Gianni Bugno gearing up for Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland
1990 Giro d’Italia Champion Gianni Bugno to swap his pink jersey for the official race jersey, supplied by Castelli, of the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland on June 5th, 2016.
Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland, the official legacy event of the 2014 Giro Big Start is very proud to announce Gianni Bugno, 1990 Giro d’Italia Champion and double World Champion (1991/92), will travel to Belfast to ride the Gran Fondo 5 June, 2016.
Gianni Bugno said: “Since I saw how successful the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start was and how passionate the people in Northern Ireland were about cycling, it has been a big ambition of mine to come to ride my bike in Northern Ireland and experience the spectacular scenery. Being able to participate in the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia NI is a great honour for me and I look forward to riding with everyone this June.”
There are two options for those looking to ride the event on June 5th; the 173km Mourne route and the 58km Strangford route.
The Mourne Route is 173km with 2500m of climbing over some very though climbs through the Mourne Mountains. The Strangford Route is 58km and brings the riders on a lovely route alongside Strangford Lough. Both routes are on fully closed, policed roads – only one of a handful of cycle sportives in the UK and Ireland under such conditions. The 2015 event saw riders travel from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all over Europe. Our new charity partner Co-operation Ireland will see funds raised by teams participating and a gala fund raising dinner on Friday 3 Junein Coppi Restaurant.
The registration process is still open with places filling up.