The Leinster Classic was run over a 12km hilly course around Bellewstown which promised a tough day in the saddle for all classes and so it proved. From lap1 there were riders all over the course as the various groups spat riders out the back on the succession of stiff climbs which were a feature of this course. This was run as a handicap and although the A3/Jnr bunch was given 4 minutes the A1/A2 bunch had whittled this down to just 30 secs after 3 of the 7 laps and the A3’s were caught shortly into lap 4. From then on it became a race of attrition as the strongest riders in the combined peleton pushed on and this led to small groups all over the course. The lead group had by this time been reduced to just 4 riders, James Davenport, Strata3 Velo Revolution, Jody Wright, Pheonix CC and the Lucan pair of Cian May and Dermot Trulock. These 4 built up their lead to over 2 minutes by lap six of seven laps and it was obvious that these 4 riders would decide the result between them. Then coming to the line for the bell Jody Wright jumped his breakaway companions and struck out for home on his own and although the other 3 riders got close to him out on the circuit it was Wright who came to the line alone to take a fine win. James Davenport proved best of the rest to take 2nd with Cian May coming home 3rd.