These coming months, both Ireland and Great Britain will be the setting and starting point of two of the most exciting European Grand Tours: Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.
For obvious reasons, the start venue of the Giro is a big deal, and serves both to the hosting city and to the Giro itself, to help building its fan base abroad, making it a serious competitor to the Tour, which is the oldest and most prestigious of the three major European stage races. No doubt it’s certainly good for the city, as it gets a lot of exposure and Belfast has a lot to show off.
After taking off from Yorkshire for the 20th Grand Depart abroad, the Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain.
As for the Giro, and as Audrey Hepburn used to say “I believe in pink“, let’s put aside all the romance that goes with it, and just realize that we’re just a few days from the start, and the only relevant pink is that of the iconic pink jersey that is each and every cyclist’s dream.
More and more excitement is growing as May 9th draws near. The cycle fever is already gripping Northern Ireland. Hundreds of businesses have already ‘gone pink‘ to celebrate.
This 97th edition of the Giro will start in Belfast on May 9th, and will then travel across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the following two days, ending the 3 Irish stages in its very capital, Dublin (here are the exact routes). From picturesque and typical Irish towns, to the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, ending into the historical buildings and streets of Dublin, the Giro will surely attract varied age-groups. Numerous Giro-themed events will be held alongside the route of the race; one of these is the Giro Festival Belfast, which includes films, talks and a family fun day at Stormont.
For a full list of what’s happening, head over to Discover Northern Ireland.
The Giro will then fly to its motherland, Italy, to continue on the majority of the stages.