23 April 2012
Wednesday 25th April.
Ballymena Road Club will hold an 18 miles Australian Pursuit Race, in the Northstone club race series, at Slaght Corner. The event will start at 7pm sharp and cover two laps of the Caddy circuit. The chief marshall is Alan Blair who is assisted by Declan Butler, Sammy Kerr, Ryan Currie, Geoff Allen and Bobby Stewart.The following week, 2nd May, the club will hold a 25 miles time trial at Woodgreen. Event marshalls are Maria Shannon and Brian Currie.Saturday 28th April John Beggs memorial road races at Dromore 12 noonSunday 29th April. Mid Ulster Grand Prix.TOURINGBallymena Road Club’s touring section are currently enjoying their week in Majorca, they flew out on Sunday. Last year their stay was extended because of the volcanic ash cloud.May Day. The club will have a ride from Rex Bonar house on the May Day bank holiday 7th May starting at 9.30am.
 Then on Sunday 13th May Pius McKernan organises the first of the club’s "Away for the day” tours from his sister’s home in Mountfield.Road Racers Training EventOn
Thursday 26th April Cycling Ulster will hold a mock race / training event at the Nutts Corner circuit (also known as the Phoenix Grand Prix circuit) starting at 7pm. The event will last for about 1 hour and riders are asked to assemble at the lay-by where the Phoenix GP finishes. The aim is to allow some of the provinces most experienced coaches and riders to give some instruction in racing safely and race tactics to riders who have taken up the sport in the last few years and to provide an introduction to road racing to those who haven't raced before.The pace will be brisk but anyone (male or female) who is capable of a 17 - 18 mph club run should be able to cope. The event maybe split into several groups of different speeds depending on the numbers attending. If you would like to attend either as a mentor or as a rider hoping to gain some race experience please contact Colin Hughes on colin.hughes1000@gmail.comColin, a former member of Ballymena Road Club, is Cycling Ulster's new Youth Commission Officer and he initiated such training races within his own Phoenix club in 2011. This event is open to men and women and it is hoped a similar event will be organised for youth riders in the near future