From the 22nd to the 30th of September the cycling world will be focused on Innsbruck, Austria. That’s where the UCI Road World Championships for multiple disciplines will be held. The events go on for eight days, and we’ll see the best men and women racers in the world go for the rainbow strips.
First the time trials
On the 22nd of September the World Championship starts with a training, so you could say the party actually starts on the 23rd. On this day, the men’s and women’s team time trials are on the programme. The women start at 10.10 and the men start riding at 14.40. The women’s race covers a distance of 53.8km with a few small hills, but the route is mostly flat.
The men have to cover 62.1km, climbing 4.6km en route. The course has an average gradient of 5.7 percent, but there is also a section with a 13 percent incline. Because it’s at the end of the race, it is important that the time trialists in the team also have climbing skills.
On the 24th of September it’s time for the juniors—both women and men—to go for their time trials. This is a great chance to see who might become the star riders of tomorrow.
On the 25th September, it’s the women’s individual time trial, which covers a distance of 28.5km. The course climbs 262 vertical meters and will be a perfect course for Annemiek van Vleuten, who will be defending her world title.
The men will be begin their time trial on the 26th of September. They have a 52.5km route to tackle. Besides the long distance, the riders also have to climb 4.9km. The route has an average gradient of 7.1 percent, and outlying sections of 14 percent. This race promises to be a fight between Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis.
On Thursday the 27th and and Friday 28th of September, we see the road race for the juniors, including girls, boys and men under 23. This is another chance to see what we can expect from the riders of the future, some of whom are already in the pro peloton.
The road races
On the 29th, at 12.10, the woman’s race begins. They will cover 156.7km, where at first they go 80km and then have to lap the last 70km in three rounds. In addition, there are three challenging climbs to the Igls. This course will challenge riders to climb 7.9km, at an average gradient of 5.7 percent, and outliers up to 10 percent. The summit of the final climb is about 15km from the finish, so weaker climbers can still get back in the race.
The World Championship of road cycling will be end on the 30th of September with the men’s race. They start at 9.40am and ride a distance of 259.6km. The race starts with a long 75km and then has six equal laps in the vicinity of Innsbruck, ending with a final lap that challenges everyone with a last climb. In the normal tour, the men have to bridge the Igls, just like with the women. In the last round, however, they have to take the Gramartboden in addition to the Igls. This section is 2.8km long, but has an average gradient of 11.5 percent with a piece that even goes up by 25 percent. From the summit, riders have about 7.5km to get to the finish. On the map this really promises to be a spectacular race!