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UCI Road World Championships – a brief overview

Racing for the 2016 UCI Road World Championships will commence on October 9th, with trade team trials, and will run for one week until October 26th, finishing with the men’s elite road race. This will be the 89th UCI Road World Championships, and is the first to be held in the Middle East. 

The event consists of a road race, a team time trial and a time trial for elite men and women, a road race and a time trial for men under 23, junior men and women. The location of the Championships changes yearly.

Although the Championships have typically been held in September, the heat in Doha, Qatar, the location of this year’s event, has caused the schedule to be pushed back a little. The road races for the elite athletes will comprise of an 80-kilometre loop in the desert, before circuits take place in the centre of Doha. The final circuit will include a grovelling 1.2 kilometre road of cobbles, finishing with a 2 kilometre straight.

The first Championships were held in 1921; with much fewer events taking place (only the Men’s Road Race for Amateurs was available). Until 1995, there were separate races for male profession and amateur riders, which was later replaced by an under-23 category and an elite category. Italy are ranked as number 1 overall, having secured 50 gold medals to date, with Belgium (38) and France (32) behind.

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Any views or opinions expressed in this briefing are for guidance only and are not intended as a substitute for appropriate professional guidance. We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure the information contained herein is accurate at the time of writing but it should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement of law.