AN official from Ballymoney Cycling Club says it is a huge boost that one of the sport’s greatest races will pass through north Antrim.
Maurice McAllister is overjoyed that the prestigious Giro d’Italia cycle race will, next year, come to several local towns, including Ballymoney.
Maurice said: “With Giro coming to Northern Ireland and passing through Ballymoney, it is an opportunity for not only the adults but for young people to experience a spectacle the like they will have ever seen before.
“I would encourage everyone who has a chance to see upwards of 200 of the world’s best competition cyclists
to get to a point where they can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity.
“For our Racing team riders, especially the youth section, it will motivate and catapult them further into what is not only a very healthy sport but now a very clean sport.
“We as a club have already submitted an application to Cycling Ireland to stage what we call reliability trials, This one will be for racing and leisure cyclists called the ‘Giro Reliability Trial’ with distances of 50
and 80 miles on roads that the Giro d’Italia will be on. This event in Ballymoney is an other opportunity for locals to see another event on their doorstep and I encourage them to take part.”
A 218km cycle leg of the race will go from Belfast to Antrim, then Ballymena and up to Ballymoney, to Bushmills and then on to the Giant’s Causeway taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne and back to Belfast.