Giro Comes to Belfast

I have lots of Marylebone and London posts to come in the next few weeks, but today it’s time for something completely different.

Karolyn Cooper - Team Lampre Merida
Team Lampre Merida

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.

Rider from Team Tinkoff Saxo
Rider from Team Tinkoff Saxo

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.

Karolyn Cooper - Team Neri Sottoli
Team Neri Sottoli

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!

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, that last picture 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. The fireworks were a great finish to a great day. I was so impressed with the cyclists. If I’d been cycling as hard as them yesterday I would be in bed today. Instead, they are off on a 200km stage in the rain.

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      1. I think I need to lie down… 😉

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  2. Kim in Fiji says:

    I had never heard of the Giro Italia until this morning, when I read this inspiring article on BBC. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27333310
    How wonderful to feel so close to this race that provided a cover for a great humanitarian. BRAVO!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      The story of Bartali is amazing. I just read that today on the BBC too. Brave people, and clever to hide documents inside a bike frame.

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  3. linnetmoss says:

    Yes, that last picture is a stunner. But I do love all the formfitting costumes of the cyclists 😉

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      You do like the beautiful men, don’t you.

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  4. Love bicycling (doing it myself these days with a great racing bike) but hate the usual doping stuff going on in competitions as in any other sport as well. Would love they would get rid of doping or genetical benefits through some miracles!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Absolutely. There’s so much goodwill from the public towards elite athletes, cyclists, cricketers etc., and we feel so let down when the sport is corrupted by doping or match-fixing.

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  5. That action shot of the cyclist from Team Movistar is something else.

    Hey, did you hear about your photography competition yet? (Did I miss that?)

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      No news yet on the photography competition – must wait until 13 June.

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