A field of over 100 riders lined up for the A4 race, with Richie Bresnan representing the Tipp Wheelers and facing 3 laps. The pace was steady for the first lap until the riders hit the climb where a good tempo was set, causing many to struggle and lose contact with the main bunch. Richie continued riding well in the main bunch, however with the pace being notched up again by the climbing specialist on the second lap a large number of riders lost contact and a group of about 30 riders moved away. Richie made the best of the situation and worked extremely hard for the remainder of the race, pushing himself in an effort to get the full fitness benefit from riding such a difficult circuit eventually leading a small group of riders across the line, the first group to come in behind the 30 riders that moved away from the main bunch on the second lap.
Yet again this week the A3, A2 and A1 riders lined up for the one handicap event of a very difficult 6 laps, totalling 105km race distance. The A3 riders set off first with Tipp Wheelers' Pat Ryan sitting amongst the 80+ field of A3s. A field of 27 A2 riders set off 5 minutes behind, followed by 14 A1 riders a further 4 minutes back. We have no information on the progression of the A1 riders through the race. Dermot Radford represented the club in the A2 category. Many of the riders thought the 5 minute handicap was going to be difficult to overhaul due to the nature of the course but after 2 laps into the race it looked like the A2s had it calculated perfectly with the gap being halved from 5.00 to 2.30. The pace was steady in both groups but on each climb more and more riders were dropping off the back, unable to stay with the pace. The A2 group halved on the first climb and was whittled down again on the second lap. With the time check given the A2 riders stalled considerably with only 5 riders willing to do any work on the front. Soon the pace dropped to a leisurely speed and the gap quickly grew out from 2.30 to 5.30 to the leading A3s in a short period of time.
This triggered a number of attacks from the A2s on the third lap but each attempt was ridden down. Eventually a Killarney rider tried his luck and was allowed to just ride away and disappear up the road with nobody willing to give chase. Pat remained in the main leading A3 bunch, though there were a number of breaks that got up the road and were ridden down, but eventually one got away. In the A2 group Dermot had a word with a couple of the stronger riders who were willing to work and planned a move. He picked his spot to attack and opened up a small gap before turning right onto the main road. He continued to power on and was assisted by Stephen Murray of Dungarvan CC and Colm Turner of the Shannon based Club Rothaíochta. Together they snapped the elastic in the bunch and by the time they hit the bottom of the climb they were clear. Unfortunately the Dungarvan CC rider could not hold the pace set on the climb, which left the Tipp Wheelers rider to forge ahead with Colm Turner. They rode down a group of A3 riders containing Pat and immediately jumped ahead to the next A3 group on the road. The two did not drop the pace and immediately went to the front and split that group, taking just one rider with them. After swapping turns on the front Dermot decided to put in a big turn to get across to the next group of 3 riders up the road but dropped Colm and the other rider that had stayed with them. He continued on and joined the 3 riders, which contained the A2 Killarney rider who had escaped earlier. When they hit the climb on the fifth lap all the riders dropped away and Dermot was left on his own to continue riding. He time trialled the last 25km of the race solo, overtaking a number of A3 riders who had been dropped off the main leading breakaway. Going into the last lap he had reduced the gap down to 3.15. Dermot crossed the line, first rider after the 8 to 10 man A3 breakaway after eating further into their lead. A number of A1 riders did join the leading group of A2 riders but at that stage the Tipp Wheelers rider was long gone, coming in about 1.30 ahead of Colm, who held off the A1\2 group by a few seconds. Dermot took away the prize for the first A1\2 rider over the line for his efforts.