Ballymoney Cycling Club riders on form to....win, win, win

The Wallace McNaul Memorial shield being presented by Team Route's Richard Nicholl to BCC racer Mervyn Linton.
The Wallace McNaul Memorial shield being presented by Team Route's Richard Nicholl to BCC racer Mervyn Linton.

Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra racers were on form to win at the Wallace McNaul Memorial 10TT and at the Phoenix CC “Crit in the Park in Belfast.

Flying time trial rider Mervyn Linton won the Wallace McNaul Memorial shield donated to the Ballymoney outfit by friends and former members of Team Route.

Coleraine schoolboy Jake Taggart is showing that he is developing well in the tough sport of cycling

Coleraine schoolboy Jake Taggart is showing that he is developing well in the tough sport of cycling

The time trial is a memorial event to commemorate cycling pioneer and stalwart in the sport for over fifty years, Wallace McNaul, who sadly passed away last year.

The race was a special event that saw over 30 riders take to the Finvoy road course.

This was a course that Wallace promoted many events on and even held the Irish schoolboy championships just like his modern day counterparts Ballymoney Cycling Club who only last year held the largest national youth championships seen in over 60 years in Ireland.

Former team Route racers, Chris Nicholl, Mervyn Brolly, Chris Beattie and Irish Cyclo cross champion Jason Henry were on the start line to honour the memory of their former team boss.

Under 10 winner Clark Logan in Belfast Criterium action

Under 10 winner Clark Logan in Belfast Criterium action

With some light hearted joking on the start line it was clear that it would be a four way battle between Team Route racers Beattie and Henry against Biesty’s riders McAllister and Linton off last.

With the progress in the ever changing world of modern bike technology it was a mark of respect that the riders all used conventional race bikes, and not turning to the aero hi tech machines for this race.

First place went to Mervyn in 23:15, from Chris Beattie second and Steven McAllister third. Schoolboy Under 16 sensation Anthony Bradley was fourth with a shattering time of 23:54. The fastest woman rider was recent Father’s Day 25tt runner up, Claire McAvoy.

The fastest under 16 and 14 Ballymoney Cycling Club riders were Cushendall schoolboy Kevin McCambridge in the 14’s and promising Dalriada pupil George Peden was the fastest in the 16’s.

Coleraine schoolboy Jake Taggart was again showing that he is progressing well in the sports along with other 12’s and first girl Lauren Laverty, Jack Hart and Megan Stevenson.

Ballymoney Cycling Club would like to thank the support from the other clubs in the area, Dunloy Cycling Club, Glens Cycling Club, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Bann valley,Causeway Cycling Club, Roe Valley and Sperrins Cycling Club.

SHAY DONLEY AND CLARK LOGAN WIN IN STYLE

On Wednesday and Friday night the Ballymoney Cycling Club youth team riders were at Newtownards and

Ormeau Park Belfast to ply their closed street circuit racing skills.

In the Under 16 racing Robbie Doherty was fifth at Ards and in the Belfast Crit, Breandan Flannaghan was also fifth with team mates Scott Donley eigth in the Under 12’s.

Storming performances of the two evenings went to Shay Donley winning the U14 racing at Ards and Ormeau. Shay is now put himself into the national frame about to receive a call up to the Ireland National squad to race at Preston and later at Cardiff.

Donley who is becoming a name in the forefront of youth cycling has shown that if he keeps his feet on the ground and continues to learn he has the ability to be considered for selection for future international events.

The fast improving under 12 rider Rowan Montgomery was runner up and the BCC tear away under 10 rider Clark Logan stormed home to win the 10’s race.

Away on international duty at the Beaumount Trophy was Stuart Laverty. Stuart was called up to represent Cycling Ulster along with top Ulster riders Peter Hawkins, Darnell Moore, Angus Fyffe and Tour of the North winner Dave Watson.

This is a UCI premier calendar race held out side Newcastle upon Tyne. The field will contain 187 riders and be run over 118 miles.

Uel Cunningham was runner up at the Glenbuck 25 TT to John Madden at Dunloy on Thursday evening with Stuart Laverty in third place.

The Causeway Triathlon, the Gran Fondo and the FROG took place at the weekend and all of these events had Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra riders competing at them, a full report will be in the media next week.

COMING EVENTS

This Wednesday evening Ballymoney Cycling Club will hold another OZ pursuit race, starting in Bendooragh at 7.30pm.

The course will be, Bann Road, Vow Road, Bendooragh Road and the finish will be outside Sketchers Coffee shop. Everyone is invited to come along!