ireland

RACING
IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Northern Ireland

03/06/2017

Gran Fondo Giro D’Italia Northern Ireland – Strangford Route 58km

025The 58km route will prove challenging and enjoyable for all levels of cycling enthusiasts. If you are new to cycling events or want to set yourself a personal challenge to help boost your fitness and experience that “Giro feeling,” then this route is for you. Leaving the Titanic Belfast start, you will ride 58km of rolling roads with two categorised climbs. The first challenge of the day will take place within the first 6km when you will tackle Monte Braniel. A gradual climb that will give you beautiful views of the city and across Belfast Lough once you reach the top. Completing the first real challenge of the day will set you up for a beautiful ride on the rolling roads around some of Co. Down’s villages with the beauty of Strangford Loughto keep you company for much of this route. The lough is almost totally enclosed by the Ards Peninsula. The main body of the lough has at least seventy islands along with many islets, bays, coves, headlands and mudflats that you will pass during your ride. It is a conservation area and its abundant wildlife is recognized internationally. Once leaving the Peninsula you will pass through the historic town of Comber before starting the climb of Monte Moneyreagh which will be your last climb of the day. This section will guide you through the rolling hills of North Down with the twisting and smooth road helping you enjoy your last challenge of the day. Once you have crested the final climb you will begin your homeward journey which will have you descending into Belfast city with the view of the famous Harland and Wolffcranes in the distance along with the twinkle of the iconic Titanic Museum which signals the finish of your challenge. The descent into the city will be the perfect way to finish your ride with satisfaction and pride in your performance. Time for some post ride pasta! GF-NI-Maps-58K-2-620x863