Exclusive Castelli Team jersey for every rider who signs up before midnight tomorrow

Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland returns for its second year on 5 June with Castelli providing an exclusive Team jersey – worth £70 – for every athlete who signs up before midnight tomorrow, 15 April.

The closed-road sportive is an official legacy event of the 2014 Giro d'Italia Big Start and gives riders the chance to take on either the Mourne Route – 173km with 2,500m of climbing through the Mourne Mountains; or the less toothy Strangford Route, which takes in 58km of beautiful scenery alongside Strangford Lough.

Castelli finery is the perfect fit for the Italophile event, which has that rare official Giro d'Italia designation. "Partnering with an iconic cycling brand such as Castelli and bringing their famous Italian cycling product into the heart of the event for our riders is another great way for us to celebrate the Giro, and Italian cycling," said Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland event organiser, Darach McQuaid.

"If you have not registered yet, don't delay, as the deadline to receive this jersey as part of your registration is midnight on April 15th. We will be announcing further partnerships in the coming days that will further enhance the rider experience at the event in June."

Castelli's global brand director, Steven Smith, is equally enthused about bringing Castelli to this most prestigious mass-participation event. "Castelli is proud to partner with the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland and bring the spirit of the Giro to the beautiful roads of Northern Ireland," he said. "To make this demanding event just a little easier, each rider will receive a Castelli Team jersey that was developed with the pros for those long hard days in the saddle.

"There's a special link this year since Stephen Roche and Gianni Bugno will be riding the event, and both wore the Castelli pink jersey when winning their edition of the Giro d'Italia. Tracing its roots back to 1876 and the Vittore Gianni tailor shop in Milan, Castelli has brought nearly every significant clothing innovation to pro cycling over the past four decades including Lycra shorts, synthetic chamois, sublimation printing, wicking jerseys, synthetic thermal wear and windproof jackets for cold weather, aero jerseys, flat leg grippers in cycling shorts, and wind cheating skin suits. You know you're getting an unfair advantage."

The event also incorporates the NI Bike Festival, which gives riders of all ages the opportunity to take part in cycling events including the Street Velodrome competition. In addition, the Trofeo Senza Fine, the Giro's legendary trophy, will be on site at the event's Giro Expo, open on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June within the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

Find out more and enter at the Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland website.