July 20, 2015 (Milton, ON) – On Wednesday, July 22, at 11:05 am, the streets of Milton will come alive as the Pan Am road cycling time trials roll into town. This free, non-ticketed event will give spectators a chance to catch a glimpse of elite, international road cyclists as they race against the clock and attempt to make the best time.
The Milton Time Trial course (MRT) will be approximately 20 kilometres long and will run from Louis St. Laurent Avenue to Bronte Street/First Line, then to Lower Base Line West and Fourth Line, and back to Louis St. Laurent Avenue for the finish. During the competition, women will complete one lap of the 20-kilometre course and men will complete two laps, for a total distance of 40 kilometres.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend the event to cheer on the competing athletes. Limited bleacher seating will be located at Bristol District Park (920 Kennedy Circle), and will give spectators an excellent view of the athletes rounding Fourth Line for the finishing straight. Residents and visitors should plan to arrive early to claim a seat; the first 100 spectators will also receive a free cowbell. Parking at Bristol Park will be limited, so spectators are encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transit to the event.
Spectators can also catch the action from the overpass between Savoline Boulevard and Bronte Street as the athletes below reach top speed before crossing the finish line. Red and white chalk will be available at each of these viewing points; spectators are welcome to create encouraging messages and illustrations to inspire the competing cyclists. To ensure that the artwork is ready before the race begins, all chalk drawings should be complete by 10:00 a.m.
The local roads that make up the route will be closed from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on July 21 to allow the athletes to train on the course. On July 22, the course will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 8:00 am, spectators and cyclists can access the interior of the course by biking or walking safely along the side of the road. Milton Transit buses will also be on detour for some routes on July 21 and 22. A full list and schedule of Milton Transit changes and road closures is available here.
For additional information about the time trials and a detailed route map, visit here.
For details about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, visit here.
Map here: Pan Am Road Cycling (Milton Time Trial Course – MRT)