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Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Length:
2500km
Riders:
120
Terrain:
Road

First place female

Ede Harrison finished the TAW2019 in the early hours of this morning – topping the female category in a time of 7 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes. Congratulations Ede! Here's the moment of her arrival captured by race organisers:

The top 10 are in

The top 10 finishers of the TAW2019 are now safely over the line, rounded off with French rider Lee Townend at lunchtime today.

Steve Abraham finished second yesterday, and rode so hard he gave himself a nosebleed:

Matt Seward finishes

This year's fastest finisher is Matt Seward in a time of 6 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes. Congratulations Matt, and enjoy that well-earned beer.

Dan Harty has scratched

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According to event organisers, Dan Harty was pulled out of the race with just 73km to go after suffering the onset of Shermer's neck. Our thoughts go out to Dan – and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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Just 8km to go now for Matt Seward, and what will likely be a bittersweet ending for a hard ridden finale.

Day 6

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Dan is now just 75km from the finish in Kinsale, followed by Matt Seward at a distance of 25km. It’s a big gap to close, but if Matt continues at his current pace, it could be a close finish:

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A couple of hundred kilometres further back, Ede Harrison holds on to the top spot in the women’s category as she makes her way round Castletownbere – a comfortable 66km ahead of second place female Anisa Aubin.

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And Australian rider Kate Fowler reported yesterday that she thinks she’s found her rhythm – keep going Kate!

Day 5

Following Rob Webb’s scratch last night, Dan Harty now leads the way with a gap of around 25km between him and closest rider Matt Seward.

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Our Brompton pair are now past the mid-way point of the ride, and are receiving their fair share of cheer from dot watchers back home:

Late yesterday, Jo Burt found himself at the mercy of one of bikepacking’s worst surprises: the closed kitchen. Fortunately for him, the pub he found was more than happy to provide Guinness – a viable alternative to ride fuel (just don’t have more than one before getting back on the bike):

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