ROAD closures, start times and tips for spectators have been released as Warwick gears up to host the Commonwealth Games 2022 Road Races this weekend.
The men’s and women’s cycling road races will be whizzing through the town’s historic streets on Sunday (August 7) and council chiefs have released advice for those coming along to watch.
The women’s road race starts at 8am, while the men’s race starts begins at 12.30pm and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is urging residents to get there early to get a good spot on the route.
Aside from the start and finish area on Myton Road, spectators can watch from any point along the course, inside or outside the town centre. WCC encourages people to view the route map ahead of the day.
The weather is forecast to be warm and sunny so spectators should make sure they carry water and wear sunhats and suncream to protect themselves from the sun.
There will be several road closures in Warwick on the day of the race. During the road closure period residents and businesses will not have access to those roads until the closures have been removed.
Pedestrian access will be maintained with marshalled pedestrian crossing points located along the course.
For the full list of road closures in Warwick visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/birmingham-commonwealth-games-2022/road-closures-1
Residents who live on the route should check where they can park for the duration of the race. WCC recommend residents park on streets off the course or in designated car parks from the day before the race.
Any vehicles parked on the course will be towed. This is to ensure safety of athletes, officials, and the public.
While Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is installing free and secure cycle parking facilities around the town for any cyclists inspired to ride their bikes down to watch the event.
These cycle parks are located St Nicholas Park (Emscote Road entrance), St John’s House Museum, Warwick Westgate Car Park and Warwick Hampton Road Car Park.
To find out more about secure cycle parking in Warwick visit https://www.tfwm.org.uk/plan-your-journey/discover-the-west-midlands/birmingham-2022-commonwealth-games/summer-of-cycling/cycling-parking-during-the-games/
Coun Heather Timms, WCC’s spokesperson for environment, climate and culture, said: “The countdown to the road races in Warwick is here and it is wonderful to be welcoming the world to our county for a day of top-class sporting entertainment.
“I hope our residents will take the opportunity to be part of the Commonwealth Games in Warwickshire, by turning out to spectate the road races on August 7, or by visiting one of our festival sites, where there’s sure to be a fantastic atmosphere.”
WCC spokesperson for transport and planning, Coun Wallace Redford, added: “Sunday promises to be a spectacular day of road cycle racing through the historic streets of Warwick in front of an audience of many thousands of spectators.
“In keeping with the spirit and aspirations of these games, I hope to see many of our visitors over the weekend choosing to ditch the cars and use active travel alternatives such as walking or cycling as together we strive for a Warwickshire that is sustainable now and for future generations.
“I’d encourage everyone to plan their journeys into Warwick accordingly and make sure they know where to park, where to spectate and to also familiarise themselves with the road closures, all of which are necessary to make this once in a lifetime event a reality.”