BALLYMONEY CC “Biesty’s Centra” Racing Team riders took local and national cycling by the scruff of the neck, with 5 wins a 2nd and a 3rd place.
The local premier club showed that they possess a strength in depth matched only by a few other city clubs in a week of unparalleled competitive cycling.
Mervyn Linton won the David Armour Memorial.
The week started at the local Bann Wheelers 25 mile road race on the Collins circuit in Aghadowey, BCC “Biesty’s Centra” Racing Team were represented by juniors, Stuart Laverty, Ronan Sherman, Uel Cunningham, Steven McAllister and race winner Mervyn Linton.
With race handicapped it was the responsibility of the faster groups to close the gap on the front riders. The BCC plan was a simple one, If you want to beat us you will have to catch us first.
Two and a half laps into the five lap event and with Stuart and Mervyn taking turns to try and burst the field apart, a gap opened and going into the penultimate lap the Biesty’s Centra rider had opened a 40 second gap.
With riders in the field from Roe Valley, Duffin, Ballycastle as well at the Bann Wheelers riders the chase started to try and bring the lone BCC rider back. With instructions being handed out to Stuart Laverty and Ronan Sherman that should their team mate be reeled in they were to also go on the attack. But the determination and the desire for victory was too great as the Ballymoney rider powered the gap out to over a minute at the finish line. In the sprint for 2nd place junior rider Ronan Sherman got 2nd and Stuart Laverty was 4th.
At “The Prologue” TT - Dunloy to Ballymoney - Stuart Laverty was super fast.
Wednesday evening was the Ballymoney weekly club race, and it was won in style by flying junior Stuart Laverty. Stuart who has already represented
Cycling Ulster this season and is riding for a Belgium team in the RAS Donegal in June. This new type of short time trial was deliberately chosen by the
Ballymoney Club as it is still very cold and the shorter the time trial is better until it warms up a few more degrees.
Also riding in the Prologue was 12 year old Shay Donley, Shay has been active in his first few races ever and is already making a name for himself.
This was the start of a good week for Stuart as he then travelled to Kildress outside Cookstown on Saturday morning for the “Super 6 “ Time Trial on the Cookstown to Omagh road.
Here Stuart was the easy junior winner with a time of 23.05 for the 10 miles, 2nd place went to Duffin rider Craig Crawford in 23.32 and 3rd was Harry McComb East Tyrone in 23.49. Two wins in three days was good going for the Dalriada schoolboy in only his second year of racing.
Here are the Results for the “Prologue” TT
1st Stuart Laverty - (Jun)10.48
1st Gerard McNally - 10.48
3rd Steven McAllister - 10.53
4th David Strang - 11.11
5th Mervyn Linton - 11.27
6th Brian Doherty - 11.57
7th Chris Surgeoner - (U16)11.57
8th David McAvoy - 12.01
9th Philip McKeown 12.04
10th Jordan McCaw - (Jun)12.14
11th Aidan Mort - 12.47
11th Conor Bradley - 12.47
13th Philip Magill - 12.53
14th Damien Reynolds - 13.14
15th Johnny Graham - 13.15
16th Andrew Pyper - (U15)14.31
17th Shay Donley (U12)
18th Luke McAvoy - (U14) 15.29
19th Adam McMaster - (U15) 18.15
M. Burke - DNF
* Ryan Orr wins the Mid Ulster Grand Prix - A 1st and a 3rd placing in two days.
This under 16 year old who is also in contention for the Irish team to take part in the European Youth Olympics, further staked his claim on a place in the squad with his performances this weekend.
Ryan had an outstanding weekend with a 3rd place in the EYO trials race at Dromore. The race as usual was fast and furious over the rolling county Down Roads.
The sprint finish was won by fast finisher Declan Mulholland from Lurgan from Youth Tour of Scotland 2013 winner Jake Gray, and the other podium position went to Ballymoney CC “Biesty’s Centra” RT rider Ryan Orr.
Sunday came and the scene was set at the Mid Ulster GP for another show down between the top under 16 riders in the country to show again what they were all ready for action. With an early break away by a young Omagh rider Calvin Moore. Calvin stayed away on his own for two laps before being caught by the flying duo of Ryan Orr and Jake Gray.
At the line it was a tremendous win for Ryan from his best mate Jake Gray (East Tyrone) and in 3rd place Aaron Swan (TSC).
* BCC Tri Team’s Chris Surgeneor wins at Letterkenny - Ballymoney CC “Biesty’s Centra” Tri Team rider Chris Surgenor after a winter of road training in the chain gang runs with other BCC riders, specialised week day sessions at the High performance training suite at Dalriada school. Plus a mix of open road races and time trials at the start of the season put this very talented under 16 rider in peak condition for his challenges ahead.
While his team mates were in action in other parts of the province, Chris was representing his club in County Donegal at the Letterkenny Super Sprint Triathlon.
Over one hundred competitors took to the first leg of the race, the 400m swim section, where Chris is a very capable swimmer, followed by an 8 mile
headwind hammered bike section and to finish it all off a 2 mile run. This saw the Ballymoney lad sprint home to overall victory and what is in no
doubt the start of a great season.
The members of Ballymoney Cycling Club want to send their congratulations to all our riders who show off their ability and skills week in week out, and
these past few days have shown that the programme of development used by the Ballymoney club and supported by Glenn Biesty of Biesty’s Centre Ballymoney
is a success pattern that is tried and tested successfully.
* Forthcoming events - This Wednesday evening on the Ballybogey line is the club’s 10 mile TT starting at 7pm, everyone is invited to come along
to this “Club Handicap” series event.