Do the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Cycle for Cedar

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Gran Fondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are beginning to gain momentum in North America and beyond.

Gran Fondo means many things to many people. Loosely translated, it means everything from “great foundation”, “great distance” or “great endurance.” It can be a full-on race, or just a ride. It’s both a sporting event and a cultural experience. And it’s truly Italian. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

Gran Fondo’s were invented in Italy in the early 1900’s and have been part of Italian cycling culture and tradition for over 100 years.

The first Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland event will be held on June 21st 2015.

Two routes have been scoped and recommended by the organisers, preceded by cycling activities on the day before the main event across Northern Ireland. Both routes, one 177 kilometres and the other 58 kilometres, commence and finish at Titanic Belfast – the iconic location where the 2014 Giro d’Italia started.

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The 58km route will prove challenging and enjoyable for all levels of cycling enthusiasts. If you are new to cycling events or want to set yourself a personal challenge to help boost your fitness and experience that “Giro feeling,” then this route is for you.

If you would like to take part in the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland for Cedar, Details of both routes and online booking are available on the website at

Once you have entered, just let us know and we will give you your sponsorship form and fundraising pack. If you are cycling for Cedar we ask that you raise a minimum of £40 in sponsorship.

For more information phone Christine on 028 9061 2424 or email


Cedar is a Northern Ireland charity working with children and adults with disabilities throughout Northern Ireland.


All Cedar Services:

  • Empower people with disabilities to be in control
  • Support individuals and families to build personal and family resilience
  • Build the personal capacity of individuals to live, work and take part in their communities
  • Continually improve and innovate to provide the best services for people with disabilities

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