This race saw 7 LCRC riders take to the start line in what was a tough 115km hilly circuit. This is a very prestigious race on the Irish circuit and all teams and riders were keen to show themselves well here. A small break formed inside the first 10k and was quickly joined by more numbers until a lead group of 21 was established. The group got down to business straight away and a decent gap was opened. LCRC had three men in the break the best represented of any of the teams. The pace in the break was solid with 90% of the teams contributing. Frank Billings , Bren Corcoran and Sean Flynn made the split and as this is a very hilly circuit with two Cat 4 climbs to be negotiated twice things looked good for LCRC as Frank is a very prolific climber having medalled at national level in the past in hill climb champs. On the long drag after the left hand turn onto the N81 Frank went to the front and began setting a strong tempo to the top of the drag. The first of the Cat 4 climbs had a prime on offer and this was contested by Frank and one other rider with Frank just getting pipped on the line. A few riders were dropped out of the move as the pace intensified and unfortunately Bren lost contact on the assent of the second Cat 4. The group worked well as a unit riding up and overs and pulled out a huge 5min lead on the bunch. It was clear from the time gaps that if the break continued to work as it had been the winner would come from this group. With one lap completed and a huge gap established the pace on the second lap was a little less hectic. With 30k to go riders began to look at each other and the structure of the group began to break down. There was a few small attacks which were all reeled in and the stage was set for the break coming to the line as one group. The remainder of the break came to the line together but unfortunately neither of the two LCRC lads contested the sprint and both finishing outside the points. It was a little disappointing that no points were bagged but a solid days racing was had. This event is a really well ran event with each race getting its own motorbike outriders, emergency services, lead cars and cavalcade not to mention marshals on all corners and road junctions followed by much needed refreshments at the end. Congrats to all involved.