The Gran Prix Bicycle race is a first for Cobourg and is billed as “one of the most exciting spectator events this town has ever seen.” Organizers have worked hard to ensure that all the details are covered, and risks are minimized, especially due to the road closures. The 1.2 km race course (see map below) is East on King St. to Third, South on Third to Albert, West on Albert to Bagot, North on Bagot to King and East on King to the start/finish line. Each race involves a minimum of 33 laps at high speed. Residents living on the course would be wise to move their cars south of Albert to facilitate access to the town throughout the day. Cobourg Police will have road Marshalls assisting throughout the course to ensure the safety of pedestrians, cars and cyclists.
The race participants have been instructed to park north of King Street to ensure there will be sufficient parking space for downtown store and market shoppers in the lot off Albert Street. Larger racing caravans will be parking on King between Second and Division. An additional parking lot for cyclists will also be available at the new Cycle Transition location at King Street West (the old Works Department location).
There will be a few detours for residents – for example, to get from Division to William/Ontario, you’ll need to either use University or the Esplanade, then Hibernia, Orr Street, Sydenham. No doubt there will be some complaints but it looks to be an exciting event with Bicycle races all day.
Although the Town has issued a notice about detours including that Transit will have extensive rerouting, I would hope they (or someone) warned residents on the route that their cars would (presumably) be locked in for the day.
Update: There’s more info on this Facebook page.
- Initial announcement 26 Feb 2018
- Race approved by Council 23 April 2018
- Race details with route and information for contestants