Giro d’Italia map

The Giro d’Italia is one of the UCI World Tour cycling races, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. The route changes every year but always includes two time trials, the Alps, and 21 stages over 23 days, with two rest days.

This year, the three-week cycling showcase will start on the 4th of May in Naples and will end on the 26th of May in Brescia, but the Grande Partenza (the Big Start) will take place in Ireland: Stage 3 will be in Belfast on the 10th of May, Dublin on the 11th and Armagh on the 12th. The race will travel through Louth, Meath and Dublin, finishing on Merrion Square in Dublin City centre.

This will be the 11th time that the race will have stages outside Italy – there have also been stages in San Marino, Monaco, Belgium, the Vatican, Greece, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

As the race comes to Ireland, Cycling Ireland is looking for hundreds of volunteers and marshals, who will be required to ensure that the event is safe and enjoyable for the participants and the public alike.

Information and training will be provided from next week onwards, and volunteers who receive the necessary training will be able to avail of opportunities to marshal at other key events like the European Marathon MTB Championships in June.

You can make your interest known by completing the form here.

For more information, go to the official Giro d’Italia “Big Start” web site here or the Cycling Ireland web site here.

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