2016 World Championships route unveiled in Qatar

Elite road races to finish on cobbles in downtown Doha

The 2016 route for the UCI Road World Championships was presented in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday by the race organisers.

The racing will start on October 9 with trade team time trials and conclude on October 16 with the men’s elite road race. The Worlds typically take place in September but with concerns over the heat at Doha during that time of year, the scheduled programme has been pushed back.

The time trial courses will be presented at this year’s Worlds in Richmond but the race organising committee confirmed that the road races for the elite athletes would comprise of an 80-kilometre loop in the desert before an unspecified number of circuits in the centre of Doha. The finish circuit will include 1.2 kilometres of cobbles, while the finishing straight will be two kilometres in length.

All races, from the juniors up to the elites will start and finish near the Doha Exhibition Centre before heading through the centre of Katara. Soon after they will tackle the 1.2 kilometres of new cobblestones.

From there the race will head towards the Pearl, a technical sector with changes of direction and near the sea, so crosswinds could be crucial. The race then loops around the Pearl once more before returning through Katara and the two-kilometre finishing straight.

The route is still awaiting complete approval from the UCI, who were presented with the majority of the route in September of the last year. However construction work is underway over a small proportion of the proposed route.

None of the routes will contain climbs with the race organisers stating that they did not consider creating artificial climbs for the events.

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