Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra Racing Team riders started the 2015 season where they left off by winning and getting more riders into the top five than any other club or team.
A first place, two fourth and two fifth places....in the space of two days. Niall O’Hagan has gone from A4 to A3 and now to the prestigious position of A2 following a series of top 10 positions in 2015. On Sunday Niall was fourth in the Bann Valley Classic getting the points needed to be upgraded to this new lofty position, the race at Clady was won by leading junior Marc Heaney.
In the B race at Clady BCC race team rider Jack Owens was fifth in the bunch sprint along with finishing team mate Aaron Dickie. Jack will be setting his sights on the upgrading to A3 following this result.
The weekend had already started with Under14 Shay Donnelly winning the Dave McCall Foundation time trial at Crumlin from a field that had all the top youth in Ulster lined up, in fourth place was team mate Arthur Taggart.
Also racing at Crumlin were BCC youth team riders James Black, Liam McAuley, and Scott Donley in the Under12 section. Robbie Doherty was fifth in two days showing just how adaptable he is with top 5 finishes at Crumlin and the on the Sunday at Omagh.
Robbie was joined in the race series U14 race by under 14 rider Jordan Campbell.
This result for Robbie follows a 7th placing against adult racers at the Ballymoney-hosted Balnamore Spring Races. Over 40 riders took part,the win going to Ballymoney lad Gareth Peden. Fourth and sixth went to P.McKenna and Aaron Dickie of BCC Biesty’s Centra race team.
In the Under 12 race at Balnamore the winner was Irish bronze medal winner from Ballymoney, Rowan Montgomery. 3rd, Scott Donnelly and 4th, Jake Taggart. Young Jack Hart and James Black were in the mix for the places as well.
Congratulations to BCC senior riders Steven McAllister, best placed BCC rider Niall O’Hagan, Mervyn Linton, Uel Cunningham and, depite suffering a major crash when his forks snapped, Stuart Laverty. All 5 BCC racers finished the International Tour of the North over 250 miles in three days. Teams struggle to finish with a couple of riders but the top flight Ballymoney outfit had all five of their team finish.