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Belfast Bike Retailer Celebrates Pinarello Deal With Tour De France Winning Bike In Store

Belfast cycle retailer and family business McConvey Cycles is celebrating today (Aug 2) as they confirm an international deal with high-quality Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello.

The business, owned by Eamon McConvey, is one of only two retailers in Ireland and the only one in Belfast and Co Antrim to stock the products.

Today (Aug 2) they are celebrating by putting on show in store the actual bike Tour de France 2019 winner, Egan Bernal, rode this summer in the final stage of the race.

The business is inviting the public to visit the store and see the bike, a Pinarello F12 Dogma, which will be on display there for one day only.

Eamon said: “From 10am to 6pm today (Aug 2) cycling fans and enthusiasts will be able to see the actual bike on which Egan Bernal crossed the finishing line in Paris and made cycling history.

“It’s the bike on which he became the youngest person in 110 years to win the Tour de France.”

Bikes made by high profiled brand Pinarello have helped multiple winners ride to victory in the prestigious cycle race. The brand Pinarello made F12 Dogma specially for the Tour de France 2019 winner. It is one of two F12 Dogma bikes that were painted in Italy on Saturday evening, signed by Fausto Pinarello and delivered to the team hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning by the boss himself. Both bikes were used in the final stage of the Tour de France. One was for Egan Bernal to keep and the other was for Pinarello to keep.

McConvey Cycles will be selling the full range of road, gravel and e-bikes. The store is also the only retailer in Greater Belfast to stock the brand.

The business, which opened in 1986 and has been trading for 33 years, specialises in providing high-quality bicycles and is a Retül bike fitting centre with fully qualified mechanics.

Speaking about the growth of McConvey Cycles in the last few years, Eamon McConvey said: “Business is growing from strength to strength in a growing cycle market where people want expertise and great service.”

Pinarello aren’t the only high profile bicycle brand that McConvey Cycles will now be stocking. The shop also sells bikes by the high-quality brands Specialized, Giant, Liv, S-Works and Brompton.

Anyone wishing to see the bike on which Bernal made history or to browse any of the other bicycles in the shop will find the business at 183 Ormeau Road, Belfast.

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City Hall Going Dark to Mark 80th Anniversary of the Blitz

City Hall will go dark this Thursday evening to mark the 80th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz.

Homes across Belfast will be able to see two searchlights in the night sky, being beamed from the grounds of City Hall around 9pm.

Belfast Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey said it was appropriate for the city to pause and reflect on what is a significant anniversary.

“The Belfast Blitz in 1941 was a major event in the city’s history. It had a devastating impact, not only in terms of the tragic loss of life, but also leaving thousands of people without a home,” said Alderman McCoubrey.

“Some of our older generation will still have vivid memories of the Blitz; stories of bravery, hardship and survival. It’s important that we continue to remember this part of our city’s history and educate our younger generations, to help them understand the impact the Second World War had on Belfast and its people.”

World-famous Shipyards

Belfast’s world-famous shipyards that were contributing to Britain’s war efforts, made it a legitimate target for the Luftwaffe. The Belfast Blitz was the worst wartime raid outside of London, in the UK.

In total, around 1,000 people lost their lives when German bombers shelled the city over a number of nights in April and May, 1941. The devastation was so great that it also left 100,000 people homeless.

Alderman McCoubrey added: “The east wing of City Hall was extensively damaged, with The Great Hall bearing the brunt of the damage. The Lord Mayor at that time had the foresight to request the removal of the stained glass windows and they were stored in the basement of Mount Panther House in Co Down. Remarkably the ones in The Great Hall today are the original windows.”

A piece of shrapnel, believed to have come from the incendiary device that struck City Hall, is on display at the building as part of its visitor exhibition. The iron spike was found in the central courtyard of the building on the morning following the bombing.

The Lord Mayor will also lay wreaths at City Cemetery and Milltown Cemetery earlier in the day on Thursday 15 April at short ceremonies organised by the NI War Museum, in line with current Covid19 restrictions.

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100 Mile Challenge to Celebrate NI Centenary

“The Centenary 100 Challenge is a great opportunity to improve your physical and mental wellbeing while exploring some of the beautiful historic sites across Belfast. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the centenary of NI and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Frank McCoubrey has launched a campaign to get the public running, walking or cycling 100 miles to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.

Joined at City Hall by community groups from across Belfast, the first citizen is calling on everyone to get involved in the centenary 100 mile challenge as it coincides with the wider Decade of Centenaries celebrations and commemorative events.

Alderman McCoubrey said; “The target of 100 miles would be a great achievement for many and an opportunity to get out and explore our city. Whether people take to our parks, greenways or city centre streets, there is so much to see in Belfast. Perhaps you could take in some of the locations associated with the centenary of Northern Ireland, for example a walk between the first two homes of the Northern Ireland Parliament at Belfast City Hall and Union Theological College; or perhaps a walk around the grounds of Stormont itself.”

Improve Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Brian Armstrong, from South Belfast Alternatives, one of the groups getting involved in the initiative, believes it is a great way for people to keep fit and healthy while taking in the historical sites from Belfast’s past.

He said; “The Centenary 100 Challenge is a great opportunity to improve your physical and mental wellbeing while exploring some of the beautiful historic sites across Belfast. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the centenary of NI and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

Groups and individual participants taking part can share their progress, any route tips or pictures from their walks, runs or cycles here.

All participants are encouraged to adhere to current public health guidance in relation to social gathering and social distancing.

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