Road Club holds youth open day this Saturday

Ballymena Road Club members and organisers of the 2015 Billy Kerr sportive who attended the recent launch at Montgomery's restaurant.
Ballymena Road Club members and organisers of the 2015 Billy Kerr sportive who attended the recent launch at Montgomery's restaurant.

Ballymena Road Club have announced the launch of their first Youth Open Day this Saturday, June 27, at Ballymena Showgrounds.

The event is designed to primarily encourage more young people (at least 12 years of age) into cycling and to join our cycling club.

The emphasis will be on FUN for everyone with lots of activities planned:

- learn about the different types of cycling.

- Basic bike handling skills

- how to ride in groups safely around the track

- timed laps of the track (time trial)

BRC volunteers will be on hand to answer all your questions and ensure that you have a fun and enjoyable time.

If you wish to take part in the event, a parent or guardian must get in contact via email (brcyouth@hotmail.com). You can also get in contact via phone/text on 07855 529 742 (after 6pm).

Organiser Leo McCavana says: “Since we want to encourage more young people into the great sport of cycling, we are running this as a ‘free’ event.

“This isn’t a ‘race’ - as we said, the emphasis will be on fun and enjoyment. You don’t need a ‘race’ bike to take part - anything like a BMX or Mountain Bike will be fine, so long as it is good working order and you can ride it comfortably. If you have a ‘race’ bike well that’s ok too.

“A helmet will be compulsory. Other than that, come dressed for the day. We obviously hope the weather will be nice, but please bring a rain jacket just in case. Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to accompany their children and come along and watch. If they have any questions about cycling, we’ll do our best to answer them. Please bring something to drink and eat. First Aid will be available from a BRC volunteer

BILLY KERR SPORTIVE

Ballymena RC launched this year’s Billy Kerr sportive at Montgomery’s restaurant last Monday night. The event’s charity partner this year is the NI based “Cancer fund for Children”.

The three distance sportive event, on August 15, is in memory of the legendary Ballymena Road Club road racer Billy Kerr.

The three routes – 67km, 115km and 150km are suitable for every type of cyclist/ Entry to the event which is supported by Chain Reaction Cycles and Northstone is £25. For more information or to register log onto ballymenaroadclub.co.uk or the Billy Kerr Sportive Facebook page.