Hectic weekend for Ballymoney cyclists at several race venues

Ballymoney Cycling Club's Bryan McKinney in action.
Ballymoney Cycling Club's Bryan McKinney in action.

Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra Racing Team riders Mervyn Linton, Bryan McKinney, Ronan Sherman, veteran rider Tony Blaney and Dalriada Schoolboy Robbie Doherty were in weekend action.

The Racing Team riders were showing off the Biesty’s Centra colours at the Spires GP; the John Haldane in Newry and the Cycleways Cup in Navan.

Robbie Doherty got a top 10 finish at the Errigle Youth Race league in Gart outside Letterkenny. Robbie, who is only 15, was getting the youth race season off to a good start getting into the top 10 of this highly competitive class consisting of over 30 riders. The Ballymoney lad will be representing the team all over Ireland in the All Ireland Youth Races.

Super Vet rider Tony Blaney who last summer changed his discipline from racing to charity cyclist raising over £4,000 for Action Cancer.

Tony was at Newry on Sunday braving the blustery and wet conditions and finished 6th in the Masters Race.

The Spires GP saw Bryan McKinney, Mervyn Linton and Ronan Sherman in action in this short 48 mile race at Ballyronan.

Bryan McKinney an A1 rider was in the last group off and had to spend the day chasing the other riders in the A2 and A3 groups who got a few minutes head start. This is a type of racing that the Ballymoney team are highly critical of as it favours the lazy rider and penalises the rider who trains hardest.

Careless riding by other riders saw the fast finisher Ronan Sherman knocked off in the bunch sprint for 3rd place.

Thankfully Ronan escaped with only light bruising.

As the BCC Biesty’s Racing Team riders prepare themselves for the International stage races next month at the Tour of the North and The Tour of Ulster, these miles now are vital in the weeks to come.

One of Ireland’s top riders A1 hardman Bryan McKinney who knows what lies ahead in these tough events, passes on his experience to the younger riders and even his knowledge of where to position yourself in the bunch to get the best shelter from the wind is all given freely to his team mates.

Bryan made the journey to Navan on Sunday and was in action against 200 other riders in the Cycleways Cup over 75 miles in driving rain.

Bryan will add more quality and strength in depth to the top team in the North at the upcoming Classics. Bryan is already a gold and silver medal winner with the Ballymoney team.