On the Sunday of the second weekend of May, Dublin played host to the worlds second most famous cycling race, the Giro D'Italia. The city turned pink for the weekend to watch the peloton rock through the streets of Ireland's capital. Tens of thousands came out to watch the cyclists compete for the Pink jersey, which was won Marcel Kittle just outside Government buildings on his birthday! While just across the road in Merrion Square The Irish Cycling Show was already in full swing.

Friday evening saw teams from both The Bike Institute & FunkedUp arrive to set up the stall. This process should not have taken as long as it did, but we decided to bring some beers. Eventually, and after some heated debates, the stall was ready and we retired for the evening (to the pub).Cycle show set up for blog

Come Saturday morning we regrouped (some feeling better than others) and put in the final preparations before the public were allowed in at 10am. This involved three coffee runs and ensuring we had some music blasting - much to the dismay of our neighbors.

An Post mascots competing An Post Ras going head to head on the racers

When the early risers started to stroll in there was already a keen interest in the stall partially thanks to our design skills, but really because of The Bike Institutes Time Trial Racers.

The Racers pit two competitors against each other in a 400 meter sprint which is monitored on a TV. They proved to be the hit of the weekend at the Cycle Show and even earned the 2 companies a spot on the Sunday News on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE.

Typically Irish, the weather turned on Saturday afternoon but this did not stop the enthusiasts streaming through the gates. The day concluded with some more beers in the stall.

Sunday morning was wThe busiest stall of the weekendet again. But this was the big day as the Giro was already speeding towards Dublin. By noon, you could sense the excitement in the air, as cycling fans, clubs, industry reps all descended on the show and later to watch the race conclude its Irish leg. The Sun started to shine come the afternoon in time for the race to arrive. And the competition on The Racers was heating up with records being smashed throughout the day. John Lynch had the the weekends leading time of 14.8 seconds which was only broken an hour before the Cycle Show finished by Jason from Dublin Bus who ended up with a staggering 14.565.

Jason from Dublin Bus with his record breaking time

All in all, the weekend was a lot of fun and it was great to meet with everyone. Although we ended up missing most of the Giro.