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Belfast 2024.

The Routes

Three Days of Cycling. 4 routes


Friday 24th is the only day where we have 2 routes. Route 1 includes the rather scenic Torr Head but this is a bit lumpy. Use the alternative (still perfectly scenic) if you fancy a steadier climb. We have made the split the route at Cushendun (after lunch) and they both join before Ballycastle.

Please read the notes as other specific additions and diversions are on Friday and Sunday routes.

Ride with GPS has been chosen as you can download the route in multiple formats. Click on the link for more details.

Friday – the Coastal Bit (inc Torr Head)

90 miles long with a bit of climbing in the middle. It takes about 25 miles for the road to open up but after Larne it is quite something.Coffee vans are (usually) on the road between Larne and Cushendall. Stop where you can. The support crew will be ahead hunting them out.

Harrys Bar is marked on the route – bikes can be parked at the rear.

Route split in Cushendun

Added to the route (but easily avoided) are Ballintoy Harbour, Dunluce Castle, Giants Causeway. These are clear on each map. They are worth doing if your legs are feeling OK.

Saturday. The Sperrins Bit

Not widely known, even inside Ireland, but this part of the North is quite something. Once we leave Portrush we start heading towards Port Stewart, Coleraine, Limavady and then Claudy for lunch. After that it is Plumbridge and Gortin before the final hill into Omagh. Take you time,- there is no rush.

Lunch is booked @ The Fat Fox, Claudy. £10 for a meal deal including chips!

Sunday – the road home..

Our final day skirts south of Lough Neagh via Moy, Portadown, Royal Hillsborough and criss-crosses the Lagan into Belfast centre & the Europa Hotel.

In Moy there are a number of pubs/hotels serving food and drink..or go for Ryco for Coffee (marked on the map). At Portadown – before you cross the Upper Bann – we have a diversion as part of the route taking to McDonalds and the centre. Its not compulsory. You can just keep on the main drag over the Bann and head towards Royal Hillsborough.

When approaching Belfast Centre keep your wits about you as the route needs some care.

Alternative Day 1 route – still lumpy but a bit less so…