The Caravan is a long held tradition of the Giro d'Italia and precedes the race. It stops along the race route bringing excitement and entertainment along the way.
On Day 1, it will stop at Parliament Buildings and Stormont. On Day 2, it will stop in Glengormley, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Larne, Carrickfergus. On Day 3, it will stop at Richill, Newtownhamilton, Dundalk, Drogheda, Balbriggan, Malahide and Clontarf.
The fan parks will be located at the start locations. There will be live radio/TV broadcasts and lots of entertainment. In Belfast, it will be located at Hamilton Dock from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th May. On Thursday, it’s open from 1pm to 5:30pm, on Friday from 10am to 8pm and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. On Sunday 11th May, it will be located at The Mall East in Armagh from 9am to 11am. On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May, Merrion Square will host the Fan Park.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet the riders in the Team Paddock. On Friday 9th May, the Team Paddock will be located at the Slipways behind Titanic Belfast from 9am to 8pm and on Saturday 10th, from 8:30am to 9:30am. On Sunday 11th May, the Mall in Armagh will host the Team Paddock in the morning.
Translink are organising additional train and bus services during Giro. There will be enhanced Park and Ride facilities and extra shuttle services. Click here for more details.
When the race reaches Dublin, public transport is the recommended option. The public can avail of Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Irish Rail services to access the race route.
Due to closures in the Merrion Square area from Saturday 10th May to Sunday 11th May, Dublin Bus will be operating diversions to their services. For full details click here.
On Sunday 11th May, further diversions will be in operation for Dublin Bus services as the race makes its way towards the finish line in the city centre. Full details can be found here.
DART and Commuter services can bring the public to viewing points to see the competitors in action. Dundalk, Balbriggan, Skerries, Malahide, Portmarnock, Sutton, Bayside, Howth Junction and Clontarf Road Train Stations are all within walking distance of the route.
The Westland Row exit of Pearse station will be closed from 1pm to 6pm but customers can exit via Pearse Street.
Extra Commuter services will be provided on Sunday 11th May:
2pm Drogheda to Pearse
2:20pm Maynooth to Pearse
5:25pm Pearse to Maynooth
5:30pm Pearse to Drogheda
Extra capacity will also be provided on DART services.
Best Places to view Stage 3 Armagh to Dublin:
Castlebellingham (refreshment stop)
Malahide (Big screen and family fun)
Clontarf (family fun)
Dublin’s Merrion Square (Finish Line, Irish Cycling Show, Family Fun)