This weekend Ballymoney hosts the biggest youth cycling event in Ireland when the Giro and Youth National Cycling Championships comes to town and Northern Ireland for the first time. Over 200 riders from all over Ireland will compete with the Time Trial taking place on Saturday morning between Dunloy and Ballymoney.
The event gets underway at 9am, with the sign on taking place at the Cuchullain GAC Academy on Bridge Road and finishing at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre. The Road Races take place around the Stranocum, Dervock, Stroan and Kirkhills circuit with boys and girls aged from 10-16 years competing. This runs from 2pm until around 5.30pm with all races finishing in front of the Bush Valley school. The strength of cycling in Ballymoney is such that 11 young riders from Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra are in the massive field with some of them are racing for the first time.
The final Sunday morning final round is a Criterium on a partially closed section of the town centre course which includes Townhead Street, North Road, High Street, Linenhall Street, Victoria Street, Church Street, High Street and the finish line. The town centre Criterium starts at 9am on Sunday morning and the racing will finish around 1pm with the Deputy Mayor of Ballymoney Mr Harry Connolly, top Irish racer and fastest veteren rider John Madden along with Marcus Christie, recently returned from the Commonwealth Games, presenting the medals at the Town Hall in an award ceremony.
Ballymoney CC members have spent the last six months in preparation for this event and with in now almost upon us the club are getting ready to add another accolade to the most successful club in the area’s palmares.
All local clubs are asked to come along and help in what ever way possible to ensure the success of the event and also the safety of the young people taking part. If you are interested please contact organisers Maurice McAllister on 07707088396, Rhona Laverty on 07967647919, Ryan Patton 07749112848 and Jason Taggart 07834273469.