Giant's Causeway Coast Sportive FAQs

Have a burning question about your upcoming event? These FAQs should cover everything you need to know. If there’s something we haven’t answered please feel free to get in touch ― at team@mariecurie.org.uk or on 0845 052 4184.

Event date

This marathon is being run on 9 September 2017 TBC

What if I become injured or need to cancel my place?

Please contact our supporter relations team at team@mariecurie.org.uk or on 0845 052 4184, as well as the event organisers at info@cycleni.com.

When will I receive my official race day information?

The race information will be on the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive   website in the months leading up to the event. Please do also keep an eye on the website for more updates.

When will I receive my race number and timing chip?

All participants will need to register before the start of the event on race day or the day before. This is when you’ll be issued with your timing chip and rider number. There will be important welcome and safety briefings for all participants that will cover safety, the latest weather forecast, logistical considerations and other general important information.

Are the roads closed?

No, but the course is set on quieter roads.

What happens during registration? 

During the registration process, you’ll be required to show a form of photo identification in order to receive your event pack. You’ll be able to register on the Friday before the event, or on the morning before you start. We recommend you register on Friday to avoid any unnecessary stress or possible delays.

When and where does the race start?

The start times are set by distance. You’ll need to be ready for your wave no later than 30 minutes before the start. The start location for each route is located on the grass area opposite the Marine Hotel. For those who are being guided by GPS, the postcode for this area is BT54 6BN.

Where will I finish the event?

All distances will finish at the same location as the start in Ballycastle.

How can I get my hands on some Endura Team Marie Curie Kit?

All cyclists who use their place to fundraise for Marie Curie are eligible for kit: an Endura Marie Curie jersey when you have raised £350 and bib shorts when you have raised £500. Please let us know when you have reached this amount so these will be mailed to you in the post.

What will I receive as part of Team Marie Curie?

As part of the team you’ll receive:

  • access to Cycling Zone with training plans, tips and advice
  • regular e-newsletters with fundraising support and advice to help you smash your target
  • on-the-day support from our dedicated events team
  • an Endura Marie Curie cycling jersey when you raise £350 and the matching bib shorts when you reach £500
  • on-hand support from our fundraising team 

General event information

What’s the event all about?

The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive is a unique event based across the iconic coastlines of Northern Ireland. Taking part offers an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the region.

This leisure event is one of the biggest road cycling events in Northern Ireland. 1,400 participants are expected to take part in the 2016 event.

How far is the event?

There are three distances to choose from:

57km: The Causeway Coaster, although still a considerable challenge, is a perfect entry level route for those new to the sportive scene or who are keen to soak up the Causeway Coast’s spectacular scenery.

126km: The Glens and Coast Route features the breath-taking rugged coastline and the romantic landscape of the glens. It’s ideal for those used to 80-100km routes.

182km: The Giant Killer offers cyclists the chance to cycle through an area of unsurpassed beauty. This route is not for the faint-hearted but for serious cyclists up for a lung-busting challenge. 

What’s the age limit?

Riders must be 18 years or older on or before event day for all distances. 

What if I need to update my personal details?

Please contact our supporter relations team at team@mariecurie.org.uk or on 0845 052 4184, as well as the event organisers at info@cycleni.com.

Is car parking available at the event?

There are two official car parks for this event at Páirc Mac Uilín on Whitepark Road and the Sports Complex on Quay Road. 

Will there be changing facilities and showers?

Changing and shower facilities will be available for participants at the Sports Complex on Quay Road and also at the Leisure Centre on Mary Street.

What mandatory kit do I need to have with me?

Below is a list of essential kit that you’ll need to bring on the day. Please note if you do not have these items you will NOT be allowed to participate:

  • road bike ― make sure it is in good working order (participants completing the 57km route may use a mountain bike or a hybrid touring bike)
  • helmet
  • water bottle
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