The riders then started the first of five 22km laps. At 15km into the race 6 riders, including Dermot, managed to get away from the bunch and worked well together to open up a good gap. The pace slowed into the second lap and a few more riders bridged across to the front group, resulting in the group swelling to 10 riders. The gap on the bunch again opened up to a maximum of 1 min 20 sec, after which the cohesion went out of the group with a number of riders looking to skip turns and conserve energy. With 45km remaining the gap had been pegged back to 40 seconds. Eddie Barry of Planet Tri attacked from the break on the toughest part of the course but did not mange to open the gap by any more than 15 seconds. He was soon caught by the 9 men chasing, after which the cagy riding started again. Not satisfied, Eddie tried again in the same place on the last lap but this time took Hugh Mulhearne of Iverk Carrick Wheelers with him. They got a gap and with only 20km to the finish Dermot jumped away from the break and rode across to them. A few from the break also tried to bridge across but with the three in front were driving hard and the gap eventually opened up to 40 seconds.
With 2km to the line Eddie made his move and attempted to sprint away. Hugh reacted immediately and shut the move down. Dermot then immediately counterattacked, opening up the gap and time trialling the last 1.5km to the line to take the victory.
The club continues to grow and go from strength to strength. It is not just the victories that measure our success, it is the number of members taking part in events such as the Joey Hannon triathlon and the Great Limerick Run. It is something we should all be proud of!