East Antrim residents urged to “get on their bikes” for Gran Fondo

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East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross is encouraging people to “get on their bikes” following the announcement of the Strangford and Mourne routes of the Gran Fondo.

The Gran Fondo is a legacy event secured after last year’s successful Giro d’Italia Big Start in Northern Ireland.

Mr Ross has said that the Gran Fondo offers cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to experience the thrill of participating in a big event on closed roads.

He commented: “The number of cyclists on the roads across NI since last year’s Giro d’Italia has been remarkable, and it is great that we get the opportunity to capitalise on this new enthusiasm by hosting the Gran Fondo, a legacy event organised by the Giro owners, RCS and Shadetree Sports.

“The Giro event brought professional cyclists through Larne, Carrick and Newtownabbey, but now amateur cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can take part in the Gran Fondo on either the Strangford or Mourne routes. Both routes start at Titanic and allow people to experience the thrill of riding on closed roads.

“The interest in the Gran Fondo is huge so I would encourage people to look for details online, or through the Tourism Northern Ireland website, and register to participate in this exciting Giro event.”