In this Article, we’ll delve into the details of the event, the route,How to Watch UCI World Road Championships 2023, and a recap of last year’s championship.
The year’s most anticipated event in the world of cycling has arrived – the 2023 UCI World Road Championships. Held in Glasgow, Scotland, this prestigious competition promises to be a thrilling spectacle, with riders from all over the globe vying for the coveted rainbow jersey in the men’s elite road race. The championship is now part of a mega 10-day festival, bringing together 13 championships, making it the Olympics of cycling.
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How to Watch UCI World Road Championships 2023
The New Format and Calendar:
The UCI World Road Championships this year are adopting a new format, gathering all major cycling disciplines every four years for a “mega” event. This means that road, mountain bike, track, BMX, indoor, trials, gran fondo, and para-cycling championships will now take place on the same dates and at the same location, creating a true celebration of cycling. To revive the tradition of crowning world road race champions a few weeks after the Tour de France, the championship now starts two months earlier than usual.
The elite men’s road race will cover an extensive 271km route, starting in Edinburgh and concluding in Glasgow. The first 120km of the race takes the riders across the picturesque Firth of Forth and through some hills north of Glasgow, featuring the challenging Crow Road climb. However, the true test for the riders will be the 14.3km circuit through downtown Glasgow, which they will traverse ten times. This technical circuit with tight roads, corners, and decorative cobbles will be a decisive factor in determining the race’s winner. The final ascent of Montrose Street, just 2km from the finish line, will be the focal point for the race’s finale.
The Elite Men’s Race:
The championship is set to be an exciting race, with teams and riders strategically conserving energy during the tricky downtown circuits. A small group of elite riders is expected to pull away or survive, leading to a thrilling sprint to the finish line to decide the winner. The Belgian national team, consisting of Remco Evenepoel, the defending champion, Wout van Aert, an attacking and sprinting force, and Jasper Philipsen, a proficient field sprinter, seems to be the one to watch out for in the race.
How to Watch:
For viewers in the USA and Canada, FloBikes offers live and on-demand streaming of the UCI World Championships. The race begins at 4:30 a.m. EDT, but the most exciting moments are expected in the final 4 or 5 laps at around 9:00 a.m. EDT, with the race concluding by 10:45 a.m. EDT.
2023 UCI Road World Championships Schedule:
The championship features a comprehensive schedule, including various events and disciplines spread over several days. Here is a rundown of the major events:
August 5 Schedule:
- Women Junior Road Race
- Men Junior Road Race
August 6 Schedule:
- Men Elite Road Race
August 8 Schedule:
- Team Time Trial Mixed Relay
August 9 Schedule:
- Men U23 Time Trial
August 10 Schedule:
- Women Junior Time Trial
- Women Elite Time Trial (includes Women U23)
August 11 Schedule:
- Men Junior Time Trial
- Men Elite Time Trial
August 12 Schedule:
- Men U23 Road Race
August 13 Schedule:
- Women Elite Road Race (includes Women U23)
Recap of Last Year’s Championship:
Recalling the 2022 UCI World Road Championships held in Australia, Remco Evenepoel emerged as the champion in the men’s elite road race. Despite being part of a strong team, pre-race favorite Wout van Aert could only manage a disappointing fourth place, unable to chase down Evenepoel, who soloed to victory.
As the world comes together to witness the pinnacle of road cycling in the beautiful landscapes of Scotland, the 2023 UCI World Road Championships promise to be a thrilling and unforgettable experience for both riders and fans. With a new format and an exciting route, the championship is set to be a celebration of the sport and its champions. Tune in to witness the drama, the excitement, and the glory of cycling’s biggest event – the UCI World Road Championships.