Road Closures and Traffic Management for the 2017 event are the same as the 2016 event including the Mourne route timed cut off.
The cut off will be in Hilltown at 11:00 am, after 70km on course.
All riders who fail to make it to this point in Hilltown Square by 11am must take the 10.5km journey on open public roads along the B8 Castlewellan Road and right onto the B27 Kilkeel Road and then left on to the B180 Bryansford Road where you rejoin the route at the junction of Slievenaman Road and onto the official Gran Fondo course and complete your ride on closed roads.
The Hilltown cut off will have signage, event staff and marshals to assist all riders.
The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland is unique that it will be run on policed closed roads, similar to that which the professionals enjoyed during the Giro d’Italia. For this to be enforced we require a large-scale operation between the event staff, the PSNI and the hundreds of volunteers who will be marshaling along the route. We have also been working hard with each of the local authorities the route passes to make the public aware of such closures and the potential disturbance this may cause. The management of the logistics has been worked on extensively to allow the competitors to enjoy a closed road experience.
The effect of road closures on the public who live on the route along with places of worship and businesses will mean that they will have limited access during the times the closures will be enforced, for this reason we have developed different timings to which zones on the route will be closed and open. If you fall outside of these times within a certain zone you will be on an open road where you MUST ride as per rule of law when cycling. You will be made aware of road openings by the event support vehicles that will indicate you are now outside of a closed road bubble.
For those riders who fall outside of the closed road times you will continue to be supported by event support vehicles, medical support and PSNI assistance. We ask you to be aware of the road timings and locations in which they will be open and closed.
Please use the following guide for each route:
Mourne Route Close km Open km
Start Titanic Belfast to Moneyreagh 07:00 0 08:30 12
Moneyreagh to Dree Hill 07:15 12 08:45 41
Dree Hill to Leitrim 08:00 41 10:00 51
Leitrim to Hilltown 08:30 51 11:00 70
Hilltown to Spelga Dam 08:45 70 11:45 94
Spelga Dam to Castlewellan 09:45 94 12:30 114
Castlewellan to Dree Hill 10:00 114 13:45 132
Dree Hill to Moneyreagh 10:45 132 15:15 162
Moneyreagh to Finish Titanic Belfast 09:30 162 16:00 174
Strangford Route Close Km Open Km
Start Titanic Belfast to Moneyreagh 07:00 0 9:00 12
Moneyreagh to Balloo Cross roads 08:00 12 9:30 25
Balloo Cross roads to Comber Bypass 08:15 25 10:30 40
Comber By pass A21/A22 to Moneyreagh 08:45 40 11:00 47
Moneyreagh to Finish Titanic Belfast 09:30 47 16:00 59
We will also be using traffic management in specific locations along the two routes where cones will be used to place the cycle route into one lane, which will be fully closed to cyclists. There will be traffic managed via demarcation on opposite lanes at certain times on the route.
These are located at:
At these points you will be put into lanes that are clearly delineated by traffic management and signage.
We ask that you make yourself aware of the above details and we are prioritizing a safe and enjoyable event for all the participants. Please take care on the day and we look forward to a fantastic event.
Mourne Route Cut Off
The Mourne will have a timed cut off point where riders who fail to make it to the required junction at the set time will be required to take open public roads to rejoin the route again and continue along the closed roads to the finish at Titanic Belfast.
We strongly emphasize that this section is on open public roads where we ask all participants to obey the normal rules of the road during the 10.5km section before joining the Gran Fondo route.
We would like to remind all participants of the impact road closures have on local communities, places of worships and business that are affected by the route. With the generous support given to the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland by the wider public we are grateful to be able to host such an event on closed roads. We must also be aware that road closures are not open ended, with the support of local agencies and authorities we must do all we can to reduce the impact on local residents so to enable us to host such events in the future.
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