NO road closures will be needed during a new triathlon event to be held in Henley in June, according to the organiser.
Jeremy Laming, the founder of the Henley Highwayman, promised to give the town ?one hell of a show? at the event?s launch party held at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Market Place on Thursday.
In October 2003, the organisers of the Challenge Henley triathlon announced the event was leaving the town after three years following controversy over the need for 12-hour road closures on a Sunday and rows with councillors over the resulting disruption.
Just Racing UK moved the event to Weymouth, where there were reports of similar problems after last year?s inaugural race.
Mr Laming said the Highwayman wouldn?t cause disruption as it would be taking place over three days and it had the full backing of Henley Town Council.
?We are not closing the roads,? he said. ?We will be using the sportif format invented by Phil, which will be setting off from Market Place.
?The town council has been fundamental in getting this off the ground and helping us. They?ve been fantastic and actually insisted it the race began in Market Place. It was clear indication that they want this to be ?by Henley, for Henley?.?
Henley Highwayman will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 5 to 7, with the competitors taking part in a swim, cycle and run on consecutive days.
The athletes will be able to choose how far to go in each discipline, with a points system ranking them on both the distance completed and their time.
The swim will be contested over a 1km loop in the River Thames at Mill Meadows and competitors able to choose to complete one, two or four laps.
The cycle route, which will pass through the town centre before going into the Chilterns as far as Lewknor and Wallingford, will be available as a 62km, 120km or 182km course.
The running leg of the triathlon will take place on the Fawley estate, with competitors able to complete either 6km, 18km or 27km.
More than 100 people attended the launch party, including town councillors Will Hamilton, who plans to take part in the race, and Lorraine Hillier, and representatives of Savills, which is sponsoring the triathlon.
Entries for the race opened on Friday. For more information, visit www.henleyhighwayman.co.uk