Elevation of the Worlds 2022 course?

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From the top of the last climb to the finish (flat part):

2010: 6.3 km (4.1 km)
2012: 1.6 km
2014: 4.7 km (1.7 km)
2015: 2.6 km (2.0 km) - 0.7 km
2017: 10.5 km (8.5 km)
2022: 8.0 km (6.0 km)

So it's more inbetween Geelong and Bergen.

Kolobnev was caught in 2012 (his two companions nearly too), Greg and EBH in 2015. It doesn't take many km.
 
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Rode the coastal roads that will be used for this race and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is not a pure sprinters course by any means.

This course is constantly undulating, with short 2-300 metre rises regularly popping up. It will flow nicely when you're fresh but will bite after 200kms.

The wind is going to split this big time, locals expect slight cross-headwinds to slight cross-tail depending on direction.

Roads are fairly narrow, with some centre traffic islands, some on the edges. Surfaces are generally good.

Descent of Mt Pleasant is shaded and winding. Good chance of a crash late in the race in one of the hairpins, the road surface doesn't get too much sun.

This is close to a coastal Amstel Gold and IMO has WvA and MVP written all over it. Riders from Matthews to Kwiato, maybe even Pogacar and Roglic can contend here
 
Rode the coastal roads that will be used for this race and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This is not a pure sprinters course by any means.

This course is constantly undulating, with short 2-300 metre rises regularly popping up. It will flow nicely when you're fresh but will bite after 200kms.

The wind is going to split this big time, locals expect slight cross-headwinds to slight cross-tail depending on direction.

Roads are fairly narrow, with some centre traffic islands, some on the edges. Surfaces are generally good.

Descent of Mt Pleasant is shaded and winding. Good chance of a crash late in the race in one of the hairpins, the road surface doesn't get too much sun.

This is close to a coastal Amstel Gold and IMO has WvA and MVP written all over it. Riders from Matthews to Kwiato, maybe even Pogacar and Roglic can contend here
Have you ridden the Geelong circuit as well? If so, how does it compare?
 
Anyone with more info on climbs on the coming world championships courses for the coming years? I guess next year will be fairly easy and Zürich hilly? Montreal in 2026 like the GP route? And hopefully the most difficult route since Innsbruck in Haute Savoie in 2027?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UCI_Road_World_Championships#Hosts
Pulled this from the General News Thread, credit to Devil’s Elbow. Seems to be a hilly circuit, and very technical based on a map provided below in that thread.
We have a profile for Glasgow 2023! Definitely harder than the Euros circuit.
 
Pulled this from the General News Thread, credit to Devil’s Elbow. Seems to be a hilly circuit, and very technical based on a map provided below in that thread.


seems slightly more dificult than the European championship circuit from 2018. The start/finish of the lap seemst to be 0.5 closer to Buchanan street. Then it looks the same till Park Circus. Then there seems 2 little bumps instead of 1 on the world circuit compares to the european circuit (school of art and glasgow college vs Blythswood Street). Which add a kilometer and a little bit between Park Circus and Montrose Street. Then it's very clear that Montrose Street is somewhat closer to the finish (1 k vs 3 k) and a small extra bump just before the finish.

So I would say it's more something comparable to the locale circuit in Leuven than something like Flanders hills or Amstel gold race). But I guess, the WC will not have a big loop with some more dificult hills like the worlds in Leuven had?
 
That's very interesting. Much more difficult than I originally thought. Has to be a suitable course for Van der Poel and Van Aert.
Racing will depends on what teams think is there best change of winning. Nations like Belgium, France, the Dutch will have very strong teams for a circuit like this (see Leuven). But will they be forced to make the race hard? Australia brings for example Ewan and France and Belgium thinks that Alaphillipe, Cosnefroy, van Aert and Evenepoel are there best shots at winning. The will race early and make sure to will get rid of the sprinters. But Belgium can also judge that other nations should make the race hard and they wait with van Aert and de Lie for the final. Same for the dutch. Will they bring a team to make the race as dificult as possible as support for MVdP (van Baarle, Mollema, ect.) or will they bring Jacobsen as a joker and let other teams make the race. Same for the italians of course.

Secondly, the weather will be important. The european championship was such an nice race, partly because the race became harder because of the horrible weather conditions. A race under 20 degrees, no wind and some sunshine will make it easier to just follow wheels all day.
 
Profile really has Richmond vibes but Richmond wasn't a very technical parcours on the long flat section.

But it did have one steep ramp.
well, that makes them not so comparable.

Richmond had one side of the circuit completely flat, without many corners. Here the circuit is non stop hilly and with lots of corners. Although non of the hills in Glasgow seems really difficult enough to drop half the peloton on one climb itself. Therefore, the situation will be depending on what kind of WC it will be. Are there 2/3 really strong teams to be forced to make it hard? (like france did in Leuven) Or they think they can count on the captains punch in the final? Or too many teams counting on a sprinter in their team or do the coaches read the circuit well and they leave the pure sprinters outside the team? Does the weather makes it more difficult? ect. ect.

Most important for this kind of circuit is if there is the correct balance between teams forced to make it hard and teams counting on a sprinter.
 
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At least the course next year certainly will ensure top competition. Van der Poel, Van Aert and Ala will certainly target this. Same for Mads P and Aussies like Ewan and Matthews. Kristoff, Demare and Philipsen. And while the course may not be ideal for Pog or Remco, the date right after TdF should make both of them turn up in good shape. Not many of the top one day riders will miss this one.
 
the topic made me curious what to expect for the next years:

2022 - Wollongong:

just for a comparison with the coming years circuits, the one from this year:



the typical 'classic rider' type of world circuit. A real punchy climb in the middle of the circuit, with just before already a short 8% bump. But also with 10+ k of nothing between every climb. We know the result already.

other circuits from the past:



2023 - Glasgow:

already discussed in the general discussion topic and her above:



2024 - Zurich:



a bit of a weird circuit. Climbs all in the first half of the lap. So all in 10 k a small bump, a steep wall, a somewhat longer climb, and some long false flat with steeper parts. Than a long downhill before to go back to Zurich. So, a lot of climbing in 10 kilometer. But also quite a long lap, so it tacks awhile before the riders will reach this part of the circuit again. Partly a dissapointing lap if you see what is possible around zurich and compared to the old circuits of the Züri-Metzgete . (old version with the regensberg, later editions with the Pfannenstiel). On the other hand, there is still enough possibility to race, without being it to hard so that riders can wait till the last lap. Dificult to predict, a lot of riders should be able to perform well on such a circuit (ok, no sprinters), from climber types, to more classic riders.





It has some similarities to the Bergen circuit, but a bit more dificult. Both races has the climbs in the first half of the circuit. The difference however is that the first bump in Zurich seems to be a real steep wall, the main climb is comparable, but a bit longer in Zurich, and afterwards there is still 1,5 k of something in between climbing and false flat. So hopefully it will be a more atractive race than in Bergen:



2025 - Rwanda:

The circuit is not know yet, but we can hope it will be something like this (circuit in the tour of Rwanda):



It would be a really unique event. Cobbles are rare in WC and cobbles on a climbers type of circuit even never happened before I guess in a WC. Besides, it would be africans first WC cycling.

2026 - Montreal

I haven't read anything about the route yet, maybe they use the same circut as the GP Montreal? It would be a very typical world championship circuit.



2027 - Haute Savoie

Finally after Salzburg a real climber friendly world championship. I haven't seen any route, but it could be something like in 1980, one of the hardest WC ever raced:

 
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Looking at the circuit more closely, @King Boonen made a good suggestion about going up North Portland Street instead of Montrose Street. Then you could descend the latter (so you wouldn't have to use the same road in both directions) and afterwards go up John Street and down North Frederick Street to George Square.

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I changed the approach to Kelvinbridge as well.
 
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Looking at the circuit more closely, @King Boonen made a good suggestion about going up North Portland Street instead of Montrose Street. Then you could descend the latter (so you wouldn't have to use the same road in both directions) and afterwards go up John Street and down North Frederick Street to George Square.

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I changed the approach to Kelvinbridge as well.
Wrong thread, but yes, that's a very good idea. John street adds hardly any climbing but I like the idea of breaking up that long dash down George Street. North Portland has a wider entrance, but is a harder climb, and having to deal with a descent like Montrose would up the technicality again.

For the West End mod, it's possible they may come off the roundabout on Eldon Street to Park Ave and enter the park round the back of the uni building. That keeps them going through the park as they may be planning some sort of event village there. They still might go through that get though, if they can make it safe it'd probably be the most interesting option.
 
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