Due to the Covid pandemic that has caused the cancellation of Australian races at the start of the season and very long periods of confinement in some regions; the organizers of the next World Cycling Championship in Wollongong are slow to present details of the routes of the time trials and races that will be held in September 2022.
This Friday they revealed the maps of the online tests and the two circuits that will make up them; without specifying the total mileage; the profile of the climbs or the number of laps of each circuit that the peloton mustjournaltimeplete.
With a bump 8 kilometers from the finish
Riders will depart from Helensburg; a small town 50 kilometers south of Sydney; and follow the coastline along the Tasman Sea to Wollongong; where they will then discover two circuits. The first; 34 kilometers long; includes the ascent of Mount Keira (8.7 km at 5% on average with a step at 15%). It is not yet clear whether it will be climbed one or more times.
Next; the peloton will make several laps of a 17.5-kilometer urban and technical circuit; with a large number of resuscitations and a decisive section: a 1.1 kilometer pothole at 7.7% on average with a crossing at 14 %; at the end of which; in the mountainous area of Mount Pleasant; it will be located 8 kilometers from the finish line; drawn on the edge of the beach.
The map of the two circuits; that of Mount Keira (in red) and the urban one of Wollongong (in green). (ICU)
On paper; this trip – “Difficult; technical and that will allow great champions to express themselves”; promises the president of the UCI; David Lappartient; perfectly adapted to the qualities of the reigning double world champion Julian Alaphilippe; but also his rivals Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel; and more generally the punchers with a good burst of speed. Sprinters with good moguls could do well too; like locals Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews.
The time trials will take place in a part of the Wollongong street circuit (without the climb to Mount Pleasant); with a particularity this year: the men’s and women’s times will be contested on the same day (Sunday; September 18); and more the same distance; that is; 37.6 km. The women’s road race will take place on Saturday; September 24; and the men’s road race the next day; Sunday; September 25; 2022.
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