Belfast Telegraph

Armstrong team-mate in NI bike race

A top cyclist in Lance Armstrong's racing team will be on the starting line for a new bike challenge on Northern Ireland's north coast.

Philip Deignan is urging other bikers, whatever their ability, to join him on the inaugural Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive.

A sportive is like a marathon on wheels: a long-distance mass participation event on the roads.

Winding along the coast roads and glens of Antrim next month, it will offer cyclists three different length routes.

The entry level 57km 'Causeway Coaster' is designed for those who occasionally get out on their bike but would like to set themselves a challenge.

The medium distance 126km 'Glens and Coast' route is harder with some tough hill climbs.

Then there is the 182km 'Giant Killer' - a long-distance route containing some of Northern Ireland's most infamous hill climbs and only really suited to serious cyclists.

Letterkenny rider Deignan, who is a member of Armstrong's Radioshack race team, said he was looking forward to taking part on Saturday September 17.

"I am really looking forward to coming back to Ireland to be part of this unique sportive," said the 27-year-old.

"It looks like it is going to be a great event with fantastic scenic cycling along the coast and through the glens with some challenging hill climbs to look forward to."

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