The A1 and A2 groups came together a few kilometers after the start. The A4s fared better, holding off the A3s for a decent portion of the race. There was aggressive racing in the A1/2 group with numerous riders attempting to get away and form a breakaway. Eventually a small group escaped and a second 12-man chase group quickly formed. With a lack of marshals on the course, the lead group and chase group took a wrong and headed towards the centre of Portlaoise. Soon realising the mistake, the chase group containing the Tipp Wheeler rider took a detour along a narrow street and emerged back onto the correct road, adding 4 to 5km onto the distance. That grouped worked together at a very quick pace and the strong side winds made conditions difficult causing a couple of riders to lose contact.
With speeds in excess of 60kph in the tailwind sections of the course the group of 10 eventually caught the main bunch. The pace in the main bunch was lifted when joined by the A1/2s. Richie hung on well but was eventually dropped off the back with numerous others. Dermot continued to attack off the front as well as follow other attacks but missed the break that got away. With 5km to go the break was within sight, but there was a touch of wheels and a large crash followed. Dermot went down in the crash, luckily escaping with just the usual cuts and bruises. With bodies and bikes scatter across the road others were not so lucky and we wish those injured a speedy recovery.