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The Chain Reaction Cycles Big Italian Bike Ride


To celebrate the arrival of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Chain Reaction Cycles are excited to announce The Big Italian Bike Ride, a sportive taking place on May 4th which will take in parts of the Big Start route, as well as some of the most iconic landscapes in Northern Ireland.

>> Click here for online entry <<
Apologies, but it's now sold out...

Proudly sponsored by CRC, Vitus, High5, Muc-Off and delivered by Castlereagh Cycle Club and Pioneer Sport, we're also proud to have partnered with Action Mental Health and Marie Curie Cancer Care who are the official charities of The Big Italian Bike Ride. The sportive will start at the world-famous Titanic Quarter, with three distances on offer catering for first time sportive riders all the way up to the mile munching experts. To make things a little interesting we’ve also included timed sections on each of the distances, and the fastest rider over each will win a special commemorative jersey.

The three routes are:
Corto

Full route details here.

(87km, 790m of climbing) – Including a section of coast road (below Larne) and coast road run in through Blah Hole and Carrickfergus.

Medio

(135km, 1050m of climbing) – Highlights will include the descent of Munie Road down into Glenarm and the coast road, plus Blah Hole and Carrick.

Gran Fondo

(225km, 1840m of climbing) – Taking in all the highlights of the North Coast including Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, then the climb from Ballycastle (this will be the first Gran Premio della Montagna (GPM) point of the Giro – (Giro King of the Mountains equivalent). Cushendall and then all the length of the coast road through Glenarm, Blah Hole climb at Whitehead (second GPM point), Carrickfergus Castle and back to Belfast.

There’ll be a real party atmosphere during the weekend of the sportive as the whole of Ireland gears up for what’s set to be one of the highlights of the cycling calendar. We’ll be hosting a pasta party the night before The Big Italian Bike Ride along with Q&A sessions with our nutrition and performance partners. We’re also expecting a few cycling celebrities to join us on the sportive…

Supported by Vitus Bikes, Muc-Off, High5 and CRC Boucher Road, we’re going to be bringing you training and nutrition advice leading up to the event, as well as a packed goodie bag on the day. To ensure that everyone gets around the course as comfortably as possible, there’ll be a number of designated pace riders who’ll be there to offer encouragement and support. Free bike checks will be on offer before the ride, and there’ll be mechanical assistance on the sportive route as well as marshals and medical support.

What’s included in the £40 entry fee [including online booking fee]?



• Goodie bag with High5 nutrition, £5 CRC voucher, timing chip
• Finisher’s medal
• Automatic entry to win a Vitus Vitesse road bike
• Free bike check
• Pasta party and Q&A entry
• The opportunity to be one of 1,000 riders in this unique ride celebrating the Giro’s arrival in Ireland
• Professional marshal, mechanical and medical support 

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