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Road Events course descriptions

Road Events course descriptions listed below are detailed course descriptions of the maps of all the Road Events to be held in and around Melbourne during the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

St Kilda Foreshore

Triathlon

Swim

The course starts about a third of the way along the St Kilda Pier, where swimmers enter the water for a 1.5km swim around a series of buoys in a quadrangle shape and then swim directly to the beach.

Crossing Pier Road into Catani Gardens, the athletes transition to their bikes.

Cycle

They leave the transition zone heading toward Port Melbourne on Beaconsfield Parade, passing the intersections of Cowderoy, Fraser and Langridge Street.

Once the athletes arrive at the intersection of Beaconsfield Parade and McGregor Street, they complete a U turn heading back toward the transition zone, passing the same streets on the south bound side of Beaconsfield Parade.

The athletes pass Mary Street and the intersection of Acland and Beaconsfield Parade.

Following Beaconsfield Parade around, they pass the Fitzroy Street intersection where Beaconsfield Parade becomes Jacka Boulevard.

Heading toward Elwood, the athletes continue along Jacka Boulevard until the intersection of Cavell Street, they turn left into Cavell Street.

Riding up Cavell Street to where it intersects with The Esplanade, they turn left into The Esplanade and head in a northerly direction to the intersection of Fitzroy Street and The Esplanade.

Following the road around to the right, they head up Fitzroy Street to the intersection of Canterbury Road, Grey and Fitzroy Streets.

The athletes turn right at this intersection into Grey Street. Once in Grey Street, they ride down Grey Street toward Barkly Street until the bike turn around point just before Clyde Street.

Once the athletes have completed the turn around, they will head back to the transition zone to complete one lap of the course. There are five 8km laps of the cycle course which make up the 40kms. On the fifth lap the athletes will enter the transition zone at the southern (Elwood) end to rack their bikes before starting the run leg of the triathlon.

Run

The athletes leave the transition zone, heading toward Port Melbourne on Beaconsfield Parade.

At the intersection of Cowderoy Street, the athletes will cross to the south bound side of Beaconsfield Parade using the Port Melbourne side of the crossover and head in a southerly direction toward the Fitzroy Street and Beaconsfield Parade intersection.

They will then pass the Fitzroy Street intersection where Beaconsfield Parade becomes Jacka Boulevard.

Heading toward Elwood, they continue along Jacka Boulevard until the intersection of Cavell Street. Here they do a left turn into Cavell Street, running up to the intersection of The Esplanade.

The athletes turn left into The Esplanade and head in a Northerly direction to the intersection of Fitzroy Street and The Esplanade. They then follow the road around to the right, heading up Fitzroy Street to the intersection of Park Street and Fitzroy Street.

Just past the intersection, at the next tram stop, is where the turn around point is located. Upon reaching this point, the athletes will turn around and head back over the same course.

The run consists of two laps of 5kms that make up the designated 10km run course.

After completing the second lap the athletes will enter the Elwood end of the transition zone to finish the event.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Cycling Road Race

The start and finish line is adjacent to the Shrine on Birdwood Avenue.

Athletes will head north on Birdwood Avenue, straight around the Government House roundabout into Linlithgow Avenue.

Linlithgow Avenue curves to the right before making a hard left into Alexandra Avenue.

Alexandra Avenue becomes City Road. Continuing along City Road, under Princess Bridge, the athletes will make a 180 degree turn West of Southgate Avenue

They will head back along Alexandra Avenue under Princess Bridge until Boathouse Drive where they will make a left.

Continuing along the riverfront, the athletes will veer left behind the Boatsheds. Around the boatsheds and back to the rivers edge, the athletes then head east on Boathouse Drive.

They will continue along Boathouse Drive until Alexandra Avenue where they will veer left onto Alexandra Avenue and follow along past Swan Street Bridge until a U-turn on Alexandra Avenue just before Chapel Street.

The course then heads in the opposite direction along Alexandra Avenue until turning left into Darling Street.

Up the Darling Street hill, the athletes will make a right into Domain Road before another right into Caroline Street.

Downhill on Caroline Street, they will make a left turn into Alexandra Avenue before another left turn into Dobson Street.

The course turns left onto Punt Road, continuing uphill until a left turn onto Domain Road.

They will make a right turn into Caroline Street, before another right into Shipley Street. This will take them right onto Punt Road, heading back towards the Swan Street Bridge.

Making a left onto Alexandra Avenue, the athletes will head back towards the city.

They will make a left at Walsh Street before making a right into Clowes Street and then a left into Anderson Street.

At the Domain Road roundabout, they will make a right turn, followed by another right turn into Birdwood Avenue before reaching the finish line.

Elevations

The course begins at Birdwood Avenue, which is 25 metres above sea level (masl).

A steady decline over the next 1.5kms to approximately 5masl follows. For the next 5kms the course remains fairly flat between 5masl and 8masl before dipping down to 2masl at around the 6km mark.

Over the next 500 metres, the course climbs to 10masl and drops again to 2masl.

Just after 6.5km into the course, there is a climb to 30masl at Domain Road, then back to 10masl at Alexandra Ave.

The course climbs again at Punt Road to 30masl and to 38masl at Domain Road before declining to 36masl at Caroline Street.

Just after Shipley Street, the course climbs up to 38masl before another decline to 10masl at the bottom of Punt Road.

It climbs steadily again to 30masl at Anderson Street with another decline to 10masl before the course returns to 25masl at the Birdwood start/finish line.

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St Kilda Foreshore and Beach Road

Cycling Time Trial

The start of the Cycling Time Trial event is on the east side of Beaconsfield Parade, just north of the Mary Street intersection. Competitors head south on Beaconsfield Parade, past Catani Gardens (on the opposite side), on to Jacka Boulevard.

Jacka Boulevard becomes Marine Parade (1km mark), which becomes Ormond Esplanade (3km mark). The course turns right into St Kilda Street just after the 4km mark which becomes The Esplanade.

From just after the 8km mark near South Road, The Esplanade becomes Beach Road. The course continues south along Beach Road to the 14.5 km mark at the roundabout located at Beach Road, Bluff Road and Balcombe Road.

For the Women’s Event, this is the turnaround point. Competitors use the roundabout to turn back and travel north along the exact course, completing the Time Trial near the north end of Catani Gardens, on the west side of Beaconsfield Parade, directly opposite the start line.

The Men’s event continues on past the roundabout at Beach Road, Bluff Road and Balcombe Road for another 5.5kms, turning around at the 20km mark that is located just south of Naples Street, Mentone.

Competitors turn back and travel north along the exact same course, completing the Time Trial near the north end of Catani Gardens, on the west side of Beaconsfield Parade, directly opposite the start line.

Elevations

The course begins at a height about 5 metres above sea level (masl) and remains at this level until rising to 10masl at Bay Street, nearly 6kms into the course.

It dips down again to about 7masl for a kilometre rising to 10masl again just after Dendy Street.

The course drops to 7masl again for over a kilometre and begins to rise from 9.5kms until it reaches approximately 15masl at Hampton Road.

Remaining roughly level until Bay Road, it begins to rise steadily to more than 20masl at Potter Street. This is followed by a steady decline to 8masl for nearly 2.5kms near the 15km mark. This is approximately the turnaround point for the Women’s event.

Next follows a climb over the next few hundred metres to 12masl just before the 16km mark down to 5masl again by the 17km mark. The course climbs again and remains around 10masl until just after the 18km mark. Here it rises again to 20masl at the 19km mark, and then a steady decline to 10masl at the 20km mark. This is the turnaround point for the Men’s event.

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City and Surrounds

Marathon

Athletes start inside the MCG exiting at Brunton Avenue.

They turn right onto Brunton Avenue which becomes Jolimont Road. After a right turn at Wellington Parade South, the athletes will make a left at the intersection of Wellington Parade South and Clarendon Street.

After crossing Wellington Parade, they will continue on Clarendon Street before turning left at the intersection of Clarendon Street and Albert Street.

They will continue down Albert Street, over Nicholson Street to Lonsdale Street.

Turning right at the intersection of Lonsdale Sreet and Spring Street, they will cross Victoria Street at the intersection of Spring Street and Victoria Street, through the middle lanes and tram tracks of Victoria Street.

The athletes will enter Carlton Gardens South and make their way to the Royal Exhibition Buildings.

They will turn left at the fountain in front of the Royal Exhibition Buildings and continue on the path leading to Queensberry Street.

After crossing Rathdowne Street, they will continue West along Queensberry Street before turning right at the intersection of Queensberry Street and Lygon Street.

Heading left at the intersection of Lygon Street and Grattan Street, the athletes will make a right turn at the intersection of Grattan Sreet and Swanston Street.

They will make a left turn into College Crescent from Swanston Street followed by another left into Royal Parade from College Crescent.

After a left turn at the intersection of Royal Parade and Grattan Street, the athletes will make a right turn at the intersection of Grattan Street and Lygon Street.

The athletes will turn right at the intersection of Russell Street and La Trobe Street before making a left turn at the intersection of La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade.

They will continue straight at the intersection of Harbour Esplanade and Bourke Street, along the bike path closest to the tram tracks.

Continuing along the bike path, the athletes will then turn left and rejoin Stadium Drive at the Collins Street intersection.

The athletes will continue along Stadium Drive then turn left at Wurundjeri Way which will bring them on to Flinders Street.

They will make a right turn at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street to bring them to Princes Bridge.

Following Princes Bridge is St Kilda Road. The athletes will make a right turn at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Fitzroy Street to bring them to Lakeside Drive.

A right turn then brings the athletes onto Lakeside Drive. They will follow the Grand Prix track onto Albert Road Drive before making a left onto Aughtie Drive.

The athletes will make a right turn at the intersection of Aughtie Drive, Ross Gregory Drive and Village Green Drive.

They will turn right at the intersection of Village Green Drive and Lakeside Drive before making a right turn at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy Street.

At the intersection of Fitzroy Street and The Esplanade, they will turn left before making a right turn at the intersection of The Esplanade and Cavell Street.

A right turn at the Cavell Street intersection will bring the athletes to Jacka Boulevard. Jacka Boulevard becomes Beaconsfield Parade, which becomes Beach Street.

The athletes will head right onto Bay St, continuing on into Crockford Street, which then becomes City Road.

A left turn at the intersection of City Road will bring them to Clarendon Street.

They will then turn right from Clarendon Street immediately after the Casino onto the Yarra Promenade. They will continue along the Yarra Promenade, over Queens Bridge Street and onto the Southbank Promenade.

Following the Southbank Promenade onto Boathouse Drive, after Princes Bridge, the athletes will make their way onto Alexandra Avenue before the Swan Street Bridge.

The course turns around at the intersection of Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street. The athletes will continue in the reverse direction down Alexandra Avenue (towards St Kilda Rd).

They will turn off Alexandra Avenue onto Linlithgow Avenue at the Sidney Myer Musical Bowl driveway before continuing through the roundabout at the intersection of Linlithgow Avenue and Government House Drive.

The course turns around adjacent to the Shrine of Remembrance, just before the first speed hump. They will continue in the reverse direction down Birdwood Avenue (towards St Kilda Rd) before making a left turn at the roundabout of Linlithgow Avenue and Government House Drive.

They will make a right at the intersection of Government House Drive and St Kilda Road, which becomes Princes Bridge.

After an immediate right turn just past Princes Bridge, the athletes will make their way onto Princes Walk at the pedestrian light entrance. They will continue onto the Yarra Pedestrian Precinct Link (YPPL) from Princes Walk.

They will turn right off YPPL through Yarra Park, make a left from Yarra Park onto Brunton Avenue before entering the MCG through the tunnel to the finish line.

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Melbourne Docklands

Race Walks

The Men's and Women's 20km event comprises 10 laps of the course, while the Men’s 50km event comprises 25 laps of the course.

The start and finish line is located on Harbour Esplanade adjacent to Telstra Dome.

Athletes will head north from the start along the east side of Harbour Esplanade and cross to the West side of Harbour Esplanade at the bottom of La Trobe Street.

They will then turn left into the New Quay Promenade entrance from Harbour Esplanade, veering right into Aquitania Way.

Making a left into Caravel Lane, they will pass Saint Mangos Lane and Rakaia Way intersections, turning left into Dopel Way leading on to the western end of NewQuay Promenade.

Athletes proceed along New Quay Promenade, back towards Harbour Esplanade and right onto western side of Harbour Esplanade.

Heading south, they will cross on to the east side of the Esplanade at the bottom of La Trobe Street, continuing south along Harbour Esplanade.

The athletes will make a 180 degrees turn just before Bourke Street, then head north along Harbour Esplanade to the start and finish line.

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