Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary was the venue for the traditional St Patrick’s Day race, hosted by the Carrick Wheelers.
With the recent run of good weather, the numbers who turned up to compete were large and with a new road surface recently laid on a large stretch of the circuit from Clonmel to Carrick the speed was sure to be quick on the Glenbower, Kilheffernan, Carrick circuit.
The Tipperary Wheelers were represented by Pat Ryan and Dermot Radford over two laps of the 33.5km route. Both Fermoy CC and the hosts were very active throughout the race and a number of attempts were made to form breakaways.
Though a number of breakaways formed, none of them were allowed to get very far and the high average speed of the main bunch swallowed up the many attempts throughout the race. Pat remained sitting comfortably in the bunch looking for an opportunity to make a mark on the race while Dermot jumped onto the back of a couple of breakaways that did not last too long.
A number of further attempts were made to jump away from the bunch on the run in from Kilheffernan but coming into the last 3km the entire group was back together again and were building for the last push up the short climb to the finish line.
Dermot broke away from the bunch at 3km from the line, however nobody broke with him and though he opened up a good gap in his solo attempt he was caught again with 1km to the line.
The race came down to that final push up the hill to the finish line and Pat finished well up on the bunch while Dermot also crossed the line together with the main field.