Ironman route changes to enhance spectator experience

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Changes to the bicycle route of the 2019 Ironman Cairns event have been changed to enhance the spectator experience, organisers have said.

The changes that leave Macrossan Street and most of Port Douglas Road out of the route were announced yesterday.

Ironman Cairns media spokesperson Noel McMahon said the changes are about spectator experience and lessening the impact on the community. 


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“The enhancements to the Ironman bike course were made to improve the athlete and spectator experience while reducing the impact to the local community,” he said.

“By moving the location of the bike turnaround it is now more accessible to spectators at both the northern end of the course in Port Douglas and the southern end in Palm Cove.

“The northern turnaround, at the intersection of Port Douglas Road and Old Port Road, will be activated as a LIVE site with a big screen, an outside broadcast, a sports commentator and music.” 

Mr McMahon also said the changes have been well received by athletes taking part in their year’s event.

Yesterday, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree Executive Officer, Tara Bennett, said the changes would alleviate some of the issues businesses faced last year due to the road closures.

Mr McMahon said there was no pressure received from community or stakeholders to make the changes to bicycle route. 


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