Just five days left to the start of something I thought I would never see in my lifetime, a Grand Tour starting in Belfast. I will be heading back home to watch this probably once in a lifetime event. I think Belfast is going to surprise a lot of people. It is a great city on the rebound from all of the bad headlines of the last 40 years. There is great food and maybe more important great coffee. For anyone in the cycling “Veloratti”, teams and visiting fans here is a quick guide to a few places to get a good coffee and other places worth checking out when you are in town. If anyone is visiting the stages and want to meet up drop us a note on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org and come have a pint.
5A Coffee Shop
Not for off the TTT coarse. Get a Cortado will you wait for Orica to burn up the road
Just a short walk in from the Ormeau Road section of the TTT small but great coffee
Our personal favorite tucked away in the Cathedral Quarter
Some of the best food in town. We will be there on Friday night if you are around and and grab a drink with us and talk GIRO fantasy team strategy.
The Duke Of York
If the weather is nice we will be drinking outside this famous old pub. Good Guinness.
What trip to a foreign city would be complete without a visit to the local bike shop. Just incase you aren’t getting your carbon and tech fix hanging out at the team buses here are a few local establishments where you can pick up a nice local jersey to wear on your club runs back home.
Velo Café Magasin
They carry the best brands in the sport and have a nice jersey too.
Dave Kane Cycles
This was the go to shop when I was growing up and racing in Northern Ireland, and they have a nice Santini jersey.
Fellow Bicycle Company
For the vintage single speed fans Fellow is a must. Beautiful builds and they will regale you with stories of their recent Belfast to Paris ride.