The internationally renowned IRONMAN triathlon is coming to Dorset on Sunday 11 September. Based in Weymouth it also includes a 112-mile cycle ride through west Dorset.
To ensure the safety of the 2,700 competitors and road users, Dorset County Council will put a number of road closures and diversions in place between 7am and 6pm on race day.
Preston Beach Road in Weymouth will be closed in both directions for the duration of the race, while roads on and around the bike course will be affected at various times. Full details of road closures and advice for road users can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/ironman2016
For the cycling element of the race, the athletes will leave Lodmoor Country Park heading towards Crossways. They will then pass through Affpuddle and Puddletown on their way to Piddlehinton.
The route then continues towards Middlemarsh on the top Sherborne Road before turning south down the A352 to Minterne Magna, Cerne Abbas and Charlton Down. The cyclists then skirt along the north of Dorchester to the Piddle Valley Road before entering Dorchester on the eastern side on their way towards Broadmayne. They turn south towards Whitcombe Stables and continue down the Coombe Valley Road on their way back to Lodmoor. The full-length triathletes will then do a further lap.
Cllr Peter Finney, the county council’s Cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and highways, said:
“This is a great boost for Dorset to attract such a prestigious sporting event. By hosting IRONMAN, we can help highlight the benefits of visiting the area and bring a welcome boost to Dorset’s economy, with competitors and their supporters staying in the county not only during race week, but throughout the year as they familiarise themselves with the course.”
Weymouth household recycling centre (HRC) will be closed on 11 September due to the closure of Preston Beach Road. The nearest available HRCs are Portland and Dorchester.
IRONMAN previously ran a successful annual event in Sherborne beteen 2003 and 2008 and returns to Dorset as IRONMAN Weymouth, which follows the Challenge Triathlon series that previously ran a similar event from Weymouth at this time of the year.