Elevation gain doubled in UCI Gravel World Championships routes in 2023

Dutch rider Mathieu Van Der Poel rides ahead of Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet during the first edition of the UCI Gravel World Championships 2022 between Vicenza and Cittadella northern Italy on October 9 2022 Photo by Massimo Fulgenzi AFP Photo by MASSIMO FULGENZIAFP via Getty Images
Dutch rider Mathieu van ver Poel rides to a bronze medal finish at the first edition of the UCI Gravel World Championships 2022 between Vicenza and Cittadella (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Details on the race routes through Treviso for the 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships, October 7-8, were disclosed by the UCI and recently-appointed event organiser Pedali di Marca. Significantly more climbing has been added this year for an elite men’s 169km route and 140km for elite women, both tracks departing from Lago Le Bandie and including finish circuits at Pieve di Soligo.

A combination of surfaces feature nine key climbs for the elite men with 1,900 metres of elevation gain. Though 25 kilometres shorter than the inaugural edition of the men’s race, the course on Sunday has more than doubled the numbers for climbing this time out. The distance remains the same for elite women, who return the day prior over similar terrain with eight key climbs adding to 1,660 metres of elevation gain. The mix of white gravel roads and unpaved surfaces is expected to comprise close to 50% of both routes. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).