What a great week that was for Ballymoney Cycling Club

The BBC at the Causeway triathlon
The BBC at the Causeway triathlon

Ballymoney Cycling Club Biesty’s Centra racers and triathletes dominated local and national sport with

first places​ and filling the top placings at events.

Claire McAvoy wins the Oz Pursuit

Claire McAvoy wins the Oz Pursuit

The Ballywalter Triathlon ​saw Soni​a Knox and Claire McAvoy take first and second. This follows a week where Claire won the club’s own Oz Pursuit on the Vow Rd. Bryan McKinney led in a first five places sweep at Dunloy at Lislagan with a Biesty’s taking the top five places.

At the Kilrea Youth Racing on Friday night, Rowan Montgomery won with BCC youth in second and third, seventh and ninth as well. Sonia ​was also the winner at the Causeway Triathlon in Portrush last weekend.

The return to form of flying Ballymoney High school pupil Arthur Taggart saw this talented young man get 1st place at the Lurgan Criterium on Friday night. This is a very special result for Arthur as he is only recovering from a broken collar bone.

The BCC combine team along with Emily McLaughlin from Springwell runners won the Relay at the Causeway Triathlon with Ricky McMaster and Norma Snelling.

Sonia Knox wins at Ballywalter

Sonia Knox wins at Ballywalter

The Ballymoney Cycling Club Tri team of Sonia Knox (1st Woman), Norma Snelling, Ricky McMaster, Davy McAvoy, Philip Magill and Scott Bell had a great day and their results were: David McAvoy - 2:14:47; Sonia Knox - 2:22:29; Philip Magill - 2:34:23 and Scott Bell - 3:35:33

The Ballywalter Peninsula TC Sea Sprint Triathlon again had Ballymoney Cycling Club Tri team athletes at the front with Sonia and Claire getting first and second females. The BCC Tri Team girls had a great squad out with Sonia and Claire joined by ​Janine Gordon, Norma Snelling and Megan Timms. The boys were represented by David McAvoy.

Claire wins at the Champions Week Oz Pursuit.

What a week for Claire McAvoy as she is just finding her skills being tested each week in every cycling discipline from time trialling, road Racing and triathlons.

Arthur Taggart wins at Lurgan

Arthur Taggart wins at Lurgan

On Wednesday night it was the Road Race at Bendooragh with a large field lined up including Stuart Laverty just back from riding for Ulster at the Premier calendar race at the Beauont Trophy in Northampton.

Schoolboys Robbie Doherty and Shay Donley made up the chasing scratch group with Laverty and McAllister.

Results: 1st Claire McAvoy BCC Biesty’s Centra Tri team; 2nd Stuart Laverty BCC Biestys Centra Race; 3rd Robbie Doherty U16 BCC Youth Team; 4th Ryan Wallace BCC Race Team; 5th Steven McAllister BCC Race; 6th Pete McKenna BCC Race; 7th Gareth Peden Causeway CC; 8th Callum Wallace U14 BCC youth Team; 9th Jake Taggart U12 Youth Team; 10th George Peden U16 Youth Team; 11th Jack Dawn Hart U12 BCC Youth Team; 2nd Douglas Hill BCC Race Team; Scott Bell BCC Tri; Rowan Montgomery.U12; Cameron Wallace U14; Clarke Logan U12.; Philip Logan; Jordan Campbell; Liam Patricia McAuley U12; Rob Suzanne Lawrence U14; Kevin Mccambridge U14; Shay Donley DNF; Scott Donley (Puncture).

McKinney wins the Dunloy Road Race

Bryan McKinney who has been out of the sport for a few years with injury won the Dunloy Club race on Thursday evening on the Bravellen circuit. This was a great evening results wise for the Ballymoney outfit getting the first five places. Results: 1st Bryan McKinney BCC Biesty’s Centra; 2nd Stuart Laverty; 3rd Jordan McCaw; 4th Aaron Dickie; 5th Finn Sands Robinson U16 (All BCC Biesty’s Centra Racers.

​The following evening at Kilrea in the Bann Valley Youth Races, Rowan Montgomery U12, Liam McAuley U12

and Callum Wallace U14, held off the chasing pack getting a clean sweep on the podium, in

seventh place was Jordan Campbell and other BCC tea mate Cameron Wallace in ninth making five 5 BCC Youth Racers in the top 10 twice in one week.

BCC Biesty’s Centra U14 flyer Arthur Taggart travelled to the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy and Clann Eireann CC races at Lurgan on Friday, winning from a breakaway group of three the prestigious under 14 race. This was Arthur’s first road race since breaking his collar bone while race in the Isle of Man.

Shay Donley, riding for the National academy at the youth races in Burnley, England. Shay was caught up in an early crash but worked hard to secure a win for other Irish rider Mark Smith. Despite illness Shay still got ninth.

Coming Events

This Wednesday night is the feared Tullaghans Road race on the Long Mountain circuit. 28 miles x 4 laps for the seniors. Sign on from 6.45, race starts at 7.30pm.