A fierce battle once a year for the jersey in the colors of the rainbow. Strong men and women of all ages gather in one city from all corners of the world and compete for the best title in the world with the honor of their home country. The UCI Road Racing World Championship will enter a new era in September 2022!
That’s why the women’s elite and women’s under-23 individual time trial have been chosen for Australia’s opening race for the second time in history, a year after celebrating the 100th anniversary of the tournament in Belgium.
Yes, this year’s race is not just for the “women’s elite”. Unlike last season, “all women 19 and over” will not be competing for a single title. For the first time since the integration of the women’s road race into the world championship in 1958 and the women’s time trial in 1995, there will also be a women’s under-23 world champion.
However, the three years from this year, which is the first attempt, will be a “transition period”. The Under 23 (born between 2000 and 2003) and Elite (born before 1999) women will race on a single course, as they did last year.
This does not necessarily mean that there will be two different champions. In the individual time trial, the athlete with the fastest time in the general classification will be awarded the title of “Elite Women’s World Champion” and the athlete with the fastest time among the under 23s will be awarded the title of “Women’s World Under-23 Champion”. Champion.” the title is given. ……In other words, if a player who is 1st in the Under-23 category is 1st overall, that player will win both the Women’s Elite and Women’s Under-23 titles. 23 years old.
The interesting route is the same as that of the men’s elite, two laps of the approximately 17km urban circuit designed in Wollongong on the east coast of Australia. For women under 23, it will be a long distance race of 34.2 km, longer than the 28.8 km for men under 23. The circuit used is almost the same as that used in the road race about a week later. The difference is that the more difficult of the two climbs has been cut, and instead a short but straight section has been created. However, the biggest feature of the current course and the biggest difficulty is that there are around 29 corners in one lap. It’s an extremely technical design, and because it’s beachfront, the wind shouldn’t be a small factor.