Saturday 15th September 2012
Ballycastle, County Antrim
The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive offers an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland. With 3 routes (57km, 126km, 182km) through an incredible landscape steeped in myth and legend, this iconic event is fast becoming the most talked about sportive on the Irish cycling calendar.
Cyclists have the choice of 3 routes which all start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim –
- 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. Although still a considerable challenge this circular route is mostly on flat terrain apart from a steady climb out of Ballintoy. With a feed station located just after half way in, your energy will be kept up to enjoy the stunning coastal descent back to Ballycastle.
- The Glens and Coast Route, 126km, 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!
- The Giant Killer, 182km, 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 eases through Bushmills, along the Giant’s Causeway 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 be a day to remember.
- Choice of fully waymarked routes
- Electronic timing
- Feed Stations
- On route marshals at dangerous junctions
- Motorcycle outriders
- Mechanical support
- Event photographer
- Goody bag for all finishers
- First Aid and ambulance services
- Hot food at the end
- Changing / shower facilities
- Free t-shirt (or similar item)
Website entry – Yes (entry webpage)