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Overview

The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive, in association with Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store Belfast, 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 1,400 participants to last years event.

The entry fee is £40 and this years event will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017, cyclists have the choice of 3 routes (57km; 126km; 182km) which all start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim.

Participants who have taken part in previous events will have received a £5 off discount code from the event organisers which is valid until 30/6/2017.

Why Ride the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive?


Route 1 (57km / 36 miles)

The Causeway Coaster, 57km 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.


Route 2 (126km / 80 miles)
*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. Turn left and you will find yourself back in Ballycastle after 20km with one long steady climb to finish. 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. Full respect to any rider who gives Torr Head a bash!


Route 3 (182km / 115 miles)

The 182km 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

This years ‘Sportive After Party’ will take place in Ballycastle. Come along and enjoy the craic with fellow event participants and make sure to bring your bike number to enter our free raffle. Venue – TBC.

 

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.

sponsor_caan sponsor_cycleni Tourism Northern Ireland Chain Reaction Cycles Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

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