Natwest Island Games XVI - Jersey Island Games - a time to shine

Residents given warning of road closures

Around 13,000 households and businesses in seven parishes will receive letters over the next few days notifying them of temporary road closures for the cycling and triathlon events during the NatWest Island Games.

Around 2,000 households and businesses in Grouville and St Martin, and 11,000 residents in St Brelade, St Peter, St Lawrence, St Mary and St Ouen, will receive letters over the next few days notifying them of the road closures, for a few hours, during the events.

The letters - which Jersey Post start to deliver today (Wednesday 27 May) - outline the routes and times, and the expected road closures, with the aim of minimising any disruption to people living and working around the courses.

Games Director Steve Bailey said: “The routes and timings of the events have been carefully planned to ensure that residents and road users are taken into consideration, while allowing cyclists to compete safely. We hope that, with the great action on their doorstep, people will see this as the perfect opportunity to support the cyclists and teams and enjoy some great racing.”

Every effort has been taken to put diversions in place and, where possible, roads to be re-opened in-between races allowing access to the public. However, motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid any possible travel disruption and delays.

Cycling time trial and triathlon: Sunday 28 June

Both the triathlon and cycling time trial take place on Sunday 28 June, and the support of both the Honorary Police and States of Jersey Police mean that roads will remain open, with only restricted access around the start and finish line at Red Houses. They will be in place from around 9am for the women’s race, and again at 11am for the men’s event. 

The west coast will be the stage for the intense and fast-paced time trial, which will test athletes through a demanding 35.1 km circuit that starts and finishes at Red Houses. The route will take cyclists on a loop that passes iconic features such as Corbiere Lighthouse and St Ouen’s Bay:

  • Red Houses – La Moye
  • La Moye – Corbiere Lighthouse
  • Corbiere Lighthouse – La Moye Garage
  • La Moye Garage – La Pulente                             
  • La Pulente  - Five Mile Road
  • Five Mile Road – Hydrangea Avenue
  • Hydrangea Avenue – L’Etacq
  • L’ Etacq – Six Boules
  • Six Boules – Hydrangea Avenue
  • Hydrangea Avenue – St Ouen’s Bay
  • St Ouen’s Bay- La Moye Garage
  • La Moye Garage – Red Houses

Cycling road race: Tuesday 30 June

The eastern countryside will be the scene for a challenging road race on Tuesday 30 June, with the women’s event running from 9am to 12.30pm, when roads will be re-opened until the whole course will again close for the men's event from 5.30pm to 8pm.

Starting and ending on Gorey Common, the race will be a series of 10km laps of a 150km route. The course winds it way through Gorey Harbour beneath Mont Orgueil Castle before racing up through Green Lanes to La Hougue Bie and Queen's Valley:

  • Gorey Common – Gorey Harbour
  • Gorey Harbour – Anne Port
  • Anne Port – St Catherine’s (Life Boat Station)
  • St Catherine’s – Grande Route de Faldouet
  • Grande Route de Faldouet – La Hougue Bie
  • La Hougue Bie – Queen’s Valley
  • Queen’s Valley – B46 to Grouville
  • B46 to Grouville – A3 La Rue a Don
  • A3 La Rue a Don – Gorey Common

Steve Lowthorpe, President of the Jersey Cycling Association said: "Both the time trial and road race are lining up to be spectacular events that will include some of the sport's top athletes. Spectators who are planning to watch these events will be treated to first-class cycling."

All three events will be free for spectators to watch, giving everyone the chance to experience and be part of the excitement and atmosphere of the NatWest Island Games.

NOTES TO EDITOR:

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Almost 13,000 letters are being delivered from today (Wednesday 27 May) to every resident and business that may be affected by road closures for the events.

A combined total of 169 riders from across 17 islands will compete at high-speeds through courses set among the scenic coasts of Jersey for the time trial and road race.

The road cycling routes for this year’s NatWest Island Games have been both been used previously for competitive racing. The road race course was used for the Tour de Bretagne in 2010, while the time trial follows the same circuit used for the Island Games back in 1997.