IRELAND Cycling legend Sean Kelly will be a guest rider at the inaugural ‘On The Rivet’ cycle which is being held in celebration of the life of well-known Omagh cyclist John Mulligan who was tragically killed in a road accident.
John, a multiple Classic winner, died after being knocked down by a vehicle while out training on the Dromore Road on March 28, 2012.
He had won a number of Classics, including the Wallace Caldwell, Red Hand Trophy and Maguire Cup during a blossoming career and his family and close friends have organised ‘On The Rivet’ to honour his memory.
Kelly himself had monitored John’s progress with interest and the Mulligan family are delighted the Eurosport commentator has agreed to support the event which takes place on Sunday, March 30.
“John was well known amongst the local cycling community and we are delighted Sean is coming along,” said sister and chief organiser Julie Mulligan.
“It’s a tremendous coup and he’ll be there on the day to mingle among all the riders.
“The intention is to keep everyone together so that as many people as possible get the opportunity to talk to him.
“Sean has also agreed to put his name on the jacket, which is something he rarely does except for his own team.
“Hopefully the cycling community will come out in force to honour John and support what is a very worthwhile charity.”
All proceeds will go towards Beacon House, Omagh with registration taking place at the Village Inn on the 23rd, 24th and 30th January or anytime at Caldwell Cycles, the main sponsors in conjunction with Dunnamona Engineering.
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