Many of New Zealand’s leading cyclists will be expected to race around the inner-city streets at the Vantage Criterium National Championships which will return to Christchurch in November.
The proposed inner-city Christchurch circuit offers a traditional criterium taking in iconic Christchurch landmarks such as the Avon River, Bridge of Remembrance and the Art Gallery.
It is adjacent to the bars and restaurants of the famous Oxford Street, and with more cafes and bars lining the proposed course, it will make for a spectator-friendly, fast-paced afternoon of entertainment.
Because the criterium is a road race, there are road closures and detours in place from 10am to 9pm.
If you’re travelling across the central city your quickest options are Madras Street, Barbadoes Street or Fitzgerald Avenue. The intersection of Durham Street and Bealey Avenue will be closed to traffic.
Parking within the race route will be closed from 10am to 9pm, including the West End car park and Art Gallery car park. If you need to exit the car park after 10am please be prepared for delays.
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū will be open as usual. Access to Christchurch Hospital will remain fully open and emergency service vehicles will be permitted across the road closure area at all times.