BCC Biesty’s Centra Youth Team were at Lurgan on Sunday for the start of the off road season.
Rowan Montgomery, Jonny Weir, Reese Doherty and Clark Logan were representing the Ballymoney-based outfit. In the U10 race Reese Doherty who is only seven years old was in the top 10, and the third place went to nine-year old Clark Logan in his first few competition events.
Ballymoney CC have put in place a very structured system of coaching and monitoring young riders progress over the winter. Tests on Wattbikes and on virtual reality trainers will be part of this NEW system adopted to get the best from our young people.
Club founder and chairman Maurice McAllister along with Youth Team mentors and coaches Jimmy Davidson, Bryan McKinney, Stevie McAllister, Stuart Laverty, Ryan Patton, Devon McIlwaine and team captain Jason Taggart will be on hand to take pre planned runs, training sessions, circuits, tactics and the basics of riding and racing.
Each week a challenge is set and the riders can use this as an indication and pointer for their progression.
Saturday saw them in the Long Mountain getting used to riding in the low mountain roads, this will lead to progression onto Orra, Gelnarriff and Bishops Road, as well as the essential flat road speed work.
This programme has come from the young peoples sessions that Joan Trengove and Rhona Laverty started over the past two years and the natural progression for those want to race or look at competitive events was to get into the Mentoring Programme and start off on the right foot with the proper advise.
Joan and Rhona run these non competion cycles each Saturday leaving Biesty’s at 1.45pm.
The development groups are there at the same time an on Saturday over 40 young people were there leaving in the groups.
Every young person is invited to come along.