On Yer Bike – The Giro d’Italia

by Communication Team
by Communication Team on May 7, 2014 in Sports & Recreation

The Big Start (Grande Partenza) of the world famous Giro d’Italia cycle race will take place on the island of Ireland over three days from 9th – 11th May 2014.


The Big Start (Grande Partenza) of the world famous Giro d’Italia cycle race will take place on the island of Ireland over three days from 9th – 11th May 2014. Stages 1 & 2 of one of the world’s greatest cycle races will take place in Northern Ireland and Stage 3 will depart from Armagh to Dublin via Fingal on Sunday 11th May. See route map. The event is being organized by RCS Sport; part of RCS Media Group, with local partners Shadetree Sports acting as exclusive agent of RCS.

22 cycle teams comprising of almost 200 professional riders from over 30 countries together with their technical teams and sponsors will travel to Ireland for the event. Amongst the elite competitors taking part are Irishmen Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin and Philip Deignan; all chasing one prize; the coveted pink jersey, the Maglia Rosa.

What is the Giro d’Italia?

The Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) is one of Europe’s three major professional cycling races. Together with Tour de France and Vuelta a España the three are collectively termed the Grand Tours and all are similar in format being multi-week races with daily stages. First held in 1909 to promote the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 2014 Giro d’Italia is the 97th edition of the race. It will cover a distance of 3,450 km, 21 stages between 9th May and 1st June 2014. The Giro d’Italia is considered to be second only to the Tour de France in terms of prestige in the cycling world.

What does it mean for Fingal Tourism?

The Giro d’Italia will be broadcast in 174 countries across all continents reaching 125 million households and attracting a combined global TV audience of 775 million viewers. This is the first time that the Giro Grande Pratenza will be hosted outside mainland Europe and one of only 10 occasions since 1909 that the Giro d’Italia has started outside Italy, the last being Denmark in 2012. Up to 300,000 fans are expected to line the route from Armagh to Dublin to cheer on the cyclists. The promotion and media exposure for the entire island of Ireland is on a global scale and offers the opportunity to showcase both north and south as a tourist destination with world class facilities, infrastructure, scenery, food and hospitality and to demonstrate our ability to deliver world class sporting events.

Public Information

The Route

The map of the Stage 3 route can viewed on www.girostart2014.com or fingal.ie

Stage 3 will depart from Armagh City at 11.45am on 11th May, cross the border heading towards Dundalk, Castlebellingham and Drogheda and continue along the coast entering Balbriggan at approximately 14.50hrs. It will then pass Skerries, Lusk, Blakes Cross, Swords (Estuary roundabout), Malahide, Portmarnock and enter Dublin City at Baldoyle travelling to Clontarf, Alfie Byrne Road, East Wall Road, 02, North Wall Quay, Custom House Quay, cross the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge, City Quay, Lombard Street, Westland Row, Lincoln Place to the finish line at Merrion Square West at approximately 16:30 hrs.

Fingal Road Closures

Details of Road Closures in Fingal are available on fingal.ie & www.girostart2014.com

There will be minimal disruption to public transport.

Fingal County Council encourages those travelling for Giro d’Italia to use public transport options Dublin Bus, Swords Express, Irish Rail or cycle.

Recommended viewing points.

The general public can view the race and entourage along the route. The race itself will be preceded by a publicity caravan approximately 90 minutes ahead of the peloton (the race organisers have picked St Georges Square Balbriggan and The Coast Road car park Family Fun Area in Malahide as stops for the publicity caravan). Check out the Timetable and Road Closures for details. The general public are invited to line the route from the outskirts of Balbriggan to Baldoyle to welcome Giro d’Italia, we would also invite you to dress in pink to mark the occasion.

What’s on, Where to go:

Malahide – A FAMILY FUN EVENT (Coast Rd, Car Park, Malahide) Please use Malahide Demesne accessed via the Back Road and follow directions to the fun area (approx. 15 mins walk). Malahide Village will have considerable traffic restrictions from 13:30hrs- 16:30hrs. So come celebrate the Giro d’Fingal in Malahide.

Balbriggan – St. Georges Square (12.00pm to 4.00pm), we’ll have large viewing screens, and entertainment. We are expecting the publicity caravan to arrive at approximately 13.30pm.

Ardgillian Castle & Demesne – we’re attempting the world record for the largest grass graphic.

Lusk Village – (12.00pm to 6.00pm) – we’ll have music and entertainment.

The out of hours information number for all things Giro over the weekend is 1800 29 39 49.

Paul Barnes
Events Office