A men’s race of 275 km, a first for 35 years!

We are not very far from the distance of Milan-San Remo. If the Italian race holds the record distance of the calendar, the 2022 Road World Championships in Wollongong (Australia) will not be far from 298 km. The men’s road race, drawn along the east coast of Australia, is expected to take place over a distance of 275 km. That is almost as much as the Worlds disputed at Villach (Austria) in 1987 where the Irishman Stephen Roche won after 276 km of racing. For the women, the organizing committee is planning a 174 km course, the longest distance ever covered in the history of the World’s Championships. As a reminder, the Worlds will be held from 1September 8 to 25, 2022.

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The Union Cycliste Internationale presented the 2022 Worlds last December

After Belgium and the municipality of Louvain in 2021, it is in Australia, in Wollongong, that the Road World Championships will take place this year. Just over nine months before the event, the Union Cycliste Internationale (FIA) lifted the veil last December on the program and routes for these second Worlds organized in Australia after those of 2010. Everything will start on September 18 with the Elite Men’s and Women’s time trials, which will be held on the same day, on the same course and over the same distance, for the first time in the world. ‘story.

The course of online races far from easy!

The course of the time trial, rolling and fast, will allow the best exercise specialists to take advantage of their specific qualities. The runners will pass through iconic places in the Australian city such as the Squire’s Way, the Thomas Dalton sports complex, the campus of the University of Wollongong and the Stuart Park located by the ocean. The last few hundred meters of the time trial will be located along Cliff Road at the base of Wollongong’s iconic lighthouse in Flagstaff Hill. The finish line will be found along the sublime seafront City Beach”, is it stated in the press release.

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Then, from Friday, road races will be in the news, with the Elite Men road race concluding this great week of cycling. And while we were expecting a course intended more for sprinters, the latter will finally have a heavy task to accomplish since a few far from obvious climbs will spice up the race, and in particular the Mount Keira (8.7 km at 5%), which will be climbed during the first half of the race, and the Mont Pleasant (1.1 km at 7.7%), the latter being located in the last part of a technical final circuit and which can represent an ideal springboard for the best punchers, including a certain Julian Alaphilippe, who will seek a third consecutive title.

The program for the 2022 Road World Championships

Sunday September 18 : CWomen’s Elite Time Trial and Men’s Elite Time Trial

Monday, September 19 : Men’s U23 Time Trial

Tuesday, September 20 : Individual time trial Junior Women and time trial Junior Men

Wednesday September 21 : Mixed Team Time Trial

Friday September 23 : Men’s Juniors road race and Men’s U23 road race

Saturday September 24 : Junior Women Road Race and Elite Men Road Race

Sunday September 25 : Men’s Elite Road Race

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