Carrickfergus Borough Council’s preparations for the Giro d’Italia moved up a gear on Friday with a presentation at the Town Hall to community organisations and business owners.
This year’s Giro, one of the world’s biggest cycle races, will start in Belfast on May 9. And the second day of the event will see more than 200 top cyclists racing a 218km route, which will take in Carrick.
Earlier last week, a local delegation, including the Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Stewart, attended the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s ‘Get Ready for the Giro’ roadshow in Larne. It included an overview of the impact on roads and communities of the event, which is expected to draw 140 visitors.
Councillor Stewart said: “Carrickfergus Borough Council is organising a number of events to coincide with the race and we hope that our local residents will come out to welcome the race as it passes through the borough with as much enthusiasm as they did for the Olympic Torch in 2012.”