The final race of the day, and of the weekend, was the Elite Men who had 8 laps, of the now very dry, course. Forty-two riders started the race in a cloud of dust along with the wide stone start. By the end of lap one, there was a small bunch off the front of the race. In that bunch there were three visiting riders – Ben Chilton (Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus), Dan Barnes (Team Spectra Wiggle P/B vitus) and Cyprien Gilles (Fima Cyrpeo Alian). This bunch stayed together until Lap 6 when the two British riders, Dan and Ben, pulled away from French rider Cyprien. At the finish, it was Dan Barnes who took the win ahead of Ben with Cyprien finishing third. The first Irish rider was Chris McGlinchey (Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus) who finished fourth with Espoir rider Dean Harvey (VC Glendale) finishing fifth. Winner of Day 1’s Support race, Alex Ryan (Ibis Off-Road p/b Eliel Cycling Team) from the USA, finished sixth. Darnell Moore (Team Caldwell Cycles) won his mini-battle with Darragh McCarter (Spellman-Dublin Port) to take 7th and 8th respectively.

1st. BARNES Dan GBR Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus 57:00
2nd. CHILTON Ben GBR Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus 57:13
3rd. GILLES Cyprien FRA Fima Cyrpeo Alian 57:46
4th. MCGLINCHEY Christopher IRL Team Spectra Wiggle P/B Vitus 57:52
5th. HARVEY Dean IRL VC Glendale Academy 58:13
6th. RYAN Alex USA Ibis Off-Road p/b Eliel Cycling Team 58:38
7th. MOORE Darnell IRL Team Caldwell Cycles 58:48
8th. MCCARTER Darragh IRL Spellman-Dublin Port 58:56
9th. CAROZZO Marco ITL Git 59:04
10th. O’REGAN Timothy IRL Team WORC 59:12
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Many thanks to John Dempsey and the army of volunteers from Clonmel Cycling Club for hosting the race. It was a great showcase of Irish Cyclo-cross and everyone is encouraged by the possibility of a return next year. Thanks to all the riders for supporting the race and to the spectators who came along to support them. Thanks to all the sponsors for the event and to the crew from Cycling Ireland for supporting the event“, Martin Grimley