Now in its 2nd year, the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive, in association with Chain Reaction Cycles, is again set to make its way to the Moyle District area on Saturday 15th September. With 1000 cyclists taking part from all over NI, ROI and GB, this event is already a key event for driving tourism in the area.
On the day, riders are offered a choice of 3 routes – 35miles/80miles and 115miles. With upwards of 20% hills, 100 miles into the longest route, many participants who took on the gruelling Giant Killer (115 miles) fell at the final hurdle and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity of returning to the ‘scene of the crime’ fitter, stronger and ready to exact their revenge.
Also on offer is the stunning Glens and Coast route (80 miles) which traverses the magical Glens of Antrim before following one of the most popular coastal roads in Europe. In a unique twist to this year’s event, participants will have the option of taking on or indeed bypassing the now infamous Torr Head Road which still haunts participants from last year’s event. The ‘Decision Time’ feed station will be located approximately 65 miles into this route and should provide some entertaining deliberations.
The popular 35 mile Causeway Coaster also returns this year as a perfect entry-level sportive route taking in stunning scenery as well as passing the Bushmills Distillery (Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery), Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site, all helping to keep minds off some tired legs.
If you would like to lend your support and cheer on the cyclists from the side lines, please take note of the starting times below. All routes will start from the sea front in Ballycastle. ·
115 miles – The Giant Killer – from 7.30am to 8.30am
80 miles – The Glens and Coast Route – from 8.30am to 9.15am
35 miles – The Causeway Coaster – 9.15am to 9.45am
Sandra Hunter, Chairperson, Moyle District Council stated: “I look forward to greeting all the competitors on the Saturday morning to the Sportive and I encourage the public to come out and see the competitors in this the second Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive”.
The Acting Tourism Development Manager for Moyle District Council explained: “We are delighted to be able to support an event of this calibre through our newly developed ‘Tourism Events Fund’ with the Sportive receiving a grant of £5,000 this year. The organisers of the event estimated that last year the sportive generated just under £70k in economic benefit to the area and this year it is predicted to bring in £110k in economic benefit through various spend including food, drink, transport and accommodation.”
If you would like more information on the event please visit the event website for more information – www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com