The 13th Charleville two-day cycle race in north Cork drew an impressive list of A4, A3 and A2 category cyclists despite the wretched, wet conditions.
The C2D traditionally marks the end of road-racing season and offers a last chance for any cyclist that may have caught a raw deal or suffered injury over the course of the season.
But as the road racing comes to a close for now, the cyclocross calendar is packed full with events over the winter.
Many rising stars have come out of the C2D, with three of the last six winners turning professional in recent years. This race also draws in a particular group of cyclists, mainly young juniors determined to set themselves apart from the normal mass of riders.
The three stages – including a time trial – are built over moderately flat terrain which suits the sprinters, typically known to be of a larger build and heavier weight.
These factors, teamed up with the lasting power of young cardio systems, produce quite an exciting race.
All performed valiantly in this year's Junior Tour of Ireland, working well within their teams while also showcasing their own individual talents.
They have come on in leaps and bounds this racing season and continue to shine bright with their performance in the C2D.
The A2/A3 winner was Dylan O'Brien with Eddie Dunbar in second and Dylan Foley third.
The A4 winner was Brian Doyle, Jerry McCarthy took second followed by John Malone.
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