Ballymoney CC’s Biesty’s Centra Youth team rider Breandan Flannagan was 2nd at the Dunloy Classic road race and then in the tough Long
Mountain Classic road race he was third behind Stuart Thompson. Thompson was using the Ballymoney race in his final buildup preparation for the weekends Newry 3 Day stage race.
The mid week focus was on the Ballymoney Long Mountain Classic held on the Tullaghans circuit. This event attracts riders from other clubs who travel to take part in what is described as a real beefy challenge. Featuring the now infamous muscle roasting drag from the Finvoy road to the St Mary’s school cross and over the Tullaghans top to the finish. Taking in the Leck and the twisty fast descent to the Finvoy road. Over 6 miles of good roads for racing on.
The early chasing was done by the BCC youth team Finn Sands Robinson, Kevin McCambridge, Shay Donley along with Robbie Doherty and Flannagan. At the weekend Robbie was 11th in the A race at Cranford in Donegal as he is in the sights of the Ulster selectors as they finalise their choices for the Junior Tour of Ireland team. Under15 rider Kevin McCambridge won the Glens CC 10 mile TT on Thursday night in 23:31.
BCC were in international action with M40 racer Alastair Henry getting 7th at the Nicosia Criterium in Cyprus
The race was split into 4 groups with the race winner Thompson in the back group it was full gas for 4 laps until everyone came together and then it was all out attacks to the finish with Thompson first from Dunloy’s Philip McGuigan, just back from injury and the Under16 Ballymoney CC lad Breandan Flannagan. The BCC Youth race was won by U13 rider Rowan Montgomery from Andrew Gordon Carn Whs and Coleraine rider Jordan Campbell in 3rd
Results from the Long Mountain Classic.
1st Stuart Thompson Spires CC
2nd Philip Mc Guigan Dunloy CC
3rd Breandan Flannagan (U16 BCC)
4th Shay Donley (U15 BCC)
5th Daniel Mullan Roe Valley
6th Pete MacCionáoith BCC
7th Kevin Mccambridge (U15 BCC)
8th Conor Bradley Dunloy CC
9th Stuart Nevin BCC
10th Graeme Elliott Carn Whs
11th Brian Lowry Roe Valley
Ballymoney CC Youth Results from the Long Mountain Classic
1st Rowan Montgomery BCC
2nd Andrew Gordon Carn Whs
3rd Jordan Campbell BCC
4th Kyle Fleming BCC
5th Peter Andrew Juli-Anne Steele BCC
6th Thomas Warke BCC
7th Callum Wallace BCC
8th Rachel McLaughin BCC
9th Cameron Wallace BCC
Coming Events - This Wednesday is the prestigious Wallace McNaul 10 mile TT shield being run on the Finvoy Rd. It is a non aero event, but TT bikes can be used if preferred, Sign on at Lislagan PS from 6:30pm racing from 7:15pm. Everyone is invited to take part.