Changes to the annual Etape Cymru route look set to be announced this week.
Etape Cymru is 88-mile cycling event that takes participants from Bangor-on-Dee, through the Horseshoe Pass and Clwydian Hills before heading back to the Dee Valley. Last year around 2,000 cyclists took part in the race across North East Wales.
The number of participants has grown significantly since it was first held in 2009. In 2013 there were 2007 entrants, an increase of 57% on the previous year. Of these entrants, 80% travelled from outside of the region and this included oversees participants.
However during the race last year some roads were left closed for up to nine hours, with others closed off for 10 and a half hours.
Last month Wrexham.com reported on proposals to change the Etape Cymru route after a number of residents were left trapped in their homes during the race.
On Wednesday the Homes and Environment Scrutiny Committee will meet to discuss a ‘number of additional measures’ that will help ‘mitigate’ the concerns that have been raised.
A meeting was held at the start of last month with local residents who had been affected by the route and the event on the day. During the event a presentation was shown indicating the changes that would be made for this year’s event.
These include a proposed route change which would reduce the length of time roads were closed, an increase in traffic management / marshalling; a broader increase of communication to those that may be affected by the route and
the introduction of a ‘dedicated dedicated part time engagement officer’.
This role will be responsible for promoting and communicating the event in the communities. This person will act as single point of contact for residents and businesses and will arrange and facilitate local community drop in
Within the report (which can be viewed in PDF form on the Council website), there is no indication as to what the new route through Wrexham would be. However the report does note that: “The event organisers have identified an alternative event route to reduce the length of time road closures are in place.”