With Ballymoney CC Biesty’s Centra Racing Team riders are leading from the front at the top road race events in Ulster.
The Red Hand Classic road race in the Antrim hills finishing in Broughshane and 70 miles later, top A1 in the area Bryan McKinney a top 10 finisher in the season long all Ireland League used this tough test in his preparation for the up coming stage races.
Also getting the experience of classic road cycling was Mervyn Linton and first year senior Ronan Sherman.
The Sunday saw the BCC riders riders at the Danny Boy races in Feeny, previously won by Ballymoney rider Neville Patton.
The A3 race was the focus for the Biesty’s racers, heavy legs in the Red Hand saw Ronan Sherman finish in the bunch with team mate David McQuilken also finishing.
But the star of the day was Andy Boyle in the over 50’s Super Vets race, Andy was pipped on the line for first place and is racking up a lot of experience in the modern sport.
Andy is a former Northern Ireland TT medal winner along with Ballymoney team mates Eddy McKinney and Hugh McConaghie.
The next day was St. Patrick’s Day and the racing team were in action again, Bryan McKinney in Donegalat the Pomme de Terre races and Ryan Orr, the fantastic under 16 schoolboy, who finished last season beating all round him with wins at the Noel Teggart and the Mid Ulster GP, to mention a few.
Ryan was also the winner of the Ballymoney CC Best All Round Competition presented to him at the team’s awards evening with guests of honour former Chairman Charlie Dickson, the brains behind the SportNI project and former treasurer Colin Thompson and the present day team sponsor Glenn Biesty.
Ryan was in the A3 race with more than 70 riders in the field around the roads beside Lough Neagh.
From the gun, Ryan, along with former Ulster team matesand eventual winner Declan Mulholland (Clann Eireann) and Jake Gray from East Tyrone CC.
These three were away from the gun, and going into the last corner ,the Ballymoney flyer crashed and after getting back on his bike, had to settle for fourth place.