Count down is on for first action of the year for Ballymena Road Club cyclists

04 January 2015
Ballymena Road Club – Chain Reaction Cycles – will hold their first "open” promotion of the season on Sunday 25th January when their annual reliability trials take place from Rex Bonar House, Railway Street.
Everyone has been looking forward to this event, which signifies that the countdown to the racing season has official began.
It is expected that cyclists from all over Northern Ireland will assemble at Rex Bonar House for the 10am start. The Road Club hope for a big turnout this year as, at the time of writing, this is the first reliability trial of the season on the Cycling Ulster 2015 calendar of leisure events.
Everyone who takes part will be hoping for similar weather conditions to those enjoyed last year when, fortunately, it was perfect for the time of year – calm, dry and, while very cold, frost free.
However please come prepared for whatever the NI winter weather can produce, as often, in the past, this trial has taken place in extremely harsh riding conditions which more resembled a polar expedition than a cycle ride.
Last year the "A” group completed a 72 miles ride, at 21.4 mph, which took in Antrim, Greystone, Templepatrick, The Longshot to Ballyrobert, then Mossley, Greenisland, Woodburn, Kilroot, Whitehead, Glynn, Larne and the pit stop at Ballygally.
Then it was on around the coast road and home via Glenarm, Carnlough and Glencloy before the run in through the Braid to Broughshane and back to base, where hot showers and post event refreshments were a welcome sight.
The touring section’s 53 miles route  took them out the Larne Road towards Glenwherry and then right on to Ballynashee road and on to Ballyeaston and the Lower Ballyboley road to Kilwaughter and on to the pit stop at Ballygally and then back the same route as the "A” run. Their average speed was 16.5mph.
I understand that the routes for this year’s event will be similar to 2014.
Many thanks to all those who have already offered to assist on the day, especially the backup vehicle drivers and the ladies who do the registration at the start of the day and also the tea and clearing up at the finish. 
However more help is always needed, so please volunteer if you are able to assist. Back up mechanical support around the route is always appreciated as there can never be enough of this type of help.
Registration for Sunday’s event will commence at 9am. Riders are requested to wear their crash helmets in both events.

Cycling Ulster also require that riders, who are intending to take part, have already applied for their 2015 Cycling Ireland membership. Those who haven’t received their membership card are requested to present a letter from their club secretary stating that they have applied for their licence.
This year Cycling Ireland have continued with their new on-line registration system which, amongst other things, enables the Ballymena Road Club part, of the overall signing on fee, to also be paid at the same time as the Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster fees.