North West 200

Weather will have a huge impact on the speed and strategy of motorbike riders ©Julio Embun/

Northern Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event, the North West 200 is an annual motorbike race meeting.

Held annually in May, the street circuit runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine, along a series of public roads commonly referred to as 'the Triangle'. This route gives both riders and spectators the chance to enjoy an area of outstanding natural beauty and the world famous Giant's Causeway.

It is also one of the fastest races in the world, with speeds in excess of 200 mph as riders complete the 9 mile road circuit.

The meeting takes place over the course of a week and attracts over 150,000 people who come to watch the motorbikes go round one of the fastest street circuits in the world.

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10-16 May - Will the sun be shining in Northern Ireland as riders take to the streets to compete in the 85th North West 200? Check the weather forecast to find out.

Alongside the races the NW200 Race Week festival provides plenty of other entertainment.

For example;

  • A chance to cycle the North West 200 circuit
  • Veteran, vintage and classic bike and car display
  • Miss North West 200 Contest
  • Meet the Riders in Coleraine town centre
  • Fireworks display

For more information check the official North West 200 website. 

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