Giro d'Italia Big Start 2014

09 May - 11 May

Northern Ireland will host the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014, welcoming 200 of the world's top cyclists.

Giro Big Start logo

This annual multiple stage bicycle race is primarily held in Italy and along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling’s prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours.  It is considered to be second only to the Tour de France in terms of prestige in the cycling world.

The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9 - 11 May 2014 and involves routes in Belfast, around the stunning Causeway Coast and Armagh before finishing in Dublin.

About the Giro d'Italia

First held in 1909, the Giro d’Italia is a long distance road bicycle stage race held for professional cyclists over a three week period in May and June annually.

The Giro is hosted primarily in Italy, with a tradition of the start of the race being held outside the country every other .


Giro Entourage Arrivals
Thursday 8th May – Sunday 11th May

Giro d'Italia Opening Event - Come Meet the Riders!
Thursday 8 May, grounds of Belfast City Hall
This will be a great opportunity to see the teams up close and enjoy the party atmosphere. This event is free to attend but will be ticketed access. Tickets will be released to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at 9am, Thursday 24 April via the Belfast Welcome Centre. See here for details.

Day 1 Belfast-Belfast: Friday 9 May
Start – Titanic Quarter
Finish – Belfast City Hall

Day 2 Belfast-Belfast: Saturday 10 May
This 218km leg of the race starts in Belfast and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, taking in the Causeway Coastal Route from Cushendall to Larne onto Whitehead and Carrickfergus before returning to Belfast.
Start – Titanic Quarter
Finish – Belfast City Hall

Day 3 Armagh-Dublin: Sunday 11 May
Start – The Mall, Armagh
Finish – Dublin City Centre

After the opening three stages the cyclists will fly from Dublin to continue the race in Italy.

Keep up to date at, on Facebook and Twitter @girostart2014.
This event is supported by NITB and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.








Day 1 Route

Day 2 Route

Day 3 Route

General Giro Route


NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

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