Giro d'Italia Big Start
Giro d’Italia, one of the world’s greatest cycling events, arrives in Ireland on Sunday, 11th of May.
This Grand Tour, famously won by Ireland’s Stephen Roche in 1987, will see the world’s best cyclists race 187km from Armagh to Dublin and offers a fantastic opportunity to experience the carnival atmosphere of this sporting spectacle.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the festivities and cheer on these titans on two wheels as 200 elite cyclists battle it out for the coveted pink jersey through the streets of Dundalk, Drogheda, Malahide and Clontarf before they race to the finish line in Dublin’s Merrion Square! With a huge crowd expected in the city centre, the thrills of a close finish, mixed with the wonderful flavours of Italian food and drink at the Giro Fan Park and the Irish Cycling Show, there will be loads of fun for the whole family!
RECOMMENDED VIEWING POINTS! There are plenty of wonderful viewing points along the route giving you the chance to get up close and personal to the world’s cycling greats. Check out the Timetable and Road Closures for details.
PUBLICITY CARA VAN! The advertising caravan that precedes the race is a long held tradition of the Giro d’Italia. There are official stops where the caravan will stop and hand out promotional items in Dundalk, Drogheda, Balbriggan, Malahide, and Dublin.
GIRO EVENTS! To celebrate the arrival of the Giro, local businesses and communities are putting on special celebrations along the race route. In Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, the Official Giro Fan Park will take place which includes the Irish Cycling Show.
GETTING HERE! Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due as roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route.
STAY SAFE! Much of the race route will not have barriers so use common sense and maintain a safe distance from the riders. Particular attention needs to be given to ensure young children and pets are kept at a safe distance from the riders and race vehicles.
THINK PINK! Get into the spirit of the Giro. Dress up in pink, decorate your home or place of work, throw a pink party, line the race route and enjoy the festivities.
Wherever you want to see the race, ensure you are there at least 90 minutes before the riders are due. Roads will be closed to facilitate the event and passage of the Publicity Caravan. We would therefore recommend you use Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART and Irish Rail to access the race route.