Gran Fondo: organisers commit to route changes to avoid traffic woes

Get set for some fierce cycling action at the UCI Grand Fondo World Championships this weekend.
Get set for some fierce cycling action at the UCI Grand Fondo World Championships this weekend.

ROADS will close on Father’s Day morning for a major cycle race from Elizabeth Quay across the city through the eastern suburbs to Kalamunda.

Organisers of the Grand Fondo world championships said the closures would ensure the safety of about 1500 competitors and spectators.

“The course will be controlled by WA Police and Traffic Management,” says the CIC Events Management website.

“Recommended alternate routes will be identified and there are managed crossing points and designated routes for local residents in areas throughout the course.”

A flyer delivered to nearby residents warns of delays, lists road closures in the vicinity and recommends other routes.

Signposts at the side of roads affected by the cycle race appeared several weeks ago.

The race route changed after the event trials in March caused traffic chaos and left some residents unable to leave their properties.

Spectators are encouraged to watch the event and support local riders compete along with national and international cyclists.

The race started with a time trial at Rottnest Island on Thursday before a mainland team relay on Friday and the Sunday final uphill to Kalamunda.

Female riders and men aged 55 years and over will compete over 105.8km, with men under-55 to pedal 154.5km to finish in the same location.

Local councils in support of the race will hold community events.

For details of road closures, visit granfondoworldchampsperth.com.au.