Ballymoney Triathlon and Race teams continue with success

Sonia Knox, Janine Gordon and Norma Snelling enjoying the Summer Tri at the JDLC. INBM20-15
Sonia Knox, Janine Gordon and Norma Snelling enjoying the Summer Tri at the JDLC. INBM20-15

Ballymoney Cycling Club’s Biesty’s Centra Race and Triathlon teams are again in 2015 enjoying weekly success.

The recent “Summer Triathlon saw BCC’s newly crowned European Champion Sonia Knox getting the fastest woman,

Sonia Knox is the first Lady. INBM20-15

Sonia Knox is the first Lady. INBM20-15

Janine Gordon show great improvement and missing out on a podium place by a few seconds.

On a new course set out on the Ballybogey Rd, Top time trial testers Mervyn Linton set a NEW Ballymoney CC record for the 10 mile TT in a time of 21.56 and youth riders Finn Sands Robinson, Shay Donley and Jake Taggart all set U16/14 and 12 records in the process.

A new woman’s record was set by Sonia Knox in a time of 24.43. It has to be noted that with today’s state of the art technology it was pointed out to timekeepers Chris Surgeoner and Maurice McAllister that the course was 0.13 of a mile (230yds) to long. So before the Ballymoney Top flight outfit can use this course for Championships, this will have to be remeasured and agin it will see even faster times.

The Allcomers record was set by Ballymoney Favourite and the fastest time trialler on the island of Ireland John Madden. John did a usual spectactular time of 20:56 on what was a cold and high wind experience with no semblance what soever of a spring evening.

Niall O'Hagan

Niall O'Hagan

Again a great turn out of youth riders were in the field. The younger U12 and 14 year olds usually accompanied by a parent on a bike or in a car with the U12’s riding the distance and the timekeeper giving them a time to generate ongoing interest.

Megan Stevenson U12, James Black U12, Jack Hart U12, Lauren Laverty U12, Clark Logan U11, Callum Wallace U14, Liam McAuley U12, Connor Mullan U16, Rowan Montgomery U12, Jordan Campbell U14, Cameron Wallace U14, Jake Taggart U12, Jacob Murray U16, Kevin McCambridge U14, George Pedan U16, Shay Donley and Finn Sands Robinson. Congratulations to all of you.

The results for the Super 10TT were: 1.John Madden 20:56; 2. Mervyn Linton Ballymoney CC 21:56; 3.Uel Cunningham Ballymoney CC 23:05.4; 4.David Strang Bann Valley 23:45; 5.Paul Mc Quillan Bann Valley 24:29; 6.Sonia Knox Ballymoney CC Female 00:24:43.0; 7.Marshall Craig Ballymoney CC 25:07.0; 8.Finn Sands Robinson Ballymoney CC U16 25:11; 9.Graeme Morrison Ballymoney CC 25:18; 10.Shay Donley Ballymoney CC U14 26:12; 16th Jake Taggart Ballymoney CC U12 30:45

Congratulations to BCC’s Niall O’Hagan who finished the top quality Tour of Ulster at the weekend, Niall, was in the splintered field that saw the 2nd stage abandoned at Kilkeel after 45 of the 97 miles were covered. This was due to sub zero conditions, snow, driving rain and hail stones battering the riders with some falling off as they could not hold onto the handlebars.

The next two stage of 92 and 75 miles saw Niall battling on to complete this achievement as he goes into the 8 day An Post Ras International stage race starting in Dunboyne this Sunday.

Team mate Steven McAllister guesting for So Cycles Dublin Team had to withdraw due to a family bereavement. Ballymoney CC, members, supporters and friends would like to send their condolences to Gemma and her family at this sad time.

This Wednesday evening Ballymoney CC hold the open and exciting Oz pursuit race on the Ballybogey, Dervock, Benvarden circuit. Sign on is from 6.15 in Ballybogey and the first riders are off at 7pm on this 12 mile sprint circuit.

Thursday night is the Dunloy 9 man Team TT...25 miles for the 9 starters with 5 having to finish or the time is taken from the 5th rider, sign on at 6.30, riders off at 7pm.