Dermot sat at the back of the bunch trying to conserve energy for the first two laps of the race while a number of groups tried and failed to form a breakaway. After crossing the start-finish line after two laps he moved up the field towards the front and soon after turning off the Fermoy-Mallow road ten riders went off the front of the bunch and a breakaway was formed that looked like it had momentum, but still had 30km to go to the finish line. Dermot very quickly reacted from the middle of the bunch and after a few minutes of maximum effort managed to bridge the gap to the breakaway. Other riders joined soon afterwards and a breakaway of fifteen riders started working well together to consolidate and extend their lead.
The breakaway worked efficiently, however with 12km to go the group began to think about tactics and the pace slowed considerable as everyone watched each other. With only 6km to the finishing line Olan Barrett of Fermoy C.C. launched a blistering attack while the Tipp Wheelers rider was pulling the bunch along. A Carrick Wheelers rider also jumped as did Dermot and the three riders moved clear of the breakaway. After a number of kilometres Dermot struggled to hold the wheel of the two riders, lost contact and was caught on his own for a few minutes as the finishing line closed in. A number of riders from the original breakaway worked to close the gap on the leaders and having put all his effort into the break, Dermot was passed by a numbers of riders and was passed again only metres from the line by another small group, but managed to hold on to tenth place to claim a share of the prizes on offer.
Racing next week is hosted by The Edge cycling club, in Minane Bridge, Co. Cork.