When the Giro d’Italia bike race comes through Ballymoney, one of the town’s leading sports clubs will be offering visitors an opportunity to secure valuable parking space with a superb vantage point.
Ballymoney Rugby Club’s premises on the Kilraughts Road will be open to cars, campervans and caravans from Friday May 9 and the race will pass by only a matter of yards away with the added excitement of the riders expected to provide a wonder spectacle as they negotiate the roundabout.
Mayor of Ballymoney, Cllr John Finlay, says parking space will be at a premium and has praised the Rugby Club for their initiative adding that he is expecting a huge uptake on the offer. The Mayor’s views have been endorsed by the chair of the Douglas Twinning Association on the Isle of Man, Stephen Pitts who is also a Councillor on the Island.
Mr Pitts along with Cllr. Finlay, the chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Bill Kennedy, Corporate Services Officer, Liz Johnston and the secretary of the Rugby Club, John Hunter, viewed the facilities last Thursday.
Mr Pitts said it was a golden opportunity for visitors to get the best possible view in a race that is expected to attract tens of thousands to the North Coast when it passes through on Saturday, May 10.
Alderman Kennedy said yet again it was another example of clubs, organisations and individuals getting into the spirit of the Giro and said the club’s offer would give people a great opportunity to get one of the best viewing points.
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The Rugby Club will accept campervans and caravans from 3pm on the Friday. Cost for an overnight pitch is £10 per van.
Mr Hunter says the big advantage is that the club is right on the cycle race route, and those staying overnight have a two minute walk to be on the race route.
“At present, we are only proposing overnight pitches on the Friday as we feel that race followers will move on shortly after the race passes however, if requested we can accommodate vans overnight on the Saturday also, Mr Hunter said. Payment will be accepted on arrival.
Bookings for overnight pitches can be made directly Mr Hunter through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day of the race the Club are operating a car park system. Cost is £3 per car for all day parking.
The Club address and location can be found on its website: www.ballymoneyrfc.com