I have lots of Marylebone and London posts to come in the next few weeks, but today it’s time for something completely different.
The Grande Partenza – the Big Start – of the Giro d’Italia took place in Belfast yesterday, and Distant Drumlin was there to cheer on the riders.
Stage 1 was a team time trial over 21.7 km, starting in the Titanic Quarter and heading out of Belfast to the east side of the city and back again. Distant Drumlin had a great vantage point outside the Parliament Buildings at Stormont – the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
It was a fantastic experience, seeing this world-class sporting event on our local roads. My friends and I were in the middle of a friendly crowd, big enough to give the cyclists a great pink welcome, but small enough for us to get really close to the riders as they stormed past, and to marvel at their speed and strength.
Fireworks exploded over Parliament Buildings – Belfast’s way of saying thank you for a great day out, and good luck to all the cyclists as they head off to the north coast on Stage 2 today, and to Dublin tomorrow on Stage 3, and then on to Italy for the rest of the race. Forza!