George wins Bonar Cup

21 May 2013
Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – riders took part in their annual Rex Bonar cup road race on the Lisnamurrican circuit at Broughshane on Wednesday night.
 
The Northstone sponsored event attracted thirty six entrants with another six in the youth race for the Clarke’s tyres cup.
 
Visiting rider Stuart Carley (Muckamore Centurions) and teenager George Graham broke clear of the front group the first time up the hill on the Caherty Road and they proceeded to ride a "two-up” race throughout the five lap 25 miles race.
 
The scratch riders made up their 6 minutes 30 seconds handicap and caught all ahead of them by the finish - with the exception of the front pair, and so the honours were shared with Carley winning the sprint and second placed Graham collecting the silverware as first Ballymena club rider. The winner’s time was 68 minutes 15 seconds.
 
Another visitor Aaron Swan (TSC) finished third with veteran Tommy Wilson fourth.
 
Claire Gillespie was first of the ladies with Eileen Burns second and Emma Smyth third.
 
The youth race was won by Breandan McCavana in 16 minutes 55 seconds.
 
 
Results
(1) Stuart Carley (2) George Graham both 68 minutes 15 seconds (3) Aaron Swan (4) Tommy Wilson (5) Karl Taylor (6) Clifford Grant (7) Michael Carroll (8) Ryan Bankhead (9) Martin Robb (Bann Valley) (10) Richard Reid (11) Ryan Currie (12) Andrew Hedley (East Antrim) (13) Nigel Kernohan (14) Colin Scullion (15) Matthew Brennan (16) Gary Reid (17) Jason Burns (18) Claire Gillespie (19) Martin Ruddy (20) Alan Blair (21) Adrian Kerr (22) Bobby Currie (23) Hall Booth (24) Ryan Connor (25) Eileen Burns (26) David Kennedy (27) Emma Smyth (28) Neil Millar (29) Stephen Smyth (30) Sean Kelly (Bann Valley)
 
 
Youths
 (1) Breandan McCavana (2) Hayden Ritchie (3) Stefan Wills (4) Shea McTaggart (Bann Valley) (5) Shaun Byrne (Bann Valley) (6) Fergus Byrne (Bann Valley)
 
Monday’s youth race was a 2.5 miles time trial from Michelin to the Ecos roundabout and back. Breandan McCavana was fastest with 6 minutes 55 seconds with Hayden Ritchie second on 8 minutes 14 seconds.
 
George Graham was on his travels again on Sunday when he finished second in the u16 race at the Emyvale GP.