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World Championships for students

By:
Shane Stokes in Ballinamore
Published:
May 19, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:31 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News, May 19, 2008

The opening ceremony of the bicycling Worlds for students is set to take place on May 21, in...

The opening ceremony of the bicycling Worlds for students is set to take place on May 21, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The road events are scheduled for May 23 (time trial) and May 25 (road race). There is also a mountain bike marathon (May 24) and a cross country (May 22) race on the menu.

The 34.8-kilometre time trial is an international effort, with the riders taking off in the centre of Nijmegen, and heading on over the border to Germany, which happens around the midway point. Via long, straight roads, the time trialers will head back to the Netherlands. Before the border can be crossed, a 12% climb has to be tackled.

The finale is hilly as well, with the longest hill being 2.5 kilometres long, at an average gradient of three percent and a maximum of six percent.

The circuit for the road race is also hilly, with one lap being 10.7 kilometres long.

Every continent is represented, with a total of 26 countries sending teams to the event. A maximum of six riders per country per event are allowed.

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