Ballymoney cycling success at the Father’s Day 25 Time Trial

Father's Day 25TT winner, Dublin rider Colm Cassidy (Team UCD).
Father's Day 25TT winner, Dublin rider Colm Cassidy (Team UCD).

BCC Biesty’s Centra Racing team riders Steven McAllister, Mervyn Linton and Uel Cunningham were the clear winners of the Team prize at the Father’s Day Super Sunday 25 mile time trial at Woodgreen on the A26 between Ballymena and Antrim.

This event was arranged with the purpose of allowing riders who will be travelling to Mullingar for the Senior National Championships at the end of June.

The National Championships will see professional riders like Nicholas Roche, Dan Martin (who crashed heavily in the team time trial first stage of the Giro recently in Belfast), Philip Deignan and Mat Bramier road race winner for the past two years.

The 25 TT at Woodgreen was a last chance for the likes of bronze medal winnerlast year Colm Cassidy and woman’s winner Fran Meehan to get the legs ready.

Fifty one riders turned up on the Sunday morning and faced the timekeeper on a warm and sunny morning with a fierce and blustery wind, making conditions very difficult.

The race was won as expected by former pro rider with the top French squad VC la Pomme Colm Cassidy who was the easy winner in 49 minutes 39 seconds from John Madden (53.03) and in third was Ballymena TT specialist Stephen Workman in 53 .25.

The woman’s race was won by Team Aqua Blue rider Fran Meehan in 60.50 from Eileen Burns (BRC) 63.02, and third was Mary Hunter in 64.14.

The team prize went to BCC Biesty’s Centra Racing team riders Steven McAllister, Mervyn Linton and Uel Cunningham.

TOP RESULTS

Colm Cassidy

UCD

49.39

John Madden

Dig Deep

52.03

Stephen Workman

Ballymena RC

53.25

John Heverin

Clann Eireann

54.31

Philip Hoey

East Antrim CC

55.25

Colm Quinn

Cuchullain CC

55.46

Rodney Stewart

TVR

55.59

Mark Millar

VCM

56.01

David McKnight

TVR

56.03

Christian Nachtigall

Phoenix

56.04

Ivan Robinson

Ards

56.11

Steven McAllister

Ballymoney CC

56.36

THE DUNLOY CLASSIC

ROAD RACE

Dunloy are a newly formed club who have entered into the hussle bussle world of bike racing and grasped it with the spirit of fair play and in a competitive spirit that is a pleasure to participate in.

Older established clubs are so caught up in making the racing almost impossible for other clubs to winas they handicap it to ensure a home rider victory.

Dunloy CC have thrown down the gauntlet and set out a level playing field giving everyone a chance. This senseof fair play was rewarded when they won their own Dunloy Classic road race last thursday evening.

Riders from Dunloy, Bann Valley, Spires, Ballymena and last years winner, Glens CC, Ballycastle CC and a large team from Biesty’s Centra RT in Ballymoney.

The race was split into 4 groups and in the front group was U16 schoolboy Robbie Doherty who rode off on his own for three of the six laps before being swallowed up and was in the bunch at the finish when local club rider Chris McKeown slipped off the front and was the winner on the line from BCC Biesty’s Centra RT rider Stevie McAllister and Ballymena’s Ryan Bankhead.

BCC SUPER 10 TT

On the Ballybogey line on Wednesday evening was won by John Madden from Nigel Quigley, Nigel was preparing for the very early Ulster Championships in Donegal on Sunday and in 3rd was BCC Biesty’s Centra RT rider Steven McAllister.

In the Fly 5 TT schoolboys Robbie Doherty and Oliver Watt had excellent rides of 11 mins and 14 mins. These short

doses of riding is excellent preparation for the young riders at Ballymoney.

This Tuesday evening is the 3rd round of the Interclub League at Letterloan, Macosquin. BCC Biesty’s Centra Racing Team will have a full squad at this event.