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 this year celebrates it's 85th year.

Held annually in May, the 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.

Tuesday and Thursday will see riders take to the course for a chance to practice. Three races will then be held on Thursday night, before the main racing programme takes place on Saturday with 5 races between 10.30 -19.00

For more information check the official North West 200 website.

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10-17 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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