Eileen begins 2015 race season on winning note

Eileen Burns made a winning start to her 2015 racing season.
Eileen Burns made a winning start to her 2015 racing season.

Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – member Eileen Burns got her 2015 season off to the best possible start at the weekend.

Eileen, named Adult Sportspoerson of the Year at the recent Ballymena Sports Awards, won Sunday’s Phoenix Grand Prix women’s race at Nutts Corner, the opening event of what she hopes will be as successful a year as 2014.

Ryan Bankhead was sixth in the A3 race; all the day’s events were held in atrocious weather conditions.

Afterwards Eileen said: “It was a great race. I went very earlier in the first mile or so.

“I was able to make up my starting handicap and then I had another go in the last mile on my own to take the race.

“It was a nice achievement – I hope the first of many a challenge for 2015.”


Newry Wheelers’ new signing, Andrew Bye, was the winner of the A race at the season-opening Annaclone Road Races on Saturday, where he dominated affairs to win by over two minutes.

The race was handicapped with the A3’s getting a three minute lead over the A1’s and 2’s.

However by the time the scratch group caught the A3’s a small group had broken away.

This group included Matthew Brennan of Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles, Niall O’ Hagan of Ballymoney and Andrew Bye of Newry.

Bye, a former member of the Sigma Sport line up, has quite a pedigree and was the Southern Counties Road Race Champion in 2008 and was sixth in stage 3 of the FBD Rás that same year.

Clifford Grant tells me that Matthew Brennan was away for most of the race and got caught in sight of the line.

From all accounts he worked very hard during the race but just hadn’t enough left to secure a top six placing.

One rider who did get in the results however was former Ballymena Road Club member Sean Carey who now rides in the colours of North Down.

Sean showed he has retained some of his sprinting ability to take the sprint for fourth position.


Ballymena Road Club members should note that their main sponsor - Chain Reaction Cycles – will be holding the first of four club discount nights at their flagship Store Boucher Road Belfast on Tuesday 3rd March.

This event is part of the club’s on-going sponsorship arrangements with the company.

Details of the generous offers and discounts on top clothing ranges are available on the club’s website.

As usual we request that all pre Orders are sent to the shop email account.

The pre order system will close at 5pm on Thursday 26th February. Belfast_Store@chainreactioncycles.com.