O’Hagan puts Ballymoney on the international map

By Maurice McAllister

sport@ballymoneytimes.co.uk

@BMoney_Times

race along side the best of Continental professionals.

Riders from Canada, Australia, South America, France, Belgium and Austria to name a few, all lined up in Dunboyne and set off to a tummultuous applause from the thousands of spectators who lined the route for the next days.

Covering an average of 90 mile stages each day and then coming home to Skerries on Sunday. This achievement that Niall has done puts him amongst an elite group in modern cycling.

Niall has encouraged his team mates at Balllymoney CC to enter an Antrim North Ballymoney CC team in the 2016 Ras, and this will be a goal that the top flight outfit will be aiming for in the coming season.

Ballymoney road captain Jason Taggart has expressed his support at this historical team formation. Already the team have three riders penciled into the 5 man squad as the wheels literally start to roll.

Stuart Laverty wins the Orra Mountain Classic TT.

Stuart Laverty won the 2015 seasons mountain classic TT held on the heartlands of the teams training grounds. Orra mountain!

This event is not for the faint hearted as the 18 gut churning miles offer little time to catch your breath as the riders leap off from the start on the Altirichard Road, before divinig into Orra bridge and then the lonely climbs towards Newtowncrumlin and the breakneck descent down past the Altnahinch Dam and finishing at Glenbush. The event saw riders from Ballymena, Bann Valley, Carn Wheelers, Ballycastle, Cushendall, Cookstown and Causeway Cycling Club.

The continuous growth of youth cycling and woman racers saw Cameron and Callum Wallace, Under14’s, Shay Donley, Cushendall lad Kevin McCambridge, triathlete Claire McAvoy and Maxine Surgenor showing that girls can do anything that the boys can do.