After a hectic start with numerous attempts to form a breakaway, a group of 6 to 8 riders finally got off the front of the group to form the first significant breakaway of the race. The breakaway proved to be resilient, and although it never got any further than 40 seconds in front of the main bunch, it was only finally pulled back well into the last lap.
The racing proved to be dangerous with the high speeds and very big bunch and in the second lap there was a significant crash that brought down a number of riders. Unfortunately Pat was one of those riders, however he managed to scrub off most of his speed as riders in front of him fell before he went down himself – so he sustained no injuries. Pat was one of the only riders to pick himself up again and give chase to the bunch, but with a significant distance opened up by the group he never had any chance of getting back into the race while chasing solo. We hope there were no serious injuries sustained by any of the riders who came down in the crash and best wishes to Ian Redmond of Fermoy CC who sustained a hairline fracture of the wrist and a bump on the temple, which earned him an overnight stay in hospital.
Dermot was lucky enough not to get caught up in the crash and rode towards the front of the group for most of the race. Riders spread themselves right across the width of the road for the last 6km and Dermot had no chance of getting through to the front to compete in the mass sprint across the line.
Also, a special word of recognition goes out to John McCormac and Kieran Lees who also performed superbly on the day.... and they call that work!!