Northern Ireland cycling festival planned

Two weeks of cycling-centred activity in Northern Ireland

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There is to be a two-week cycling festival in Northern Ireland that hopes to promote cycling in the Ulster.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), with the backing of the Stormont Government, has announced the plans which they believe will provide a sizeable financial income to the country.

Figures reveal that cycling and mountain biking tourism is worth about £100m to the Northern Ireland economy.

The Tourist Board has joined forced with Outside Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) to help deliver the fortnightly festival that would include events at the multitude of mountain biking trails and road rides along the Giant’s Causeway.

Susie McCullough, a NITB official, told the Belfast Telegraph: “Our aspiration, working with key partners, is to develop a two-week cycling festival for Northern Ireland.

"From conversations that we have had with the Department for Regional Development and other key stakeholders, we know that they are keen to look at that.

"We are fairly confident that we will put in a collective bid with ORNI to host that."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.