Charity race in aid of local hospices

A charity cycle, which has already raised in excess of £120, 000, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this week.

In excess of 120 cyclists will complete the 30 mile route from the Ture Inn, Moville, to Roddins Pub, Buncrana, in the John Lynch Memorial Cycle.

This Friday night, May 31, the event which started as a dare between two bars to raise money for charity, will again see Inishowen’s roads filled with good samaritans on two wheels.

The charity cycle will benefit both the Donegal and Foyle Hospices. And the North Pole Cycling Club and members of the Lynch family will participate in the race. A number of cyclists will be flying into the North West for the event also, including Ronan McLaughlin and Matthew Doyle.

Ronan is a pro-cyclist with An Post Chain Reaction team and Matthew, who is based in Belguim, will represent Ireland at the World Championships in August.

Having emigrated to France four years ago, Padraic McGeehan who started the cycle, will also be flying home for the event: “I’m home next Tuesday and I really can’t wait; It is a fantastic way to remember John Lynch.”

Event organiser, Moville’s Thomas McColgan, explains: “John took it on board to organise this, he even helped arrange bikes for people as well as the raising of the money. It is great that the event, which is for two great causes, is carried on in his name. John was a great man for the Iskaheen Parish. He did a lot for the hall, the chapel and the community in general. John was a great man, so this is a fitting tribute to him.”

A plaque in his name is awarded to the race winner.

All cyclists and non-cyclists are welcome to participate in the event which starts on Friday at The Squealing Pig at 7.15pm.