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2014 UCI Road World Championships courses revealed

José Been
December 13, 2013, 20:30,
December 13, 2013, 20:29
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, December 14, 2013
Road Race women Ponferrada 2014

Road Race women Ponferrada 2014

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Ponferrada course details released

The organization of the UCI Road World Championships in 2014 in Ponferrada, Spain has launched its new website and revealed the routes of all twelve events. The championships in the northwestern region of Castilia and Léon starts on the 21st of September with the team time trial for both men and women.

The 36.15 kilometre long TTT course for the elite women features only one climb with a maximum gradient of 10%. The men's elite race is 57,10 kilometre long and includes two short climbs. The majority of the course is flat.

The same goes for the individual time trials for junior women, junior men, U23 men, elite women and elite men. The initial idea to have an uphill time trial was discarded. It would have required two finish sections which would not be possible from a logistical point of view.

For the reigning elite women's time trial champion, Ellen van Dijk, that news came as a relief. The new course which is 29.5 kilometres in length and has a short climb with a maximum gradient of 7% in the final five kilometers. 

"It's a very tough course," Van Dijk said to Cyclingnews. "It is not especially suited for me next year but it's much better than the original idea to do an uphill time trial. I will see how far I can get on this course to defend my title, but riders like Evelyn Stevens, Linda Villumsen, Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley and Trixi Worrack will be strong too." 

Tony Martin will defend his time trial crown on the 24th of September in a 47.1 kilometre long stretch with 458m of elevation gain over two climbs in the second half of the race.

The women's road race is made up of seven laps of 18.2 kilometres. The race is 127.4 kilometres long with a total of over 2,100m of climbing. The men's race is exactly twice as long with 14 laps of 18.2 kilometres. Over the course of 254,8 kilometres the riders will face 28 climbs with a maximum gradient of 11%.

Schedule for 2014 UCI Road World Championships:

Sunday, September 21
Elite women – Team time trial
Elite men – Team time trial

Monday, September 22
Junior men – Individual time trial
Under-23 men – Individual

Tuesday, September 23
Junior women – Individual time trial
Elite women – Individual time trial

Wednesday, September 24
Elite men – Individual time trial

Friday, September 26
Junior women – road race
Under-23 men – road race

Saturday, September 27
Junior men – road race
Elite women – road race

Sunday, September 28
Elite men – road race


FabiquesAnquetillara 11 months ago
Road race maps says in the table of technical specs on the right: ascents 306m,descents:324m. How is that possible? Per lap vertical gains while going up must equal vertical losses while going down. Where those 18meters of difference go? I am missing something?
wrinklyvet 11 months ago
Is this perhaps a reasonable margin of error for such calculations over a 254.8km race?
FabiquesAnquetillara 11 months ago
It is per lap
Janjapan 11 months ago
You could also lose or gain height on a false flat. Maybe that's an explanation.
FabiquesAnquetillara 11 months ago
Yes,it probably counts only these two big hills an rest of the lap is not rated therefore not put in measurement. Sorry for picking up on details, not a big deal, i like precision.
Chainstay99 11 months ago
They are anticipating a big earthquake on each lap
denominator 11 months ago
I am deaply dissatisfied with UCI. They let the organizers to make the Elite man competition "only for us". Spain has virtually no sprinters, but very good climbers instead. There are more than 4200 m of global ascent. This is much more than in Tuscany this year (some 3000 m) and have a look on those winners - pure GC riders. It is even more than most mountain stages on Grand Tours. I think that not only flat sprinters, but also allrounders like Gilbert, Sagan or Cance should ignore this WC. Let me repeat my proposal - UCI should set reasonable limits for organizers not only concerning the length, but also the global altitude difference, say 3000 or 3500 m.
federalski 11 months ago
"I think that not only flat sprinters, but also allrounders like Gilbert, Sagan or Cance should ignore this WC." LOLOL
FabiquesAnquetillara 11 months ago
Sometimes it is hilly, sometimes it is flat (copenhagen,zolder,madrid, from top of my head),sometimes in between. No problem here. Worlds courses varies greatly if you look ta big picture.
avantage 11 months ago
Do you see how "steep" these two climbs are?
Tigerion 11 months ago
Because somewhere like the UK would never do the same thing. Also what is wrong with setting a worlds course that favours a specific type of rider. Climbers should get a chance at the rainbow just as often as sprinters
meals-on-wheels 11 months ago
I think you have a valid point. On the one hand I have no problem with organisers planning a route that favours their riders abilities - that is part of the incentive for nations to host the Worlds. However, it is very clear that this route is heavily weighted for the climbers to the degree that it offers the puncheurs little chance. I believe Worlds courses should make room for a variety of rider types within the peloton, after all, this is an occasion for cycling to expand its appeal to a large TV audience.