Western Lakes CC is promoting the John Holian cycle race/lesiure cycle which takes place today Friday June 11. John Holian was a founder member of the Western Lakes CC, which was formed back in 1999, he was a great stalwart to cycling in Connacht acting as manager, mechanic, and driver to many Connacht teams over the years. The event will be a little different as leisure cyclists will get the opportunity to cycle the route ahead of the race, participants can do as many laps as they like.
The event is open to all racers and is also part of the Western Lakes/Westport club league, this event is also open to all other racers around the country. The race will have a handicap which will help to cater for novice racers, there will be prizes for the first six across the line, and sprint primes on each lap passing the road to the Derries where John lived. Holian Transport, Cross, has sponsored a perpetual cup in honour of John's cycling talents. The event is sponsored by O’Malley's Bar, Cross, the sign-on and post race refreshments will also take place there. Sign-on is open from 6.30pm, leisure cyclists start at 7.15, and the race proper starts at 7.30pm. The route takes in a seven mile lap of Cross, The Neale, and Cong, it has to be completed five times for a total distance of 35 miles finishing outside O’Malley's bar at approximately 9pm.