Belfast Telegraph

Armoy’s stuff of legend

By Paul Lindsay

The race critics feared would never make the front row of a crowded events grid now stands as a proud and prime example of giving the fans what they want and they will come.

In just six years the Armoy Road Races have become a mainstay in the biking calendar with thousands flocking to see big name stars take on the country’s leading national road racers.

The Armoy Legends headline race, of course, commemorates the feats of the famed Armoy Armada of the 70's comprising the late Mervyn Robinson, Joey Dunlop and Frank Kennedy and surviving Jim Dunlop. And the organisers have ensured they will be suitably remembered again this summer with local firm RiverRidge Recycling back on board to underwrite the race as title sponsor for July 20-26 Bike Week.

The North West’s leading waste management will sponsor the event for the third time and Bill Kennedy, Clerk of the Course, said, “We are delighted to have RiverRidge back as main sponsor. Feedback from both riders and spectators last year has been fantastic and we are well on our way to organising another great event.

“Through hard work and determination, we’ve brought Armoy to a global standard and we couldn’t have done it without the support of companies like RiverRidge that have not only supported us but the local community as a whole.

“Competitors, traders and spectators are all gearing up for this year, and we’ve already got some treats in store. The calibre of the competitors already signed up is phenomenal and is a testament to the whole team – sponsors and club members.”

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