Buninyong sets out the welcome mat for Tour de France champion Cadel Evans

TIME will stop in Buninyong this weekend to welcome Tour de France great Cadel Evans.

Evans is racing in the Road National Championships Road Race event on Sunday. 

But if you’re never heard of Cadel – or don’t take too much notice of men in lycra – rest assured, this guide will get you through the weekend. 

Road closures in Buninyong will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Car parking is free in the Buninyong township, and in surrounding streets, but get in early to nab a park.

Buninyong Bakehouse co-owner Ashley Murphy said Barkly Street and Winter Street were good places to park outside of the course. 

A Cycling Australia spokesperson said car parking would be available along Warrenheip Street, Buninyong. 

“There will still be a lot of access for drivers coming to the event,” the spokesperson said. 

An Event Village will operate on the corner of Midland Hwy and Warrenheip Street, with coffee vans, big screens and a beer garden.

A park and ride service will also operate every 15 minutes from Federation University’s Mount Clear campus.

The shuttle buses will travel along Gear Ave and Moss Ave, before arriving at the corner of Midland Hwy and Warrenheip Street. 

Davis Bus Lines will continue to run their weekend services as normal, aside from a few route diversions. 

Manager Glen McKenzie said passengers should allow an extra five to 10 minutes to cater for the route changes.

“We are running to the same timetable, but there will be diversions in place from the university,” Mr McKenzie said. 

“Commuters should allow five to 10 minutes extra for their trips on Saturday and Sunday.” 

The Cycling Australia spokesperson said retailers and residents were warned of the road closures at a meeting with organisers in

 November.

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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