Sustrans Giro Schools Challenge

The Route, Stage by Stage

Stage 1: Belfast to Belfast

Distance: 21 km

The first stage of the Giro will take cyclists on the exciting team time trials around Belfast as they zip through the streets, beginning at the Titanic Quarter and ending at the City Hall in the city centre.

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Comber Greenway

A tranquil green corridor all the way from Comber to the heart of East Belfast along the old Belfast to Comber railway line.

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Stage 2: Belfast to Belfast

Distance: 218 km

For the second stage cyclists will cycle to the Causeway Coast and Glens and back to Belfast via the stunning Causeway Coastal Route

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Causeway Coast Cycle Route

This stunning 23-mile cycle route runs along the North Atlantic coast from Castlerock to the Giant’s Causeway via Coleraine, and forms part of National Route 93.

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Stage 3: Armagh to Dublin

Distance: 187 km

For stage 3 Armagh Cathedral City will host the final Northern Ireland stage of the heroic event

This is a single day stage and there are special prizes up for grabs. It still counts towards the overall results, just like the other stages.

This is the SEN stage. It still counts towards the overall results for all schools, just like the other stages.

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Belfast to Ballyshannon

Ireland‘s first coast to coast route begins in Whiteabbey following a largely traffic free route to Lisburn. Highlights include the cathedral city of Armagh, the market towns of Dungannon and cookstown. The route then passes over the remote Sperrin mountains and stone age allignments such as those at Beaghmore. Onto Omagh through quiet roads to Enniskillen and on towards Ballyshannon and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Stage 4: Sassano to Montecassino

Distance: 247 km

This is our first stage in Italy, and it’s a tough one. It’s long, at 247 kilometres and has an uphill finish. The route goes through the famous Amalfi Coast and passes the city of Naples

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Craigavon Cycle Trail

Ride through the Borough of Craigavon linking inland waterways, the shores of Lough Neagh and picturesque villages

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Stage 5: Frosinone to Foligno

Distance: 214 km

Stage 7 leads the riders to the north on a course of 214 kilometers. This stage has got a bit of everything, some hills in the middle and flat sprint at the end.

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ecos Cycle Trail

The ecos Cycle Trail is a 17 mile cycle route between Ballymena and Glenarm mainly along quiet minor roads through and over the Antrim Plateau.

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Stage 6: Collecchio to Savona

Distance: 249 km

Today’s stage is the longest of the 2014 Giro, in 249 kilometers it goes from Collecchio to Savona. The route is paved with small hillocks and two mountains and the race finishes with a long descent.

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Foyle Valley Cycle Route

Connecting Derry City to the border towns of Lifford and Strabane this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which crosses between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Stage 7: Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese

Distance: 158 km

In 158 kilometers stage 13 leads from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese. After yesterday’s time trial and before tomorrow’s mountain stage, a transition stage if there ever was one.

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Lagan and Lough Cycle Way

The Lagan and Lough Cycle Way is a level, traffic-free cycle ride or walk connecting Lisburn, Belfast and Jordanstown.

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Stage 8: Valdengo to Montecampione

Distance: 217 km

The course of 217 kilometers leads from Valdengo to Montecampione. This stage is takes place near Milan. It is mostly flat, until the final 20 kilometres see the riders tackle a steep 1400 climb, one of the steepest of the whole race.

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Limavady Borough

A 24 mile cycle route stretching from the northern Sperrins foothills at Foreglen, through the Roe Valley, over the magnificent Binevenagh mountain with spectacular views of Lough Foyle.

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Stage 9: Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta

Distance: 183 km

A hilly stage through the Dolomite mountain range, with three big climbs. This stage could prove vital with the just one more stage go.

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North Down. Bangor to Newtownards

Connecting Bangor to Newtownards, this cycle route is a mixture of traffic free paths and quiet country roads and lanes which starts off on the traffic free North Down Coastal Path through Crawfordsburn Country Park before heading inland to Newtownards past the Clandeboye Estate on country roads.

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Stage 10: Gemona del Friuli to Trieste

Distance: 169 km

The final stage! For the last stage the riders will traditionally ride in as a group. Once they get to Trieste, however, there will be 8 laps of 7.3 kilometers and a ferocious bunch sprint to the line.

This is a single day stage and there are special prizes up for grabs. It still counts towards the overall results, just like the other stages.

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Newry Canal Towpath

This cycle and walking route from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry is a 20 mile trip on part of route 9 of the National Cycle Network. The route follows the towpath on the western bank of the, now non-navigable, Newry Canal.

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