Giro D’Italia is one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events. It’s a long distance, multi-stage bicycle road race held primarily in Italy and this year its opening stages will be held in Ireland.
The Grand Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro will take place over three days from 9th until 11th May. It involves routes in Belfast, around the Causeway Coast and Armagh before moving onto Dublin.
Day 1 Friday 9th May: Team Time Trial, Titanic Quarter, Belfast - City Hall, Belfast (21.7 kilometres)
Day 2 Saturday 10th May: Titanic Quarter, Belfast - City Hall, Belfast (taking in the Causeway Coastal Route) (218 kilometres)
Day 3 Sunday 11th May: Armagh - Dublin (75.4 kilometres)
The Giro D’Italia brings with it a carnival atmosphere and the perfect opportunity to see the cycling elites in action. It’s traditionally a great family event where over 200 elite riders from over 30 different countries will be battling it out for the coveted pink jersey.
There will be festivities and Giro-themed events all along the race route especially in the start venues Belfast and Armagh. The Giro d’Italia is a free event which is fully accessible and open to the public.
Along with the Giro d’Italia and comes the Caravan and the Fan Parks. The Caravan is a long held tradition and precedes the race. It stops along the route bringing excitement and entertainment along the way. The fan parks will be located at the start locations.
Full road closures will be in operation while the race takes place. We here at AA Roadwatch have you covered and full details on race routes, closures and viewing stands are only a click away!
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