MOTORISTS are being urged to steer well clear of Currumbin this morning, as hundreds of cyclists take over the streets for Cycling Australia’s Masters Road National Championships.
The event will double as a test run for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Road Race.
The 18.7km closed-road circuit will start and finish at Currumbin Alley, looping from the Currumbin Beachfront to Elanora and out through Currumbin Valley – the same route for next year’s big race.
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It’s the first time the championship race has been held on a closed circuit in the middle of a major city.
Many roads will be closed to traffic during the event, and changes will be made to parking and public transport throughout Currumbin, Currumbin Waters and Elanora.
Roads along the route will start closing from 3am and reopening from 6pm. Any vehicles parked along the course during this time may be towed at the owner’s expense.
All bus routes in the area will also be diverted. Route 763 and 766 services will not operate due to road closures, and most stops in Currumbin, Currumbin Waters and Elanora will be off limits.
A full list of closed and alternative bus stops can be found here.
Residents who live inside the precinct will be given just a small 30-minute window of opportunity to leave their homes by car between 1pm and 1:30pm.
They’ll be able to exit only via Galleon Way, Murtha Drive and Currumbin Creek Road.
Boat ramps at Currumbin Alley, Winders Park, Thrower Drive, Galleon Way, Currumbin Creek Road and the Currumbin RSL Club will also be closed.
Organisers have stressed, however, that bicycle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
Competitors and spectators can park their cars at Palm Beach-Currumbin High School and catch a bus to Currumbin Beach. See the diagram below.
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