The Giro d’Italia put Northern Ireland firmly on the cycling map. Now, the Giro d’Italia Gran Fondo will make sure it stays there. On 3 & 4 June 2017, this renowned amateur sportive returns for another 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 will take riders through the Mourne Mountains or along the shores of Strangford Lough. The full Giro experience is on offer: closed roads, full support teams and the opportunity to ride for charity. And this year, it's going to be bigger and better than ever.
Getting here is the easy part, whether you’re bringing your bike, your car, or just yourself. Discovering if you can meet the Gran Fondo challenge? That’s up to you.
From dramatic coasts to patchwork fields on the many road routes or the lakes, rivers, forest and woodland that are part of the off road and mountain bike routes, there is something for every cyclist.
It’s not just the cycling that will set your blood pumping here. There are buzzing festivals, lively villages and warm welcomes from the locals along the way, too.
And when the cycling is done, you’ll find yourself back in Belfast, ready to enjoy one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
A stunning and challenging route on fully closed and expertly marshaled roads. Hats off to the organisers and to the folk along the route in particular!
What is it about Northern Ireland that attracted the attention of one of the cycling world’s greatest road races in the Giro d'Italia? If we’re honest, it wasn’t just one thing, it was many. Take the Mourne Mountains – steeped in myth, they harken back to a fairytale Ireland but their popularity with outdoors enthusiasts keeps them very much in the present.
In fact, Northern Ireland’s exceptional landscapes are so cinematic that HBO was drawn to make it one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones. And then there’s Belfast; an exciting city that’s known for its thriving foodie scene as much as its Titanic history. That’s Northern Ireland in a nutshell – a land of legends.