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Overview

The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive is a unique event based on the iconic North Coast of Ireland offering an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland. This leisure event is one of the biggest road cycling events in Northern Ireland attracting over 1,100 participants to last year’s event.

The entry fee is £40 and next year’s event will take place on Saturday 22nd June 2019 cyclists have the choice of 4 routes (35 miles; 60 miles; 85 miles; 115 miles) which all start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

Why Ride the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive?


Route 1 (35 miles / 56km)

The Causeway Coaster, 56km route, is a perfect entry level route for those who are new to the sportive scene or who are keen to soak up the Causeway Coast’s spectacular scenery. Starting in Ballycastle the route heads west towards Bushmills via the Coast Road. This circular route is mostly on flat terrain with some hills but is still classed as a challenge with some pre training definitely required. With a feed station located just after half way in, your energy will be kept up to enjoy the stunning inland scenery back to Ballycastle.


NEW! Route 2 (60 miles / 96km)

 

The brand new 60 mile “Across the Coast and Glens” Route is ideal for cyclists wanting to step up from the 35 mile route and take in more of the stunning north coast scenery. The route follows the 35 mile and 115 mile beginning, going west towards Bushmills via the Coast Road. Taking in the Dark Hedges, it goes on to cross the magical Glens of Antrim to Glenarm after turning at Armoy and following the 85 mile and 115 mile route in the direction of Cushendall. Here, riders will head north towards Cushendun, where that epic decision awaits you; turn left for the Torr Head bypass and reach Ballycastle after 20km with one long steady climb to finish OR Turn right and the infamous Torr Head Road awaits you. With some epic climbs and hair-raising descents, this option should not be taken lightly.


Route 3 (85 miles /134km)

*With Route Option to bypass Torr Head*

The Glens and Coast Route features the breathtaking rugged coastline and the romantic landscape of the glens. This route is geared towards cyclists who are used to pounding out 80-100km routes on a regular basis. The route begins with a steady climb through the magical Glens of Antrim to Glenarm before heading north along the world famous Antrim coast road. At Cushendun, cyclists have a BIG decision to make. As with the 60 mile route, if you turn left you’ll face a long steady climb taking you back into Ballycastle. Or, if you turn right you’ll face the challenge of tackling the epic Torr Head. Full respect to any rider who gives Torr Head a bash!


Route 4  (115 miles / 187km)

The 187km Giant Killer offers cyclists the chance to cycle through an area of unsurpassed beauty. It is definitely classed as the BIG one and is not for the faint-hearted but for serious cyclists up for a lung-busting challenge. The route starts off by heading west towards Bushmills, along the Coast Road before tackling some reasonably tough, long climbs through the Glens of Antrim. At Glenarm the route follows the coast road all the way back to Ballycastle including the Torr Head Road which is sure to push cyclists of every level right to the limit. Expect to be rewarded with the best scenery on offer along the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Make no mistake this will be a tough day in the saddle with some serious climbs and thrilling descents but for all who complete this challenge it will certainly be a day to remember.


Saturday Post Event

More information on the after party will be released nearer the big day.

 

The Causeway Coaster, at approximately 57km, is a relatively short, gentle cycling loop which takes in some of the most stunning scenery along the Causeway Coast. Leaving Ballycastle participants will follow the road through Ballintoy and on to Bushmills, before they head for home they will pass through the village of Armoy and Glentaisie before finally reaching Ballycastle. With an abundance of scenery and minimal hills this loop is aimed at those who enjoy a short leisurely spin out on their bikes.

Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland Cycle NI Decathlon

This event is an initiative of Outdoor Recreation NI, a not for profit organisation