British Cycling’s lead physiotherapist, Phil Burt, recently met up former Irish pro cyclist David McCann and sportive organiser Beverley Pierson at Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store in Belfast to show his support for the 2013 Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive which will take place on Saturday 7 September.
Phil, who is also the Consultant Physiotherapist for the Tour de France winning Sky Pro Cycling Team, was over visiting Chain Reaction’s Flagship Store in Belfast to give a talk on the philosophies behind British Cycling’s sustained success in 2012.
Unsurprisingly, Phil highlighted the positive impact of the Olympics and how its legacy has led to the dramatic rise in cycling participation across the UK. However he also attributed this increase to the ever growing number of high quality mass participation events and their ability to really grab people’s attention with stunning routes and great social interaction as well as the all important challenges to train towards.
Phil explained: “Sportives are such a great way to introduce people into road cycling. I’ve known a lot of riders in my professional career and racing in some format, be it sportive or time trailing, this is how most of them started out. “There is no better way to get into cycling and when listening to plans for this year’s Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive it sure sounds like 2013’s event is going to be another successful year for them and definitely one not to miss.”
Phil’s talk coincided with the much anticipated launch of the 2013 date and opening of online entries for the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive in association with Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store Belfast which takes place on Saturday 7 Septembe. There are again three fantastic routes on offer along the iconic Giant’s Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland (35miles/80miles/115 miles) with this much loved event expected to attract approximately 1400 cyclists from all across the UK and Ireland.
The first 250 people to enter the event before April 28th will be able to avail of the early bird package from the events main sponsor, Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store in Belfast, entitling you to a FREE High5 Race Faster Nutrition Pack worth £12.99 and 10% off in store.
Event organiser, Beverley Pierson from Outdoor Recreation NI, explains where she thinks the success lies. “The Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive not only provides a great opportunity for people to cycle along one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Europe but has been created with every level of cyclist in mind. Our shortest route is an excellent way for beginners to dip their toe into the sportive scene whereas the two longer routes are ideal for the more serious cyclists with testing hills of up to 20% gradients.”
The shortest route on offer is a 35 mile ‘Causeway Coaster’ and takes in Bushmills Distillery (Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery), Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most popular 80 mile route traverses the magical Glens of Antrim before following the Antrim Coast Road with the option of taking on or bypassing the gruelling Torr Head Road. The longest route (115 miles) incorporates both of these shorter distances and provides the ultimate cycling challenge which is widely regarded as one of the toughest sportive routes in Ireland.
This year’s Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive is being supported by two of UK’s best selling cycling magazines, Cycling Weekly and Cycling Active and has teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care and Action Medical Research to encourage participants to fundraise as an extra motivator for those tough hill climbs.
Visit the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive event website to see how you can secure your place on the 2013 event as well as to check out the three routes on offer, detailed route descriptions, maps and indeed advice from cycle training experts Forme Coaching - www.giantscausewaycoastsportive.com.