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UCI Road World Championships 2022

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LEUVEN BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 26 Detail view of gold medalist Julian Alaphilippe of France celebrating during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Elite Road Race a 2683km race from Antwerp to Leuven flanders2021 on September 26 2021 in Leuven Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Julian Alaphilippe (France) celebrating a second consecutive win in the elite men's road race in Flanders in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Australian coastal city of Wollongong will host the UCI Road World Championships in 2022, marking only the second time the the rainbow jersey deciding event has been held in the nation. 

It will provide a stark contrast to the well-raced roads of Flanders in 2021, presenting fresh territory for the majority of the field, just like the last Road World Championships in the nation, which was held in Geelong in 2010. 

The racing for 13 world titles – with an Under 23 women's time trial and road race rainbow jersey being added for the first time – will largely take place on circuits around Wollongong. The elite road races also incorporate a Helensburgh start which takes riders past some of the spectacular coastal cliffs south of Sydney, opening up the possibility of some action in the cross winds before the field takes to the inland Mount Keira circuit and city circuit, which includes the Mount Pleasant climb. 

It's a course which delivers a mixture of fast straights, sharp climbs and technical sections.

The racing through the rainforest, and past the cliffs and coastline of New South Wales marks the welcome return of international racing to Australia, which has been off the menu the past two years with COVID-19 related border closures having led to the cancellation of the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2021 and 2022. 

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When is the 2022 Road World Championships?

The 2022 Road World Championships takes place from September 18-25.

Where is the Road World Championships?

Most of the racing starts and finishes in the Australian city of Wollongong – which is located on Dharawal country – and is just 80 kilometres south of the centre of Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales. 

The elite road races start in the town of Helensburgh, which sits about 250 metres above sea level and is about halfway between Wollongong and Sydney.

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LEUVEN BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 25 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Marianne Vos of Netherlands sprint to win during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Elite Road Race a 1577km race from Antwerp to Leuven flanders2021 on September 25 2021 in Leuven Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Elisa Balsamo (Italy) outsprints Marianne Vos (Netherlands) to take the rainbow jersey in the elite women's race in Belgium in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The 2022 UCI Road World Championships is the 95th edition of the event, first contested 101 years ago for amateurs in 1921. It will be the first edition of the race where titles are rewarded in the women's Under 23 category, with the two additional rainbow jerseys taking the number of titles up for grabs to 13. That will not, however, mean any extra events are added to the schedule with the U23 competition taking place within the elite women's event.

Last year's host Belgium has welcomed the Road World Championships nine times – six of those being in Flanders – while 2022 is only the second time the event will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Victorian city of Geelong was the first time, in 2010.

In 2023 the event will be in Glasgow, Great Britain, then the racing will move to Zurich, Switzerland in 2024 and the 2025 host is Kigali, Rwanda.

UCI Road World Championships Facts and Figures

First edition: Race for amateurs began in 1921

First UCI Road World Champion: Sweden’s Gunnar Sköld

First edition with professionals: In 1927 the first Championships for professional men took place in Nürburgring, Germany

First women's race at event: In 1958 the women's road race was added to the program

First women to win a rainbow jersey: Luxembourg’s Elsy Jacobs

Most world titles: French rider Jeannie Longo won five rainbow jerseys in the road race and four more in the individual time trial

Youth categories: Dedicated races and medals were introduced in 1975

Most recent event added to schedule: The team time trial mixed relay was put on the schedule in 2019

U23 Women's titles: 2022 will be the first year titles are awarded to U23 women in the time trial and road race, with the winner being the first under 23 rider over the line in the elite women's events

U23 Women stand-alone events: The category will have its own races on the schedule from 2025

Stages

  • UCI Road World Championships 2022
    17 September 2022 - 25 September 2022 | Wollongong, NSW | CM
    • Elite Women and U23 Women ITT | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-17 34.2km
    • Elite Men ITT | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-18 34.2km
    • U23 Men ITT | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-19 28.8km
    • Junior Women ITT | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-19 14.1km
    • Junior Men ITT | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-20 28.8km
    • Team Time Trial Mixed Relay | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-21 28.2km
    • Junior Men Road Race | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-22 135.6km
    • U23 Men Road Race | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-23 169.8km
    • Junior Women Road Race | Wollongong - Wollongong
      2022-09-23 67.2km
    • Elite Women and U23 Women Road Race | Helensburgh - Wollongong
      2022-09-24 164.3km
    • Elite Men Road Race | Helensburgh - Wollongong
      2022-09-25 266.9km

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