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Gran Fondo Northern Ireland: Best places to watch the race

The legacy project from the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start is nearly here - we'll keep you up to date with everything you need to know

By Jenny Kirkham

Published 19/06/2015

The Giro d'Italia legacy project, The Gran Fondo takes place on Sunday 21 June.
The Giro d'Italia legacy project, The Gran Fondo takes place on Sunday 21 June.

The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia will see thousands of cyclists tackling Northern Ireland's most historic and iconic climbs on Sunday 21 June.

The rural route of both rides make spectating away from Titainic Belfast restrictive but we have worked out the best place to watch the riders sweat it out on the hills.

All the riders will leave Titanic Belfast at 7:30am and will travel together until reaching the A55 Outer Ring. To see all the cyclists racing together the best vantage points would be;

  • Albertbridge Road
  • Mountpottinger Street
  • Castlereagh Street
  • Beersbridge Road
  • Ladas Drive

The Mourne Route

Slieve Croob & Spelga Dam are the best vantage points for the Mourne route and they not only give spectators a birds eye view of the riders as they pass but will treat them to unique images of the countryside you could only get in Northern Ireland. Slieve Croob is the tallest of a group of peaks in the middle of County Down, north of the Mourne Mountains, between the village of Dromara and the town of Castlewellan making them the perfect vantage point for Mourne route viewers.

The first of the riders are expected to pass through here at 9:45am right through until 1pm.


The Strangford Route

Sketrick Island is the perfect place to view the Strangford route riders while Sketrick castle is the perfect place to stand with small children as they can take in the ruins while they wait.

From this point spectators and supporters can expect the riders any time from 8:30am to 11am.


Organiser Stephen Gallagher would like to remind supporters that you can watch the race from any point of the route but road closures will be in place throughout the day which may make travelling too and from the event more difficult.


Read more:

Gran Fondo Northern Ireland: Routes and road closures

Gran Fondo Northern Ireland: Weekend schedule  

Team Sky star Richie Porte to ride in our Gran Fondo  

Gran Fondo could open door to Ulster Tour de France  

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