Gran Fondo cycling race under way

Pictured is The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it takes off from the Titanic Building and passes through the streets and roads of Northern Irealnd on June 05 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it takes off from the Titanic Building and passes through the streets and roads of Northern Irealnd on June 05 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

A number of road closures are in place in Belfast and Co Down as the Gran Fondo cycling race takes place.

The event, a legacy of the Giro D’Italia race, started in Belfast at 7am.

Pictured is The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it takes off from the Titanic Building and passes through the streets and roads of Northern Irealnd on June 05 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Pictured is The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia as it takes off from the Titanic Building and passes through the streets and roads of Northern Irealnd on June 05 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

It splits into two separate routes - the main one through the Mourne mountains and the other towards Strangford Lough.

Police have said motorists and other travellers can expect some disruption.