The Giro d’Italia put Northern Ireland firmly on the cycling map. The Giro d’Italia Gran Fondo made sure it stayed there. In June 2017, this renowned amateur sportive returned for a final incredible ride, coinciding with the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia in Italy.
Starting and finishing at the iconic Stormont Estate, the Gran Fondo’s two routes took riders through the Mourne Mountains or along the shores of Strangford Lough. The full Giro experience was on offer: closed roads, full support teams and the opportunity to ride for charity.
Getting here was the easy part, whether you were bringing your bike, your car, or just yourself. Discovering if you could meet the Gran Fondo challenge? That was all up to you.
It wasn't just the cycling that set blood pumping here. There were buzzing festivals, lively villages and warm welcomes from the locals along the way, too.
And when the cycling was done, everyone found themselves back in Belfast, ready to enjoy one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.