Ballymoney Cycling Club have enjoyed success in the road racing scene with open race victories from Steven McAllister, Aaron Swan, Bryan McKinney and Devon McIlwaine.
McAllister again along with Garreth McBride and Olly Bateson in the inter club races. Aaron Swan winning the highest accolade by winning the All Ireland schoolboy championships.
The talented schoolboy has been growing from race to race and even won the BCC race on the Tullaghans against senior
As the BCC Racing and Leisure teams continue to enjoy the ongoing success an announcement was made at the weekend
in the light of the ongoing growth of the off road cycling scene and as safety is top of the club’s priorities. To get youth involved in the sport it is vital they can enjoy themselves in a safe environment. Leisure and off road enthusiasm Niall Carlin has take the courageous step and has formed
the “ALL NEW” BCC Off Road Team, this new team will include not only kids and youth, but will also be hosting senior events around the area.
With children and youth the future of cycling it is a fantastic idea that Niall has had and will go from strength to strength as it is built on with the encouragement and enthusiasm of all the club.
With the launch of the SportNI, BCC and Dalriada coming in the next few weeks it is exciting for the town and borough that the forward thinking of BCC is taking cycling to another level.
The Ballymoney club realise that there is more to cycling than just racing and have adapted to accommodate all cyclists, setting in place a programme with tandems for the visually impaired, piggy backs and an adult trike for the disabled going on display at their sensational launch in October.
Lungbuster II sees Beattie win in style.
Local rider Chris Beattie won the last 5 mile TT of 2011 with a time of 12 minutes, this comes after Chris finished 2nd to cycling legend Joe Barr at the recent Tour of Innishowen. Chris has also entered for the New York Gran Fondo next year with around 8,000 other cyclists from all over the world.
Second to Beattie was BCC’s Steven McAllister and 3rd was dangerman and fast improving Wayne Stevens.
Two new schoolboys Luke McAvoy and Adam McMaster both showed that youth cycling is growing from strength to strength
Chris Beattie (u/a) 12mins Steven McAllister 12mins 14 Wayne Stevens 12mins 18
Jason Taggart 12mins 30 Aaron Swan 12mins 33 Damien Hazlett (Bann Wheelers) 13mins 07 Adrian Madden 13mins 21 David McAvoy 13mins 23 Garreth McBride 13mins 54 Ricky McMaster 14mins 52 Luck McAvoy 18mins 18 Adam McMaster 18mins 40
Ellen McAree 19mins 40
Jason Henry romps up Millbrae to Hill Climb victory!
The last race of the BCC racing season saw local rider Jason Henry win the prestigious Millbrae Hill Climb on the Long mountain roads above Finvoy.
On a bitterly cold evening and a great field of supporters in attendance it was clear that there would be
a tough duel between the contenders. Jason turning in a time of 3 mins and 15 secs setting his own personal
best in 2011. Aaron Swan was again amongst the big boys and set a new U14 schoolboy record, in the Bann Wheelers
Hill climb on the Cranagh, Ballymoney rider Steven McAllister was the winner there but was in 5th behind fierce friends and rivals Henry, Beattie, Swan and Stevens.
1st.Jason Henry 03mins 15 2nd.Chris Beattie 3mins 31 3rd.Aaron Swan 3mins 34 (New U14 School Boy Record) 4th. Wayne Stevens 3mins 39 5th. Steven McAllister 3mins 41 Andrew Torrens 3mins 48 Jason Taggart 3mins 53 Niall O’Hagan 4mins 07 Aaron Dickie 4mins 14 Ryan Fenton 4mins 31 Stuart Laverty 4mins 34
Caitie O’Hagan 5Mins 50
Ellen McAree 6mins 33
Ballymoney Cycling Club present Sketchers with a BCC Jersey
Trefor Owen’s proprietor of Sketchers Coffee shop and Art Supplies was presented with a
well received memento a framed club Jersey from club Ironman triathlete Johnny Graham.
The jersey takes pride of place in the coffee shop for everyone to see.
Ballymoney Cycling Club would like to thank Trefor and family for their support and hospitality over the years.