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Course location map for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Course location map for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships  in Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)

The overview of the courses was released in December, revealing elite road race starts in Helensburgh, along with an inland loop – Mount Keira – named after the biggest climb of the race and a city circuit including the punchy climb of Mount Pleasant. At the end of March it was then revealed that the elite and U23 women's race would take on the city circuit six times, while the men's elite race would tackle it 12 times before the final pass of the Wollongong finish line.

The time trials are set to take place on the technical, corner heavy circuit around the city of Wollongong.

Time Trials

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Elite men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Elite men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Elite and U23 women's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Elite and U23 women's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Junior Mixed relay time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Mixed relay time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Junior men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Junior men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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U23 men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

U23 men's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Junior women's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong

Junior women's individual time trial course and profile for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong (Image credit: UCI 2022 Road World Championships Wollongong)

The event begins with the time trials, which are on a city circuit that goes past the Wollongong Botanical Gardens, through Mount Ousley and toward the coast via Fairy Meadow. 

They run in line with the Blue Mile shared cycle pathway and there is a fast sector along Cliff Road, past the lighthouse at Flagstaff Hill, taking riders to the finish line across from Wollongong beach on Marine Drive.

The corner-heavy courses are similar through the categories but the elite time trials extend further north with an up and back section toward Towradgi.

Road races

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Elite and U23 women road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

Elite and U23 women road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Elite men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

Elite men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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City Circuit road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

City Circuit road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Mount Keira circuit road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

Mount Keira circuit road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Junior men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

Junior men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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Junior women road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

Junior women road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)
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U23 men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong

U23 men road race course map and profile, 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong (Image credit: 2022 UCI Road World Championships Wollongong)

The elite road races start in the hamlet of Helensburgh working their way down to Wollongong via the coast and Sea Cliff bridge. The course then heads to the Mount Keira loop and city circuit.

The Mount Keira loop takes the race up into the escarpment, reaching 473 metres after an 8.7km climb with an average gradient of five per cent. The climb with sub-tropical surrounds gives way to a quick descent through Kembla Heights, Cordeaux Heights and out to Port Kembla steelworks, the crucial economic building block of the city. 

The Wollongong city circuit goes from the centre of town, through the suburbs of Gwynneville, Mount Ousley, Mount Pleasant, Fairy Meadow and North Wollongong before heading back toward the beachside finish line. This loop may not be named after a climb, but it still includes Mount Pleasant which delivers an average gradient of 7.7 per cent and a maximum of 14 per cent, reaching an elevation of 119 metres.

The combined elite and U23 women's road race will include one lap of the Mount Keira circuit and 6 of the city circuit while the elite men will tackle 12 laps of the finishing loop. The U23 men and women's races and men's junior categories will be run on the city circuit.

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Simone Giuliani

Simone joined the team as Production Editor based in Australia at the start of the 2021 season, having previously worked as Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg.

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