The result of the John Holian Cup.
Aaron Doherty Westport Covey wheelers had to dig deep to win this one, starting 4minutes a drift of the A4 riders the young and talented Doherty had only 55kms to claw back the H/cap, for 45k he dragged the rest of the A3 riders with him but with 10k to go he set sail on his own to reel in the A4 group who made good of their advantage, behind the A1.A2 riders were steadily eating into the lead but ran out of road and missed out on the placings.
The young Covey caught the A4 group by surprise and stuck at the back of the them for 1k before launching his sprint with 400m to go.
1st Aaron Doherty Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club
2nd Ronan Mc Namara Galway Bay Cycling Club
3rd Declan Gallagher Westport covey wheelers
4th Sean Holian Errigal cc
5th Damien Holian Errigal cc
6th Jerry Towey Western lakes cc
Prime on lap 3 Declan Gallagher Westport covey.
Sponsored by Ryan’s hotel
Thanks to sponsors Lydons of O Malley bar Cross Holian Travel Chauffeur hire.
On a wet windy evening in the village of Cross, 61 hardy cyclist turned up to race in honor of the great John Holian who was from the area. A 3 minute Handicap separated the A4’s from the A1’s with the strong A3 group in the middle. A strong 9 person group broke away from the A3 group including 2 international junior triathletes. This group worked well together and never looked like been caught. In the sprint for the line it was young Talent of Con Doherty Westport Covey who showed the after burners to the rest of the break winning the sprint comfortably.
Results from John Holian memorial race, 5 laps of 12k.
1st Con Doherty Westport covey
2nd Paul Dunne ballina
3rd Kieran Heneghan SEENG
4th Cathal Usher western lakes cc
5th Valerio Di Bacca Galway bay
6th Frankie Barrett Galway bay
7th Aichlinn O Reilly Westport covey
8th Aidan Reade Blackrose
9th James Mc Greevy Westport covey
10th Sean O Malley Western Lakes cc
1st unplaced junior Caimin Muldoon NRPT
1st lady Noreen O Toole Westport covey
1st A 4 Noel Gibbons Western Lakes cc
The John Holian memorial will be held on the evening of Friday the 6th of June in the Village of Cross County Mayo. The race covers 5 seven mile laps.The event is open to all racers as its a Handicap event.
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.
Holian transport Cross have kindly sponsored a perputal 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 open from 6.15pm, race start at 7.15pm .
The route takes in the 7mile lap, starting in the village of Cross, turning left in The Neale left again at Ashford castle gates Cong for Cross, for a total distance of 35 miles finishing at the hill of the Derries approx 500m form the village of Cross at approx 8.45pm.