This Saturday kicks off Bike Week in Belfast which will see a whole host of events get you in gear for the first of three Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia events coming up.
Thousands of people expecting to enjoy a ton of cycling activities and events ahead of the June 21 closed-road event where amateur cyclists take part in the challenging 177km ride through the majestic Mourne Mountains or the shorter 58km route along the shores of Strangford Lough.
So to get you in the mood here are 9 events you could try:
1. Belfie Competition
Across Belfast, June 13 – 21
While out and about on the Belfast Bikes why not stop to take a quick selfie to be in with the chance of winning a prize.
There will be three categories for entries into the competition including Bike Buddies and Cycle Chic.
Although you might want to be careful…just don’t google a “Belfie”.
2. Cycling Fun
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn, June 13 – 21
Cycle to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex and enjoy a 2 for 1 leisure pool voucher where you can enjoy some of the fastest, longest and wettest water rides in Ireland.
3. Maintenance Workshop
Jameson Street, Belfast, June 16 from 6.30 – 8.30pm
Fellow Bicycle Co is running a workshop for beginners.
Learn how to do the basics like change tyres, punctures, adjust brakes and keep your machine running smoothly all year round. Bring your own bike.
Only 8 places available for this bespoke workshop in Fellow’s small but beautiful workshop.
4. The Fréd Festival Debate
David Bates Building, Queen’s University, Belfast, June 17, starting 1pm
Has Belfast got the potential to be the next Copenhagan, Amsterdam or even Dublin?
Currently ranked as the UK’s most congested city, can Belfast ever be a cycling city?
Hear both sides of the argument at this debate.
5. Bike to School Day
Across Northern Ireland, June 17
All school children across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to cycle to school on the Wednesday of Bike Week as an alternative to using motorised transportation and to learn about sustainable methods of travel.
6. Bike to Work Day
Gasworks to Belfast City Hall, June 19
Over 200 cyclists will gather at the Gasworks in Belfast and cycle to the City Hall to promote cycling in Northern Ireland.
Cyclists taking part in this event can enjoy a complimentary coffee and breakfast snack in the grounds of the City Hall before travelling to work.
7. Picollo Fondo
Lisburn, Comber, Holywood and Newtownabbey, June 20
Organised by Sustrans NI, there will be four led-rides for families and communities on greenways and quiet roads from Lisburn, Comber, Holywood and Newtownabbey, arriving at Titanic Quarter.
8. Mountain Bike Trails
Castleward, Co. Down, June 20
Bring your bike or hire one to enjoy the trails that meander through the estate’s ground and woodlands and have been specifically designed to be used by cyclists
Beach & BBQ Picnic, Belfast to Holywood, June 20, 1 – 6pm
Departing from the Big Fish at 1pm, take a gentle roll out to Seapark in Holywood where there will be BBQs to cook food or just bring your own picnic.
For details of other events please check the Travelwise NI website www.nidirect.gov.uk/bike-week-13-to-21-june or your local council.