Young riders star at Ballymoney Cycling Club Circuit TT

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Cycling today is seeing a lot of middle aged cyclists getting involved, but Ballymoney Cycling Club are bucking this trend and going all out to encourage the young riders to take part in the sport.

On a bright but windy evening 27 riders faced the timekeeper on the 10.4 mile Kirkhills circuit. From the 27 starters nine of them were 16 years or younger, with two young men, Ewan and Jack McMaster, riding their first ever race and in careful safety conditions with their parents following them they really enjoyed the racing experience.

Special congratulations has to go not only to Jack and Ewan (Under10) but to Ellen McAree (under14), Aaron Swan, Stuart Laverty (both Under16), Jordan McCaw (Junior), Chris Surgeoner (Under16), Adam McMaster and Luke McAvoy (Both Under14).

The race itself was won by Ballymoney CC Racing Team rider Steven McAllister from Jason Henry and Niall O’Hagan.

Good performances also came from Ryan Patton, Aaron Dickie, Jordan McCaw and Conor Higgins.

Conor and Jordan are just this year getting involved in racing. It will be interesting to see how they progress this year.

Details of all Ballymoney CC riders will be covered each week in our local newspapers and on the Ballymoney Cycling Club website: www.ballymoneycyclingclub.com.

Full Results:

1st Steven McAllister (Ballymoney CCRT) 24.44

2nd Jason Henry (U/A) 24.55

3rd Niall O’Hagan (DTRC) 24.59

4th Jerome McKendry 25.18

5th Chris Beattie 25.22

6th Jason Taggart 25.44

7th Aaron Swan (U16) 25.47

8th Neville Patton 26.15

9th Ollie Bateson 26.18

10th Ryan Patton 26.22

11th David McAvoy

12th Stuart Laverty (U16) 27.54

13th Ryan Fenton 28.05

14th Aaron Dickie 28.32

15th Johnny Dillon 28.53

16th Jordan McCaw (Jun) 29.01

17th Chris Surgeoner (U16) 29.33

18th Noel McIlfatrick 29.51

19th Graeme Elliott (Left)30.08

20th Ricky McMaster (Right) 30.22

21st Conor Higgins 30.47

22nd Adam McMaster (U14) 34.27

23rd Luke McAvoy (U14) 35.45

The Under10’s and girls results,

Ellen McAree (Under14) 43.35

Jack McMaster (Under10) 17.05

Ewan McMaster (Under 10) 17.05

A SPECIAL EVENT for a SPECIAL CAUSE

The NW200 charity cycle for Action Medical Research for Children this weekend starting at the Pits area on Sunday 13th May, signing on from 9.30am. The cycle starts at 11.00am on the world famous North West 200 circuit. There will be marshals, motorbike outriders and a cup of tea and some refreshments for all of those taking part at the finish! Adults are asked to donate £10 to the charity.

With celebrities like world champion cyclist Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) and Tour de France and Eurosport presenter Chris Boardman M.B.E, presenters Kirstie Gallagher and Davina McCall to name but a few who are also very actively involved in supporting this very exciting charity, the cyclists at Ballymoney Cycling Club were keen to come on board with the organisers of the NW200 and join the walkers and runners on the Sunday morning on the north coast.

The walkers and runners will do one lap of the circuit and any cyclist who wishes can also do one lap or a few laps.

As this is a family event it is at the pace that suits you best.

Ballymoney CC chairman Charlie Dickson said on the radio that it is about getting out and supporting a great cause as well as maybe kick-starting a personal healthy living routine for many of us who need a bit more exercise.

No speed just a healthy pedal down to York Corner, round the station bend to the Magic roundabout, swinging north for Mathers cross, down to the Metropole, Dhu Varren, the Black Hill around Juniper and back to the start and finish. “On two Wheels!”

Everyone is invited to come along and support Action Medical Research, hope to see you at the Pits on Sunday for the start at 11.00am

Interclub races

This Wednesday evening sees the start of the “Interclub” race series between Ballymoney Cycling Club, Carn Wheelers, Ballymena Road Club, Bann Valley, Spires CC and Bann Wheelers. The first race is at Ballymena on the Slaght circuit.

As each team is allowed 13 riders the Ballymoney club will be looking to take along a full squad.

For more details contact Aaron Dickie on 07967177823