Wallace Caldwell memorial road race this Saturday

12 April 2014
Following on from the success of the recent Red Hand Trophy road race Ballymena Road Club are looking forward to the club’s next big promotion – the Wallace Caldwell memorial road race - which is scheduled to take place at Galgorm this Saturday 12th April.
The local Ballymena Road Club have ten entrants in the event, they are –
Chris Beattie, Matthew Brennan, Michael Carroll, Conor Crilly, George Graham, Clifford Grant, William Loughridge, Ryan Shaw, Simon Taggart and Karl Taylor.
Amongst the favourites is Red Hand Trophy winner Fraser Duncan (Northern) along with last year’s winner Thomas Martin (Caldwell cycles) Gary Cranston (East Antrim) and Ronan McLaughlin (Dig Deep)

The race starts from Galgorm at 11am and follows a route to Ahoghill, Portglenone, Maghera, Garvagh, Ringsend and then the tough climb to the Cam forest. Then it’s a fast downhill sweep to the outskirts of Limavady before turning right and the even tougher climb up to the Springwell forest. Then it’s on towards Coleraine before turning right on to the Garvagh road and left through Aghadowey to the Brown Trout.
The final miles take in Kilrea, the outskirts of Rasharkin and on to the Lisnahunshin road and on through Killyless before descending Ballyconnelly road to the Galgorm finish at Wrightbus, a total distance of 74 miles. The event starts at 11am and usually finishes around 2pm. This is the same finish as was used for the first time last season when Thomas Martin (Eurocycles) was first over the line in 2 hours 54 minutes 15 seconds for the 74 miles event.

Race organiser David Dougan says "The Wallace Caldwell Memorial has attracted a full field of 80 riders from all over the country.  The recent winner of the Blair International Transport - Red Hand Trophy, Fraser Duncan, will start as a heavily marked man but others on form are Sean McIntyre - Orchard CC, Daniel Stewart - East Antrim and Ronan McLaughlin - Dig Deep Coaching.  Ballymena have ten riders in the field with the Simon Taggart a man with good legs at present having recently taken a very good second place at the Carn Classic in Maghera.  I would ask for anyone who can help marshall on the day to contact me and I'd like to thank J&R Keys tile shop of Castle Street and Woodside’s Chemist Church Street for their continued sponsorship.”