Cyclist jumps the gun for Giro race

Cyclist Joff Summerfield, who circumnavigated the globe on a penny farthing, finishes his most grueling challenge yet at Belfast City Hall as he sets the pro riders a time to beat when he rides the Giro d'Italia time trial route on his penny farthing

Cyclist Joff Summerfield, who circumnavigated the globe on a penny farthing, finishes his most grueling challenge yet at Belfast City Hall as he sets the pro riders a time to beat when he rides the Giro d'Italia time trial route on his penny farthing

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Some of the world’s top cyclists are gearing up in Northern Ireland for the start of one of the sport’s most prestigious races - but one adventurous pedaller has already crossed the finish line.

As the region prepares to host the first stages of the Giro d’Italia, Londoner Joff Summerfield today jumped the starter’s gun and completed the time trial course in Belfast on his home-made penny farthing.

The 46-year-old drew curious glances from morning commuters as he weaved in and out of the traffic in a city that has already turned pink - the colour synonymous with the Giro - ahead of tonight’s opening ceremony.

 

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