The Rás route coming near you!

Ireland's biggest cycling race will test its competitors on the drumlin roads of Cavan and Monaghan this weekend.

Stage 4 of Rás Tailteann will see the cyclists - both Irish and international - their epic 175km route from Charlestown in Co Mayo to Monaghan.

There are five stages in total with the Cavan and Monaghan leg taking place on Saturday, May 20.

The route enters County Cavan via Granard in north Longford and passes through Killydoon, Ballinagh, the Dublin Road Roundabout at Cavan Town, Ballyhaise, and Redhills before heading on to Scotshouse in County Monaghan.

From there it heads on through, Clones Smithborough and finishes in Monaghan town. Ballyhaise may pose some hazards for the peleton as the technical notes warns competitors of the village of speed bumps and narrow bridge at the agricultural college.

On Sunday, May 21 the peleton will leave Monaghan town for the ceremonial part at 11.50am before starting in earnest at noon heading to Ballybay. From there it passes through Shercock and then Kingscourt where it crosses into Meath on its way to the race climax in Blackrock, Dublin.