Mixing it with Tour de France and world riders

Top flight cycling outfit Ballymoney CC Biesty’s Centra were not only winning local races but the local team riders have been mixing it up with Tour de France riders, World Tour and some of the best in the world of international cycling!

This was the weekend of the National Championships in cycling with BCC riders Aaron Swan and Ryan Bankhead travelling to Kilcullen, Co Kildare.

They made the trip to race with Team Sky’s Nicholas Roche, three-time national champion Dimension Data rider Matt Brammier and the Irish riders who are plying their trade against the best in the world.

While Ryan and Aaron were getting ready for international duty, their team mates Chris McCloskey and Stuart Laverty were winning the club and inter-club races.

Chris won for the first time in over 30 years at the Ballymoney CC Australian Pursuit race from Kevin McCambridge and Kyle Fleming.

Chris had enjoyed success when racing before with Team Route but has only just returned to cycling, enjoying the sportives and fundraising events.

Stuart Laverty was the winner again at the North Region Interclub series at Dervock last week and then again on Wednesday evening at the Giant’s Causeway. Laverty and his team mates controlled the eight club 30 mile race and with his team mates attacking to keep the opposition busy.

It paved the way for the talented Ballymoney lad to easily win the sprint finish from recent town centre criterium winner Michael Thompson, Bann Wheelers.

The results from the Australian Pursuit race at Ballybogey:

1st Chris McCloskey BCC;

2nd Kevin McCambridge BCC;

3rd Kyle Fleming BCC;

4th Robbie McElderry BCC;

5th Rowan Montgomery BCC;

6th Liam McAuley BCC;

7th Jordan Campbell BCC;

8th Peter Steele BCC;

9th Thomas Warke BCC;

10th Clark Logan BCC;

11th James Black BCC.

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