Cycle Route and Road Closures Confirmed For Jenson Button Trust Triathlon
Road closures for the cycle stage of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on Sunday July 17 have been confirmed. Competitors will complete a circular route from Markeaton Park, into the Cathedral Quarter and back to the park with roads along the closed road cycle route closed from 8.45am and 4.30pm.
The road affected are:
Markeaton Lane (including Markeaton Crematorium)
Kedleston Road, from the junction of Markeaton Lane to Five Lamps (both sides of the road)
Garden Street (both lanes)
A6 sliproad off St Alkmunds Way
St Mary’s Gate
During that time cars will not be able to access Kedleston Road from the A38 slip road or access the A6 from St Alkmund’s Way after 8.45am. Access into the city centre from the A6 at Palm Court island will not be affected. West Avenue and St Michael’s Lane will be two way during the duration of the event. Access to Willow Sports Centre will remain open throughout the day – via Curzon Street and then Cheapside and through the entrance to Bold Lane car park. Businesses along the route have been advised of the closures and leaflets will be posted through the doors of residents in the area ahead of the event. Access to Markeaton Crematorium will be limited due to the road closure but it will then remain open until 9pm that evening. Further enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenson Button said today: “The cycle stage of a triathlon is always the most challenging and I am delighted that we will again have the added thrill of heading out onto the streets of Derby at this summer’s event. “The fact that the cycle route is on a closed road is a unique aspect of the triathlon. “Taking this event out onto the streets really added to the excitement last year and I hope that the people of Derby will come out in force again on July 17 to cheer us all on.”
Parking for spectators is still available at Markeaton Park accessed from the A38 island but these are likely to fill up early in the morning with competitors arriving from 6am. Therefore, around 800 free parking spaces have been arranged for spectators at Kingsway Barracks in Mackworth; Park Farm shopping centre in Allestree (free on lower level only) and the University of Derby Kedleston Road campus (access to the university car park only before 8.45am and after 4pm.) Furthermore, parking is available in the city centre throughout the day at Chapel Street and Bold Lane car parks.
Trent Barton will be arranging regular buses from the bus station to Markeaton Park. However, the Allestree bus service will be diverted away from Kedleston Road onto Mansfield Road. Route updates can be found on www.trentbarton.co.uk/updates.
Action on the Day
Novice, amateur and professional triathletes alike, including F1 racing driver Jenson Button himself, will be competing in the event which is expected to draw large crowds both to Markeaton Park and along the cycle route.
Competitors will start the Triathlon with a 200m swim in Markeaton Park lake. They will then swiftly change into cycling gear and head out of the Park onto Markeaton Lane on a 10km circular route along Kedleston Road to Five Lamps and around the Cathedral Quarter. Back at the Park, they will then complete a 2.5 km run.
Individuals and three-person teams in the Smith Cooper Team Challenge will have the opportunity to race twice – once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
In the individual event, the top performers will go on to the final, 400m swim, 20km cycle (twice around the cycle stage) and 5km run, with the runners up entering the wooden spoon race.
During the JBTT lunchtime break – the ‘Be More Bailey’ family challenge will start with a 50m swim in the lake then head out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes. Entry for the ‘Be More Bailey’ family challenge is free to enter and available to children aged eight who compete alongside an adult.
Spectators are invited to join in the fun. As well as the opportunity to watch the competitors in action, a wide range of family activities will also be held at the event village set up in Markeaton Park.
The day will culminate in medal presentations by Jenson Button and a post-race party for participants with live music and locally-produced food and drink.
Dean Jackson, Head of Derby-based HUUB Events who are staging the event on behalf of the Jenson Button Trust concluded: “We have had a lot of cooperation from businesses on the route and we have posted leaflets and letters through the doors of residential properties who we think may be affected. “I am sure that people will agree that this prestigious event is great for Derby. Although I appreciate that it may cause inconvenience for some, I hope that everyone will join in the spectacle on the cycle route itself and come to Markeaton Park to enjoy this very special sporting spectacular.”
Funds raised by the main Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will again support Cancer Research UK.
Registrations for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon and the Be More Bailey Challenge will close on July 10.
To enter and for more information, please visit www.jensonbuttontri.com and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri