Giro d'Italia winner Stephen Roche leads a peloton of lucky winners
Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30
Ten cycling fans from across Ireland have taken part in a dream ride along part of the Giro d'Italia course with former winner Stephen Roche.
The cycling legend, ambassador for the race and the NI Tourist Board, led the group of competition winners along part of the second stage.
Almost 200 of the world's elite cyclists will follow the same route when Northern Ireland hosts the first three stages of the world's second largest cycle race from May 9-11.
Roche is Ireland's only winner of the Tour de France, and took the Giro, Tour and world titles all in 1987, rewriting the record books.
The group visited the Giant's Causeway where they departed for the 65km cycle along the route which has been described as "one of the world's great road journeys" passing the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Vanishing Lake, through Cushendall and finishing in Carnlough.
One of the competition winners, Richard Lloyd from Phoenix Cycling Club in Belfast, said: "The whole experience was fantastic, from the Q&A session with Stephen to riding with the others along the beautiful Causeway coastal route and making some memories that will be talked about for a lifetime."