Four Winners in Three Days!

13 August 2012

Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles - riders and officials and officials were kept extremely busy last week with their three day race programme.

It all kicked off on Monday night at Randalstown with the Mark McCullough cup 20 miles short circuit event which took place on the Ahoghill road, Branch road, Portglenone road, two miles per lap circuit.

The four minutes handicap unwound after half distance and a thirteen rider group then formed at the front for the final four laps.

Nigel Kernohan, who won the A Bonar cup road race at Broughshane in July, put in a late attack up the Ahoghill road on the last lap, and he managed to maintain his advantage to the finish to win by half a dozen lengths in 54 minutes 48 seconds. His training partner Ryan Currie was second and Michelin’s Uel Cunningham third.

The second event was Tuesday night’s Sherdan Caldwell memorial Crebilly Hill Climb. This time it was the turn of one of the club’s lightweight racers, Simon Taggart, to take the honours. Simon also won the Crebilly hill climb in 2011 when he recorded a time of 1 minute 21.15 seconds. This year he showed great consistency and posted a winning time of 1 minute 21.07 seconds, clockwork or what? Matthew Brennan was second with 1-24.71 and Craig Crawford (TSC) third 1-25.27.

Event three, on Wednesday night, was the Sammy Gaston cup 25 miles handicapped road race at Glarryford. This time the scratch riders failed to overcome their starting handicap and this left a nine rider group clear at the front to contest the final sprint.

Clifford Grant proved best in the gallop for the line and held off Quinton McFall with Craig Crawford third.

The five youth race at Glarryford was won by Andrew Wallace in 15 minutes 33 seconds. Breandan McCavana was second at 2 seconds and Emma Gordon third.

RESULTS SUMMARY

Mark McCullough cup 20 miles road race Randalstown

(1) Nigel Kernohan 54 minutes 48 seconds (2) Ryan Currie at 4 seconds (3) Uel Cunningham (Michelin) (4) Tommy Wilson (5) Clifford Grant (6) Chris Beattie (7) Connor Young (8) Quinton McFall (9) Ryan Shaw all at 4 seconds (10) Alan Blair at 8 seconds (11) Simon Taggart (12) Matthew Brennan both at 10 seconds (13) P McGuigan (Dunloy) at 12 seconds (14) Martin Ruddy (15) Adrian Kerr both at 50 seconds (16) Brian Geddis at 1 minute 16 seconds (17) Richard Reid (18) Sam Campbell (Bann Valley) (19) Peter Smyth all at 1 minute 44 seconds (20) Craig Crawford (TSC) at 1.58 (21) Stephen Smyth at 2.14 (22) Emma Smyth at 5.28 (23) Maeve Savage at 5.30

Sherdan Caldwell memorial Crebilly Hill Climb

(1) Simon Taggart 1 minute 21.07 seconds (2) Matthew Brennan 1-24.71 (3) Craig Crawford 1-25.27 (4) Chris Beattie 1-25.83 (5) C Young 1-28.32 (6) T Wilson 1-33.00 (7) N Kernohan 1-34.50 (8) R Shaw 1-37.07 (9) A Kerr 1-38.31 (10) R Reid 1-38.60 (11) Q McFall 1-39.44 (12) C Grant 1-46.50 (13) R Currie 1-50.00 (14) S Smyth 1-52.00 (15) P Smyth 1-54.52 (16) A Blair 1-55-22 (17) Andrew Wallace (First youth rider) 2-03.05 (18) Bobby Currie 2-04.38 (19) Robert Wallace 2-19.25

Sammy Gaston cup 25 miles road race Glarryford

(1) C. Grant 1 hour 6 minutes 16 seconds (2) Quinton McFall (3) Craig Crawford (TSC) (4) Alan Blair (5) Peter Smyth (6) Ryan Bankhead (7) Ryan Shaw (8) Richard Reid (9) Martin Ruddy all same time (10) Tommy Wilson at 2 minutes 14 seconds (11) Ryan Currie (12) Connor Young (13) Chris Beattie (14) Matthew Brennan (15) Simon Taggart (16) Nigel Kernohan (17) Adrian Kerr (18) Stephen Smyth (19) Emma Smyth (20) Gerry McCullagh (Bann Valley)

Youths’ 5 miles Road Race Result.

(1) Andrew Wallace 15 minutes 33 seconds (2) Breandan McCavana at 2 seconds (3) Emma Gordon at 5 minutes 01 seconds.

Three day overall result.

(1) Tommy Wilson 48 points     (2) C. Grant 47 (3) Chris Beattie 45 (4) Q McFall 44 (5) C Young 44 (6) N Kernohan 43 (7) R Shaw 43 (8) R Currie 41 (9) S Taggart 40 (10) M Brennan 39 (11) A Blair 36 (12) R Reid 35 (13) P Smyth 31 (14) A Kerr 29 (15) S Smyth 20