Tour of Ards, The Carn Classic Road Races

BCC riders at the Tour of Ards. INBM13-14
BCC riders at the Tour of Ards. INBM13-14

On Saturday, a team of nine BCC Biesty’s Centra Racing team were in place to ride the early season classic 70 mile round the Ards peninsula, with the cream of the country looking to get this top event on their palmares.

The week previous saw the tea ravaged by illness and personal committment,s and the five-man squad lined up for battle.

Early action saw Bryan McKinney mixing it with the other contenders, and back from nine weeks ‘illness other BCC A1 rider Stevie McAllister in his first race of the season was at the front as if it was business as usual.

McAllister had a short run and after ten miles he punctured and with a mix up with neutral service, and despite attempts by the team car, Eddy McKinney was not able to get him back into the race with speeds in excess of 40mph.

Other BCC riders Uel Cunningham, Stuart Laverty and Ronan Sherman had mixed experiences – with Stuart and Uel completing the distance and Ronan accompanied Stevie in riding the course back to Ards, where a frustrated Bryan McKinney rode in at the back of the bunch.

It was off to Maghera on Sunday, and the Super Vets Race at the Carn Classic saw the Ballymoney riders Tony Blaney recent winner of the “Example to Others” award, and again it was him and Boyle looking to split up the Belfast and Bangor grip on the enjoyable race category.

On the line, it was Andy Boyle who came in third and Tony in fifth place, becoming the most successful team on the day.