The race saw 160 competitors take to the starting line, which consisted of 4 laps of a 17.5km circuit. The circuit was relatively flat but with two short, low gradient climbs. Unfortunately Dermot had a bad day on the bike and quickly found himself at the back of the bunch fighting to stay in contact. After a lap and a half of struggling he recovered a little but remained in trouble on each climb as the laps progressed.
With a number of minor breakaways throughout the race never getting out of site, the key move came very early in the last lap. Eight riders moved clear of the field and the Tipp Wheelers rider saw them going. Despite not being on form he gave chase, however starting from halfway down the bunch a good gap had opened up by the time he pulled off the front of the bunch in pursuit. He reduced the gap significantly and got within 10 seconds but having turned into a headwind, and having used up so much energy in the solo chase, he could not quite close that final gap and eventually drifted back to the main group. The leading group did not work together and two riders broke off the front of the breakaway. The entire race came back together close to the finishing line for a bunch sprint. Dermot finished “uncomfortably” halfway down the main field, which had been significantly reduced by the end of the race.
The next race planned for the Tipp Wheelers is the St Patrick’s Day race, which will be held in Carrick-on-Suir.