Binchy urges Dubliners to ‘Think Pink’ and support Giro D’Italia

giro1Councillor Kieran Binchy is encouraging Dublin residents to ‘Think Pink’ and support the Giro d’Italia when the great cycling race comes to the city on Sunday.

Dublin is preparing to welcome thousands of fans from across the globe when the Giro’s third stage finishes just outside Merrion Square.

“The Giro d’Italia in Dublin is so much more than just a bike race; it is one of the world’s largest and most colourful sporting events, and it calls for an entire city celebration,” said Cllr Binchy, who is standing as a Fine Gael candidate for Pembroke South Dock in the forthcoming local elections.

Kieran, a keen cyclist himself and campaigner on behalf of the Dublin Bikes scheme, added: “The first stage brought great numbers to Belfast, and I would love to see a huge Dublin welcome for Stage 3.”

As pink is the official colour of the Giro, Dubliners and visitors are encouraged to showcase their world-famous spirit and “Pink the City” by wearing pink, waving pink banners, riding pink bikes, and more.

The Dublin City Council, City Arts Office, and a panel of artists / performers are working to create a once-in-a-lifetime array of cultural events and activities to animate public spaces, entertain attendees, and showcase the vibrancy of Dublin. The Giro Fan Park will take place at Merrion Square Park on Saturday and Sunday, including retail exhibitions, the Irish Cycling Show, and a wide variety of food, activities, and events for everyone to enjoy.

Giro D’Italia information

The 2014 Giro d’Italia is the 97th edition of the race, which this year will cover a distance of 3,450 km over 21 stages between May 9 and June 1.

The Grande Partenza (Big Start) of the 2014 Giro d’Italia will take place on the island of Ireland over three days from May 9-11, with Stages 1 & 2 in Northern Ireland followed by Stage 3 from Armagh to Dublin on Sunday, May 11.

The finish line will be just outside Merrion Square, where thousands of fans will await to cheer on the cyclists.

Since the first race in 1909, the Giro d’Italia has started outside Italy only on 10 occasions. 22 teams comprising almost 200 professional riders from over 30 countries together with their technical teams and sponsors will travel to Ireland for the event.

Following departure from Armagh city at 11.45am on Sunday, Stage 3 will cross the border heading towards Dundalk, Castlebellingham and Drogheda. The 187 km route will continue along the coast through Skerries, Swords, Malahide and enter Dublin City at Baldoyle travelling to Clontarf, Alfie Byrne Road, East Wall Road, 02, North Wall Quay, Custom House Quay, cross the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge, City Quay, Lombard Street, Westland Row, Lincoln Place to the finishing line at Merrion Square West at approximately 16.30.

A publicity caravan consisting of 50–80 promotional vehicles distributing free merchandise will travel along the route approximately 90 mins. ahead of the race entourage and riders.

The map of the route can viewed on Girostart