Last week’s action in the Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – club race series was the club’s final 10 miles time trial of the 2015 season.
It had been extremely wet all day but thankfully conditions improved in time for the event and it went ahead as scheduled, although with a change of venue from the Glarryford circuit to Woodgreen.
Conditions were fast with all but two of the BRC riders either posting a personal best or a recent season’s best time.
Jason Burns topped the club result with an impressive time of 21 minutes 26 seconds, which was 1 minute 16 seconds faster than top veteran rider Michael Carroll who clocked 22.42. Nigel Kernohan posted a personal best 22.47 for third place.
There was another PB for fourth placed Philip Morrison who clocked 22 minutes 50 seconds to beat his previous best, from April this year, by over three minutes! Philip won the handicap section.
Breandan McCavana was fastest junior with a PB 23.04 while Laura Blair won the ladies section with a PB time of 24 minutes 17 seconds. Mervyn Linton (Ballymoney) was fastest of the visitors with 20 minutes 38 seconds.
Results (BRC Club section)
(1) Jason Burns 21.26 (2) Michael Carroll 22.42 (3) Nigel Kernohan 22.47 (4) Philip Morrison 22.50 (5) Daryl Sempey 23.02 (6) Breandan McCavana 23.04 (7) Luke McMullan 23.47 (8) Jon Hilditch 23.51 (9) Laura Blair 24.17 (10) Adrian Kerr 24.34 (11) Gary McCappin 24.40 (12) Ryan Currie 24.43 (13) John Maxwell 25.24 (14) Beresford Millar 28.28
Visitors (1) Mervyn Linton (Ballymoney) 20.38 (2) Ryan Patton (Ballymoney) 22.42 (3) Edward Kearney (Phoenix) 22.49 (4) Peter Dallat (Ballycastle) 23.23 (5) Fergus Byrne (Bann Valley) 23.34 (6) Colin Wilson (Ards) 24.37 (7) Gerry Scullion (Bann Valley) 27.01 (8) Deirdre McAuley (Bann Valley) 27.46 (9) Darrell Erwin (Hand cycle) 31.13
Handicap (1) Morrison 20.51 (2) Blair 22.59 (3) Kerr 23.03 (4) Hilditch 23.12 (5) Carroll 23.23 (6) Kernohan 23.34
ROAD RACING LEAGUE
Ryan Bankhead continues to lead the club’s road racing league series which will be concluded at Glarryford when the Will Henry cup race takes place on Wednesday 26th August. Chief marshal is Hall Booth. The eight race league is very close this year between Ryan Bankhead and Matthew Brennan.
Ryan has 56 points while second placed Matthew has 52. Connor Young is third on 38. A rider’s best seven scores from the eight rounds counts for the overall league positions
Friday 28th August Sherdan Caldwell memorial Crebilly hill climb.
Ballymena Road Club’s touring section will travel to Westport on Friday 28th August for a four day tour in the area, they will return on bank holiday Monday 31st August.
One week later on Sunday 6th September the final “away for the day” tour takes place when the “Last Resort” tour of the harbours takes in a very scenic north coast route.
The tourists had hoped to start from Portrush but this is the same date as the air show in the resort so they will revert to their usual starting point at the refurbished duck pond in Ballymoney at 10am.
CHAIN REACTION CLUB NIGHT
On Tuesday 1st Sept Chain Reaction Cycles will be holding their Third of Four club Nights for 2015 for affiliated Club members.
Location: Flagship Store Boucher Road Belfast. Time: 5pm-8pm
Offers include: - 15% off all 2015 bikes. 10% off all clearance and sale bikes. Extra 25% off 2015 Ghost and 2015 Lapierre bikes. Extra 20% off nutrition. Extra 15% off clothing and shoes.
As usual pre Orders are to be sent to the shop email account by 5pm on Thursday 27th August. Email Belfast_Store@chainreactioncycles.com