Road Race

The riders start together in a bunch (mass start). UCI Worlds are usually organised on a circuit that riders cover several times (number of laps depends on the category of riders). The total distance of the race is 250-280km for Men Elite and 130-160km for Women Elite. The first rider to cross the finish line is the winner.

The road race circuit is the key element of every World Championships. It must be completed a different number of times and in different variations depending on the race. This loop is widely seen as the place where the road races will be won and lost. In the case of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol the road race circuit has been designed to suit the climbers in the peloton.

The route of the Olympic Circuit is identical for the Men Junior, Men Under 23, Women Elite and Men Elite races. Riders in the Men Junior category will complete two laps, the Men Under 23 three laps, the Women Elite four laps and the Men Elite seven laps. The Men Elite Road Race will also ride up the infamous Höll climb once before descending into the city centre to the finish line.

Women Juniors Road Race

When:

Thu 27/09/2018

Start location:

Rattenberg

Finish location:

Innsbruck

Time:

9:00 am -11:30 am

Total distance:

71.7 km

Elevation gain:

975 m

Circuit details:

1 short lap

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Course: The Women Junior Road Race will start in Rattenberg. The first section from Rattenberg to Pill is a classic flat road race. After 25 kilometres the riders reach Pill, where they will cross over to the other side of the valley and continue via Terfens to Gnadenwald. The very steep climb to Gnadenwald is 2.6km in length and has a maximum gradient of 14%. The riders then build up speed through the villages of Absam, Thaur, Rum and Arzl before finally reaching Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital they embark on one lap of the 24km Olympic Circuit including an 8km climb from Innsbruck to the bottom station of the cable car onto the Patscherkofel mountain, which hosted downhill skiing events at the 1964 and 1976 Olympics. The riders then descend at top speed through the village of Igls, past the Bergisel ski jump and the Olympic Stadium into the centre of Innsbruck, where the race concludes in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Challenge:
►The very steep climb to Gnadenwald which is 2.6km in length and has a maximum gradient of 14%.


Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Circuit
47.9 km + 1 short lap 23.8 km

Race details
Neutral start: real start after 1.5 km
Race distance: 70.2 km

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Men Juniors Road Race

When:

Thu 27/09/2018

Start location:

Kufstein

Finish location:

Innsbruck

Time:

2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Total distance:

132.4 km

Elevation gain:

1916 m

Circuit details:

2 short laps

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Course: Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete two laps of the Olympic Circuit. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Challenge:
►The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%) will sap the riders’ strength.


Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Circuit:
84.8 km + 2 short laps 23.8 km

Race details
Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
Race distance: 126.8 km

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Men Under 23 Road Race

When:

Fri 28/09/2018

Start location:

Kufstein

Finish location:

Innsbruck

Time:

12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Total distance:

179.9 km

Elevation gain:

2910 m

Circuit details:

4 short laps

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Course: Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete three laps of the Olympic Circuit. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Challenge:
►The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%) will sap the riders’ strength.


Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Circuit
84.7 km + 4 short laps 23.8 km

Race details
Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
Race distance: 174.3 km

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Women Elite Road Race

When:

Sat 29/09/2018

Start location:

Kufstein

Finish location:

Innsbruck

Time:

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Total distance:

156.2km

Elevation gain:

2413 m

Circuit details:

3 short laps

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Course: Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete four laps of the Olympic Circuit. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Challenge: The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%) will sap the riders’ strength.


Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Circuit
84.8 km + 3 short laps 23.8 km

Race details
Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
Race distance: 150.6 km

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Men Elite Road Race

When:

Sun 30/09/2018

Start location:

Kufstein

Finish location:

Innsbruck

Time:

9:30 am - 5:15 pm

Total distance:

258.5 km

Elevation gain:

4670 m

Circuit details:

6 short laps, 1 long lap

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Course: Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete one or several laps of the Olympic Circuit depending on the race. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.


Challenge:
►The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%)
►The Höttinger Höll Climb.

Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Höttinger Höll climb
After completing the seventh and final lap of the Olympic Circuit, the Men Elite Road Race riders head back into the city but don’t turn right as usual into the Riedgasse road, instead heading left up towards the Höttinger Höll climb. This is set to be the section of the course where the Men Elite Road Race will be decided: a short but sharp 3.2km climb with an average gradient of 11.5% and a maximum gradient of 28%. From the top of the climb the riders speed down a fast and technical descent to the finish line in front of the Hofburg imperial palace in the centre of the city.

Circuit details                                                                         
84.7 km + 6 short laps 23.8 km + 1 long lap 31 km                

Race details
Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
Race distance: 252.9 km

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