Historic Tour DuPont elements included
The organisation of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships today
revealed the course designs which will be used for the road races, team
time trials and individual time trials in the city of Richmond, Virginia
Although not a mountainous region, Richmond is famous for the sharp
climbs that rise out of Shockoe Bottom and Historic Shockoe Slip -
ascents which were used in the Tour DuPont and Tour de Trump in the
1980s and 1990s plus the US Open of Cycling in 2007 - and those ascents
will feature prominently in the final kilometers of the road race.
The course is not expected to be a pure climber's course, nor one for
the sprinters, but will favor riders like Philippe Gilbert, Fabian
Cancellara or Peter Sagan.
Tim Miller, CEO for Richmond 2015, unveiled the courses, with the
road race and time trial circuits to be used for the 2014 USA Cycling
collegiate national championships on May 2-4, 2014, as a test event
ahead of next year's Worlds, taking place September 19-27, 2015.
Miller stated the committee had to take three factors into account
when designing the courses: competition, tourism, and impact to
businesses and residents.
"If all we had to worry about was the competition, it would be easy,"
Miller said. "[we had to consider] the areas of city, county and state
that they want to show off, and how local residents and businesses will
be impacted. We've worked hard to find that balance and meet courses
that meet those objectives."
The courses themselves show little evidence of compromise, and bisect
the center of Richmond, criss-crossing the James River and taking in
sweeping views of the city's skyline.
The 16.5km, urban road race circuit for the elite men and women
tackles the daunting cobbled climb of Libby Hill Park, rising up from
the James River, the 600m-long 19% grade of 23rd Street, and the
smoothly paved but still taxing ascent of Governor's Street. All three
climbs will feature in the last 3km of the road race, creating a proving
ground for worthy champions. The junior, U23 and the collegiate
championships will skip 23rd Street and use a 15.5km course.
UCI president Brian Cookson was on hand for the course announcement,
saying, "I am truly excited that the UCI Road World Championships will
return to the US for first time in nearly 30 years, the last time was at
Colorado Springs in 1986. The courses that have just been unveiled are
certainly worthy for a world championships. I'm very excited by what
I've seen today. The urban setting is very interesting. It takes in a
bit of Monument Avenue, and two cobble stone climbs including the
wonderful Libby Hill climb, which would surely have a place in the Tour
of Flanders if it was in Belgium," Cookson said.
The team time trial will begin with a flat and fast stretch from
Rockett's Landing, heading along the James River on Route 5, on flat,
scenic rural roads. The course will then twist and turn through Henrico
County, heading through the Richmond National Battlefield Park, then
back into Richmond's downtown through Shockoe Bottom and up Governor's
Street to the finish at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
The Individual Time Trial circuit will head west from downtown
Richmond, heading over to Monument Avenue, turning around at the
Jefferson Davis monument, and is the only course to cross the James
River on its out-and-back loop. The 15.5km course has several short,
punchy climbs which will be taken in on each lap. The course will be
used for the collegiate championships, and all of the categories of the
Worlds except for the elite men. At Worlds, two laps will be utilised
for all categories except for junior women.
The elite men's individual time trial will be a 53.1km point-to-point
course that will start from the King's Dominion theme park and travel
along largely flat roads through Hanover and Henrico counties en route
to downtown Richmond. Coming into the finish, riders will tackle the
climb on Governor's Street en route to the line.
The marquee event, the road race, will be contested on a circuit
starting from the convention center, turning 180 degrees at the
Jefferson Davis monument, down the cobbles of Shockoe Slip, then turning
back to the steep, cobbled climb of Libby Hill and heading back through
town to tackle the cobbles of 23rd Street.
The highly technical course contains numerous twists and turns, ascents and descents, throughout the circuit.
Article Source: Cycling News