After the huge success of the Giro d’Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland in 2014, the cycling legacy lives on with the Gran Fondo on June 21st.
The Mourne Route, a 177km ride will challenge the fittest riders by providing tough climbs and take them through some breath-taking scenery including the Spelga Dam and Slieve Croob with views over Lough Neagh.
The Strangford Route, a 58km loop achievable for beginner and novice cyclists covering a route around North Down with the beauty of Strangford Lough to keep them company for much of this route. Both routes start and finish in Belfast, at the iconic Titanic Belfast building.
We hear there have been 2000 entrants for the Mournes Route and 1000 for the Strangford Route, now that’s impressive! (Source @GfGiroNI)
Top cyclist Richie Porte of Team Sky, winner of this year’s Paris-Nice, Tour of Catalunya and Giro del Trentino stages races, will participate, while famous Irish cyclist legend Stephen Roche will be present over the weekend to welcome riders, tell stories and to cycle the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia.
Don’t forget to pop into the Belfast Times stall in St George’s Market and get your 2015 limited edition Fondo coaster. Or shop online at www.belfasttimes.etsy.com
Full details can be found at: www.granfondogiroditaliaNI.com
For more information on cycling in Northern Ireland and the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia, click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/cycling.