Lyttle: Giro legacy lives on as Gran Fondo gets underway

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle has praised the thousands of cyclists tackling some of Northern Ireland’s most challenging routes, as the Gran Fonda got underway on Sunday.

The legacy project of the Giro d’Italia, Northern Ireland will host the Gran Fondo for the next three years, with cyclists leaving Titanic Belfast and heading towards the Mourne and Strangford areas to take on some of the Country’s toughest climbs.

Chris Lyttle MLA – the Alliance Party’s cycling spokesperson – said: “As a supporter of a cycling revolution I am delighted to see the Gran Fondo in Northern Ireland.

“Last year’s Giro d’Italia was an amazing success, engaging people across Northern Ireland where every street along the route was decorated in pink and lined with supporters. That enthusiasm hasn’t dwindled, with more and more people taking up cycling for both recreation and active travel.

“For those inspired to take up the sport following the Giro d’Italia, the Gran Fondo encourages amateur racers to take part and I want to congratulate the many riders from all backgrounds that took part today.

“As Chair of the Assembly’s All Party Group on cycling, I am focussed on working for better cycling provision in Northern Ireland. It is essential the Executive delivers a fit for purpose cycling strategy and network to convince people that cycling is for everyone.”

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