In Pictures: Giro d'Italia 2014 starts in Northern Ireland

12 May 2014 Last updated at 16:58

School Reporters brave the elements to document the ‘Big Start’ of the 2014 Giro d’Italia cycle race in Northern Ireland.
BBC Radio van and a School Reporters being interviewed
The Giro d'Italia cycle race started in Northern Ireland this year and School Reporters Shauna and Matthew from St Killian's College in Ballymena were in Cushendall to report on it. They made an early start with an appearance on BBC Radio Ulster's Your Place and Mine Programme.
BBC Radio Ulster's Anne Marie McAleese interviews the School Reporters and their teacher
The pair and their teacher were interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster's Anne Marie McAleese.
Woman and two School Reporters being interviewed in front of a red telephone box
Anne Marie asked the students what they liked about taking part in School Report and if they wanted to be journalists in the future. Matthew said: "Reporting is like being a detective, but with a camera!"
Two School Reporters and woman in pink wig on a golf course, large hill in background
Shauna and Matthew then had time to conduct a series of interviews before the race arrived. They started by chatting to the lady captain of the village's golf club.
Amateur Cyclists and School Reporter with cameraman in front of a house
Next the School Reporters found these cycling fans who had travelled all the way from Wicklow to see the start of the Giro d'Italia.
Female School Reporter in high vis vest
Shauna prepared to interview a local businessman about how the race had affected his trade.
Female School Reporter in high vis vest and cameraman interviewing local politician
Shauna also interviewed local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Oliver McMullan.
Female School Reporter checking footage on a tablet
Shauna was in a reflective mood as she checked the footage on a tablet afterwards.
Male School Reporter and cameraman
Cameraman Stuart showed Matthew how to compose a shot.
Two School Reporters under a pink umbrella
Then it was time to take a place in the crowd and await the arrival of the cyclists. Matthew and Shauna had to wait patiently in the rain for the Giro d'Italia peloton to reach the village.
Two School Reporters watch the road cycle race
Finally the peloton arrived in Cushendall.
Road cyclists compete in The Giro d'Italia in Belfast
There was a good turnout from the locals to welcome the riders but within moments they were gone and life could get back to normal.