Sportive News: Irish Olympian Launches Causeway Coast Sportive

Outdoor Recreation NI, organisers of the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive on Saturday 15th September in Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) are pleased to announce Ireland’s Olympic track cycling representative as event ambassador

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Martyn Irvine, who is set to become Ireland’s first ever Olympic track cyclist this summer, recently joined up with event organisers, Outdoor Recreation NI, to announce the date for this year’s event. This popular cycling event, which is set to carry on from its huge success last year, is expected to attract up to 1000 amateur cyclists to the North Coast of Northern Ireland on Saturday 15th September and the 7-time Irish national track and road cycling champion believes that sportives such as this can be the perfect introduction into cycling.

Irvine commented, “I only bought my first road bike in 2005 and now I am preparing to represent Ireland at the London Olympics. Before this, I worked as a mechanic in a small town outside Belfast and would never have discovered cycling if it hadn’t have been for my colleagues urging me to enter events such as these.”

“I am a huge advocate of cycling sportives in general so it is even more exciting to have such a talked about event growing from strength to strength here in Northern Ireland,” added Irvine.

The event offers participants a choice of 3 routes (182km, 126km, 57km) each taking in the spectacular Giant’s Causeway Coast and the stunning Glens of Antrim. Online entry is now open and more information including detailed route descriptions, maps, online booking and indeed advice from cycle training experts Forme Coaching is available on the event website

This year event organisers have teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care and Action Medical Research to encourage participants to fundraise for these extremely worthwhile causes which will certainly act as a great motivator when the hills become tough!

The event starts and finishes in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Registration costs £35 and participants are also encouraged to fundraise for one of the nominated charities.


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