When and where are the UCI Road World Championships?

The 2017 UCI Road Cycling World Championships take place in Bergen, Norway in September.

Presentations will be held on Saturday September 16, with the first races on Sunday September 17. The final race will take place on Sunday September 24.

There’s more information about the schedule for the week below, as well as maps and descriptions of the race courses.

What are the UCI Road World Championships?

UCI Road World Championship titles are contested for road race, individual time trial and team time trial events.

In the road race and individual TT, there are categories for elite men, elite women, junior men, under-23 men and junior women. The TTT is run using trade rather than national teams.

Winners of the senior individual time trial and road race earn the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey of world champion for the following 12 months in that discipline.

In 2018, the World Championships will move to Innsbruck (Austria) and the 2019 edition will take place in Yorkshire (Great Britain).



UCI Road World Championships 2017 schedule

  • Opening ceremony: Saturday September 16 at 19:30-20:30
  • Women’s Team Time Trial: Sunday September 17 at 12:05-13:55
  • Men’s Team Time Trial: Sunday September 17 at 13:35-17:25
  • Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial: Monday September 18 at 10:35-11:50
  • Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial: Monday September 18 at 13:05-17:35
  • Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial: Tuesday September 19 at 11:35-13:30
  • Women Elite Individual Time Trial: Tuesday September 19 at 15:55-17:15
  • Men’s Elite Time Trial: Wednesday September 20 at 13:05-17:45
  • Women’s Junior Road Race: Friday September 22 at 10:05-12:15
  • Men’s Under 23 Road Race: Friday September 22 at 13:15-17:35
  • Women’s Elite Road Race: Saturday September 23 at 13:15-17:15
  • Men’s Junior Road Race: Saturday September 23, time TBC
  • Men’s Elite Road Race: Sunday September 24 at 10:05-16:50

UCI World Championship 2017 courses

UCI World Championships Team Time Trial Course

Both men and women will ride the same course, which starts in Askøy archipelago just outside Bergen. Teams will head south, with the early part of the course being quite flat. Turning east, the route winds out to the fjord to the centre of Kleppestø and over the Askøy Bridge.

On the Bergen side of the bridge, riders will find a 4km technical section, followed by a 600 climb with an average gradient of 10 per cent at Loddefjord. The following 10km are flat, before the second 3km climb to Birkelundsbakken, which has an average gradient of 6 per cent, and some steeper pitches of 16 per cent. There is a 0.6km section of cobbles near Bryggen, then the course finishes with some more technical roads around the harbour and historical buildings at Bryggen.

UCI World Championships Team Time Trial Course

UCI World Championships Team Time Trial Course

UCI World Championships Individual Time Trial Course

Distances for the individual time trial courses vary depending upon the rider category:

  • Junior women: 1 short lap, 16.1km
  • Elite women: 1 long lap, 21.1km
  • Junior men: 1 long lap, 21.1km
  • Under 23 men: 1 long lap + 1 short lap, 37.2km
  • Elite men: 2 laps plus Mount Floyen finish, 31km
UCI World Championships Individual Time Trial Course

UCI World Championships Individual Time Trial Course, women and juniors

All of the circuits start by Grieghallen and finish by Festplassen, running towards Lake Nordåsvannet. All riders, except the junior women, will ride up the Birkelundsbakken – a climb that’s 1.4km long with an average gradient of 7.2 per cent and a max of 9.1 per cent.

The elite men will face a slightly different challenge, with a summit finish on Mount Floyen which is 3.4km long and has an average gradient of 9.1 per cent and peaks of 10.2 per cent.

UCI World Championships Individual Time Trial Course, men's

UCI World Championships Individual Time Trial Course, men’s

UCI World Championships Road Race Course

All riders will cover the same 19.1 km course – though distances will vary and the male juniors and elite men will complete an extra 40km stretch – which starts at Rong and is relatively flat.

UCI World Championships Road Race Course

UCI World Championships Road Race Course additional 40 km loop for elite men and junior men

The circuit departs starts with a flat 200m, well-lit tunnel, then crosses the Puddefjords Bridge. There’s a short 500m climb 2km in at Solheimsviken, and another longer 1km climb with a 5 per cent gradient at 5km.

There’s a flat stretch before riders will need to prepare for the climb up Mount Ulriken – a 1.4km ascent with an average gradient of 6.5 per cent. The climb gives way to a technical descent before a flat run into the city centre.

UCI World Championships Road Race Course

UCI World Championships Road Race Course

2016 world champions who won in Doha (Qatar)

  • Women’s team time trial: Boels-Dolmans Report
  • Men’s team time trial: Etixx-QuickStep Report
  • Junior women’s time trial: Karlijen Swinkels (Netherlands) Report | Preview
  • Under-23 men’s time trial: Marco Mathis (Germany) Report | Preview
  • Junior men’s time trial: Brandon McNulty (USA) Report | Preview
  • Elite women’s time trial: Amber Neben (USA) Report | Start list | Preview
  • Elite men’s time trial: Tony Martin (Germany) Report | Start list | Preview
  • Under-23 men’s road race: Kristoffer Halvorsen (Norway) Report
  • Junior women’s road race: Elisa Balsamo (Italy) Report
  • Junior men’s road race: Jakob Egholm (Denmark) Report
  • Elite women’s road race: Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) Report | Preview | Start list
  • Elite men’s road race: Peter Sagan (Slovakia) ReportPreview | Start list

Previous World Championship locations

  • 2016   Doha (Qatar)
  • 2015   Richmond, Virginia (USA)
  • 2014   Ponferrada (Spain)
  • 2013   Toscana (Italy)
  • 2012   Limburg (The Netherlands)
  • 2011   Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2010   Melbourne (Australia)

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