Ballymoney Cycling Club riders once again are winning races and setting the bar higher and higher for others to try and follow.
Riders Jason Taggart and Gareth McBride won the BCC 10TT championship and the GMC Electrical Road Race at Portglenone.
Other outstanding performances were done by first timers to road racing, Devon McIlwaine and Wayne Stevens, both getting 8th and 10th in their first ever open road race.
Jason Taggart wins the BCC 10TT Championship
On a drab and blustery evening on the Portrush line the Ballymoney club’s riders assembled to face a tough and testing experience for the Club’s prestigious title of Time Trial Champion over 10 miles.
Time keeper Mary McKinney lined the 22 up and as they set off it was clear that the competition would be high. Steven McAllister and Niall O’Hagan just back from a very successful RAS Donegal, where they were the 5th best team out of 18 other teams from all over Ireland.
In the field of men the girls of BCC were also in action with Sophie, Caitie and Ellen getting their prizes for their efforts in the Woman’s section.
The three finished in that order.
Personal best times were set by Olly Bateson, Devon McIlwaine, Garreth McBride, Niall O’Hagan, Wayne Stevens, Jason Taggart and Jerome McKendry.
But it was the popular and tough Taggart who was accepting no trespassers on his turf as the club’s top time trialist over this distance.
With a storming ride he was 28 and 30 seconds a head of the other two medal winners. this puts him now as the undisputed best time trialist in the club over this distance in 2011.
1st Jason Taggart 22.40 - Gold Medal
2nd Stevie McAllister 23.08 - Silver Medal
3rd Niall O’Hagan 23.10 Bronze Medal
4th Wayne Stevens 23.49
5th Olly Bateson 24.15
6th Jerome McKendry 24.38
7th Adrian Madden 25.10
8th Martin Carroll 25.20
9th Garreth McBride 25.39
10th Devon McIlwaine 26.52
11th Conor Higgins 28.47
In the Girls Junior Section:
Sophie Cameron Mitchell 34.04
Caitie O’Hagan 35.50
Ellen McAree 37.23
Derek McMenemy 22.50
James Mullan 23.59
Colin Loughery 24.00
Damien Hazlett 25.04
Nigel Elder 25.45
David Strang 25.52
Robbie McElderry 25.56
Ewan Strang DNF
McKendry, Stevens and McIlwaine in the Top 10
Six Ballymoney CC riders set off on Sunday to ride the popular Classic races in Banbridge.
The Noel Teggart Memorial races, on the Banbridge, Gillford, Scarva eleven mile circuit.
In the 80 mile Noel Teggart A race Ballymoney riders Steven McAllister and Jason Henry (U/A) were in action with the best in the country and both of them finished 7th and 8th on a very commendable display by both of them.
McAllister who is preparing to face Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Spain, riders Nicholas Roche, Philip Deignan along with other Irish professionals in the National Road Race Championships in Emyvale,
County Monaghan on Sunday 26th, there will be a full report next week.
In the A3 race Bryan McKinney and Niall O’Hagan were in action in this race. Niall suffered a mechanical problem early on and spent the rest of the race on his own, with Bryan continuing his race preparation and finished in the bunch of 46 finishers.
The B race with 56 starters, BCC riders Jerome McKendry, Wayne Stevens and Devon McIlwaine were in the thick of the action from the start.
This race was won by the coming back to form, and classy Nigel Quigley from other local club Bann Wheelers. Nigel broke clear on his own to win by a considerable margin.
In the hectic sprint for the line, Jerome grabbed 6th with Wayne 8th and Devon 10th.
With Jerome now only 2 points off being upgraded to A3, the other two lads deserve mention for their heroics in this their first ever open road races. The strength in depth this gives the Ballymoney club is invaluable when it comes to selecting teams for upcoming events.
In the school kids event, Ballymoney CC talented Cross and Passion schoolgirl Caitie O’Hagan showed her skills in this event and ended up in the top ten results.
Orra Mountain Classic TT
This has to be one of the best local races and is fast becoming a feature on the serious racers calendar each year.
One professional rider even contacted the Club to express his regret about being unable to attend due to race commitments at the Pro Series town centre races in England. On this balmy evening 19 riders faced the daunting challenge on the “Infamous” Orra mountain with the first assault on its summit on Altirichard Road.
With some of the club’s riders getting ready for the weekends Newry 3 Day it was down to the hardened TT and climbing specialists to keep the club colours flying. And once again the stylist and hard riding Jerome McKendry rose to the occasion.
Jerome smashed the club’s best ever members time by a whooping 3 minutes and 24 seconds. He has now raised the bar to a level that the rest of the club will have to stretch to get close. The new all comers record was set by weekend winner at Banbridge, Nigel Quigley, in 47 mins and 27secs.
Fast and flying schoolboy Craig Crawford also set a new schoolboy record with 51.08.
A special thank you to the time keeper Mary McKinney and the marshals who secured the roads to make sure there was safe racing enjoyed by everyone.
Other times on the night were:
1st Nigel Quigley 47.27
2nd Jerome McKendry 48.33
3rd Dean McElfatrick Bann Valley 48:48
4 Ronnie Kidd Bann Wheelers 49:31
5 Dominic Drumm Bann Wheelers 50:20
6 Wayne Stevens Ballymoney Cycling Club 50:49
7 Andrew Torrens Bann Wheelers 50:50
8 Oliver Bateson Ballymoney Cycling Club 50:57
9 Jason Taggart Ballymoney Cycling Club 51:00
10 Craig Crawford TSC / BCC 00:51:08 (New School Boy Record)
11 Devon McIlwaine Ballymoney Cycling Club 51:50
12 Adrian Madden Ballymoney Cycling Club 52:19
13 Martin Carroll Ballymoney Cycling Club 53:09
14 Stephen Logan Bann Wheelers 54:07
15 Garreth McBride Ballymoney Cycling Club 54:10
16 Philip McKeown Ballymoney Cycling Club 55:06
17 Aaron Dickie Ballymoney Cycling Club 58:40
18 Conor Higgins BCC - 61:56
19 Eddie McKinney Ballymoney Cycling Club 63:10
Bike Week in Ballymoney.
Ballymoney Cycling Club’s Joan Trengove has arranged a series of Bike events for everyone in Ballymoney this week.
On Tuesday it is the “Kids Fun on Bikes Bonanza” at the Model School from 3.30pm. Children from 8 years and under are invited to come along.
Parents are encouraged to come along and join in.
Children of all abilities and disabilities are welcome to come along on a bike, trike or balance bike, with or without stabilisers.
FREE Healthy snacks and drinks will be supplied.
Family Fun Cycle.
Thursday evening at 6.30pm from the Joey Dunlop Centre especially for kids from 9 - 11 years of age, there is an opportunity for a safe and enjoyable family bike ride following the SAFE and secure town’s Connect” shared path network to the Riverside park and back to the JD Centre.
FREE healthy drinks and snack will be provided.
Youth Leisure bike ride with Professional Cyclists
An exciting opportunity for 12 - 16 year old kids to meet and ride with the BCC Racing Team and other professional cyclists from here in Ireland. Not only will you be able to meet the riders and go for a leisurely run at “Your own” pace, but this is an opportunity to see the specialised equipment they use in competition.
The £7000 machines, the aero top of the range wheels and clothing these athletes have to compete week in week out. Everyone is invited to the Townhead street car park on Friday night at 6.30pm.
FREE Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Club racing this week
Wednesday night is the BCC Road race at Bendooragh, starting at 7.15pm and is 25 miles long. The Interclub league road racing is at Bann Wheelers this week and is on the Letterloan Circuit at Kennedy’s Quarry from 7.00pm