Armoy backers fit the Bill
ARMOY Race of Legends driving force Bill Kennedy has pinpointed local community and business support as the key to the event's success.
Speaking ahead of the July 19-25 Armoy Bike Week, Clerk of the Course Bill said: "There are many ingredients to ensuring a successful road race - the riders, of course; the sponsors and their generous and committed financial support and the many members of the club and volunteers that give freely of their time.
"The local community and businesses are instrumental to our races and we would be lost without them. I can't say more good things about the fantastic support we've had from the local community.
"For instance, there are a number of sponsors that have stuck with us over the years, Trevor Kane of Bayview Hotel is one of them. Trevor has been unswerving in his assistance to the club and the races, nothing is too much and he has kindly hosted our launch over a number of years. Basically we take over the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae, an absolutely beautiful spot, for most of a day and thankfully I don't get too many complaints from him or his regulars.
"Other sponsors that have stood by us over a number of years include Ballycastle Credit Union, Armoy Homes & Property Services, Armoy Construction Co Ltd, the Mermaid Club, the Diamond Bar, James W Hickinson & Co, Harrigan Fuels, Solitude Motors and PMA Contracts, along with our title sponsor SGS International as well as Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the now Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.
"The event also brings a significant tourism and economic boost to the area and I think people have seen that, and that's why they are keen to get involved and support the races."