Cycling champion launches Giant Sportive

BRITISH cycling champion Michael Hutchinson has helped launch the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive.

This popular cycling event, which is set to carry on from its huge success in the last two years, is expected to attract up to 1,400 cyclists to the North Coast and Glens of Antrim on Saturday 7th September.

Michael, a prolific multi-national time trialling champion, was in awe as he cycled part of the route stating: “With these views, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on your bike”.

Michael only took up cycling when he was a student and never intended on becoming a full time bike rider. He said: “I just wanted to do something to stop me getting fat and I didn’t want it to take all day”.

But as it turned out he was pretty good on the bike and has since won British titles at every distance from 10 miles to 100 miles and is a two-time winner of the 12-hour championships.

The event, which starts and finishes against the beautiful backdrop of the seafront in Ballycastle, offers participants a choice of 3 routes (35miles, 80miles, 115miles) each taking in the spectacular Giant’s Causeway Coast and the stunning Glens of Antrim.

Online entry is now open and more information including detailed route descriptions, maps, online booking and indeed advice from cycle training experts is available on the event website www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com

This year, event organisers have also teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care and Action Medical Research to encourage participants to fundraise for these extremely worthwhile causes.