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Giro D’Italia Big Start

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If you’re in Dublin in May you won’t want to miss the excitement of being a spectator at one of the world’s largest sporting events. The Giro D’Italia runs from 9th May until 1st June, kicking off with  a bang with The Big Start in Ireland and Northern Ireland from 9th – 11th May. The first two days take place in Belfast and the race on day three starts in Armagh and finishes up in Dublin city centre. Dublin will be buzzing with life and excitement – think Tour de France, but more pink!

First organised in 1909, Giro D’Italia welcomes over 200 professional cyclists and 12.5 million spectators over the three week event, so you’re going to want to get into a good position to see all the action.

The race will end on Upper Merrion Street, so get there early to secure a good spot and you’ll be able to see the cyclists cross the finish line. Stick around the area for the Giro Festival which will take place in Merrion Square over the course of the weekend to celebrate the start of the event. For a more picturesque view, you can head towards Dublin Port as the cycle route passes near the coast between Clontarf and Dublin city centre.

The majority of the race takes place in Italy, so to make the day even more authentic get into the Italian spirit at one of the local restaurants. Try The Unicorn just down the road off St Stephen’s Green, or Il Posto for a tasty Italian Mediterranean dinner. Or head to Mamma Mia Deli Café Bar for authentic Italian coffee or lunch to take away and enjoy while you watch and soak up the atmosphere.

As the winner of the race wears a pink jersey (the “maglia rosa”), expect the city to be awash with pink decorations, merchandise, food, clothes and more – why not join in the fun and wear something pink yourself?

It’s sure to be a great start to Giro D’Italia, with 2013 winner Vincenzo Nibali looking to defend his title. And with the finish line only a twenty minute bus ride or half hour’s walk from Generator Dublin, you’ll never be too far from the action.


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