Leeds City Council is urging people to plan ahead for this weekend as the city prepares to host AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds for the fifth time.
This year all races will start and finish in Roundhay Park, with all routes finishing outside the park’s Mansion House. Thousands of athletes are set to compete, from amateurs to elites, and for the first time elite paratriathletes will also be taking to the start line as the event hosts the World Triathlon Para Series.
Access to Roundhay Park: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event space within Roundhay Park is limited to a maximum of 4000 people which includes athletes, officials and spectators with a valid ticket. This means that large areas of Roundhay Park will be closed to the public all day on Saturday 5 June and until 7pm on Sunday 6 June. A limited area within the park will remain open for the public but people are being encouraged to choose one of Leeds’ other great parks instead if they are able to.
For those who do still need to visit Roundhay Park, pedestrian access will be available via the entrances at Park Lane, Mansion Lane and Wetherby Road. Parking will be available on Soldier’s Field on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June and access to this car park will be from Old Park Road.
The following car parks will be closed to the public at the times below:
Mansion Lane – Thursday 3rd June from 00:01 until 12:00 on Monday 7th June
Princes Avenue – Thursday 3rd June from 12:00 until 20:30 on Sunday 6th June
Lakeside – Thursday 3rd June from 07:00 until 07:00 on Monday 7th June
The Wetherby Road car park will remain open throughout but there will be no access to it by car during the Wetherby Road closures on Friday morning (09:30 – 11:00) and Saturday afternoon (13:00 – 17:00). Drivers will be able to leave the car park during these times but will be directed towards Easterly Road.
A limited number of tickets remain available for the action on Saturday 5 June, providing members of the public with the opportunity to watch the world’s best paratriathletes compete in Leeds ahead of the Paralympic Games this summer.
Road closure information: On Friday 4th June, between 9.30am and 11am there will be closures around Roundhay Park.
On Saturday 5th June Princes Avenue and Park Avenue will be closed from 5am to 6pm with Wetherby Road also closed for a period during the afternoon.
On Sunday 6th June Princes Avenue and Park Avenue will be closed from 4am to 8pm. A cycle route along Street Lane, Scott Hall Road and Stonegate Road, also affecting Roundhay, Moortown & Meanwood, will be closed from 4am to 1pm.
For full information about road closures and access to Roundhay Park please visit: Local Road Closure Information – AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds
Councillor Salma Arif, Leeds City Council’s executive member for public health and active lifestyles said:
“We’re looking forward to once again hosting the AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds this weekend. We’re working hard with the event organisers to ensure the weekend runs smoothly and as part of that effort there will be some road closures and changes to public transport over the weekend in the areas surrounding Roundhay Park.
“Make sure you plan ahead for any journeys in this area and, if you intend on visiting a park this weekend, we’d encourage you to avoid Roundhay Park and visit one of the many other amazing green spaces the city has to offer instead.”
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO said:
“We’re immensely grateful to Leeds City Council and the people of Leeds for welcoming everyone involved with AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds once again to Roundhay Park.
“Our team have been working incredibly hard with Leeds City Council and event partners to put on a safe and enjoyable event experience for everyone, and I’d encourage you to purchase a ticket for Saturday in advance of the weekend and to come along to cheer amateur athletes in the morning and the British Paratriathlon Team in the afternoon.”
Tickets for Sunday have sold out, with tickets for Saturday available for over 16s for £5 and free for under 16s. There will be no tickets available on the day, and all spectators must register online to attend. Tickets are available here www.festivaloftriathlon.co.uk