Podium finish for Ballymoney’s Andy Boyle at West Down Masters GP

Andy Boyle at the West Down GP
Andy Boyle at the West Down GP

BCC Biesty’s Centra Racing Team’s veteran rider Andy Boyle was narrowly beaten on the line at the West Down grand Prix.

This was a tough County Down circuit around the hilly roads of Rathfriland and Katesbridge.

Andy Boyle is proving to be a great asset to the highly successful Biesty’s Centra team and is a former Northern Ireland championship medal winner.

He has joined forces with hismedal winning team of Hugh McConaghie and Eddy McKinney.

The Ballymoney team have a great spread of strength in representation across the age groups.

These three will be out to show the young bucks like Arthur Taggart (U14), Shay Donley (U14), Oliver Watt (U14) and Robbie Doherty (U16) how to win races and show why the Ballymoney riders are tops in the sport.

In second place at the WDGP was Cushendall rider Brendan McAlister, a great result from the fast finishing Glens man.


In weather more like March, Ballymoney CC Biesty’s Centra held their weekly club race on the Ballybogey Road.

Recently, this road saw the world’s second largest stage race - the Giro d’Italia - and its 200 riders head towards the North Coast from the nearby town of Ballymoney.

The weather did not deter Ballymoney CC’s youth riders Lauren Laverty (U12) and fast finishers Robbie Doherty (U16) and Shay Donley (U14).

With exams restricting top quality junior rider Stuart Laverty it was a battle for the honours and Stuart’s time trial rival Mervyn Linton was in action. Mervyn, who uses these mid week races to prepare for the TT Championships that are later in the season, was riding not just one 10TT, but two of them back to back.

Mervyn did 22.31 and 24.16 and was the best placed finisher behind local top class cyclist Nigel Quigley and Donegal SportActive talent Paul Vaughan, both of these lads tied for first place with a time of 21.58 each.

BCC Road Captain Jason Taggart was second at the Dunloy CC, 10TT on the Finvoy Road.


Nigel Quigley 21.58

Paul Vaughan21.58

Mervyn Linton 22.31

Uel Cunningham22.50

Dominic Drum 23.35

Aaron Millican 24.09

Laura Maxwell 24.44

Ricky McMaster 26.09

Philip Magill 26.37

Marshall Craig 26.39

Ivan Goldsworthy 26.53

Tony Blaney (Vet) 27.03

Maxine Surgenor 27.05

Robbie Doherty (U15) 27.39

Shay Donley (U13) 30.56

Lauren Laverty (U12) 39.44


This Wednesday evening at Aghadowey, the Ballymoney riders will face a new challenge with a 2up Team Time Trial held at circuit at Rusky Park.

The first team will be off at 7.15pm. The youth rides will do one lap and the seniors two laps.

The following week is round 2 of the Interclub league and due to excess farm traffic on the popular Vow circuit,it may have to be changed to either the Tullaghans or Stroan Circuit.

Ballymoney won this six club series last year and thisyear they see it as an opportunity for young bloods to cut their racing teeth.