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Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive

22/06/2019 - Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland - Sportive

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The iconic scenery that participants experience on the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive makes the event one of the most exciting sportives in Northern Ireland. Now in its 9th year, the Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive consistently draws over 1,000 participants every year, from all parts of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, and beyond. The 2019 sportive features a new 60 mile route and the event will be held on Saturday 22nd June.

The event starts and finishes in Ballycastle, a picturesque seaside town situated on the stunning North Coast in Northern Ireland. The route features the iconic Causeway Coastal Route and Glens of Antrim, and also includes part of the 2014 Giro d'Italia route.

There are four routes to choose from: 35 miles, 60 miles, 85 miles, and 115 miles. These routes have been developed with every level of cyclist in mind, from complete beginner taking part in their first sportive, through to the serious cyclist. The 35 mile route is suitable for beginners and entry-level cyclists, while the 60 mile route is for cyclists wanting to step up from the 35 mile route; the 85 and 115 mile routes are more suitable for serious cyclists with testing hills of up to 20%. 

The 35 mile 'Causeway Coaster' route takes you past Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, which features a 100ft drop to the ocean below, and the world-famous Giant's Causeway, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts 40,000 basalt stone columns and spectacular views. Participants also pass Bushmills, the home of the world's oldest whiskey distillery Bushmills Distillery, as well as the Dark Hedges, an incredible row of beech trees made famous by hit-show Game of Thrones. The new 60 mile 'Across the Coast and Glens' route follows this course, while also taking in more of the stunning north coast scenery. 

The 85 mile 'Glens and Coast 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. There is always an exciting flurry of calculations and debates here as riders face the decision of tackling the behemoth or opting for the bypass, avoiding Torr Head. Torr Head covers 10 miles and features 832 feet of climbing, with a gradient of over 20% in places. Riders are pushed to the brink as each climb appears to be the last, but every second improves the view over the Irish Sea and, on a clear day, as far as Scotland.

The 115 mile '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. 

All routes are marshalled, and well-signed, and there are numerous feed stations along the route which provide participants with delicious food to give them a boost. The finish line in Ballycastle provides participants with hot food and a chance to grab a hot shower and relax after completing their epic challenge! 

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HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Ballycastle GAA Club
Address Line 2 14-18 Whitepark Road
Town Ballycastle
County Antrim
Postcode BT54 6HA
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Outdoor Recreation NI
Email Email Hidden
Phone 02890303930
County Antrim

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