Riders respond to women's Olympic road race route which 'does not signal equality'

"The signal that goes out from these different course types for men and women is not [one of] equality" - says 2012 Olympic champion Marianne Vos

Annemiek van Vleuten at Rio 2016 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The route for the 2020 Olympic road race has been met with a mixture of discontent and disappointment - both from fans and riders.

The men's race for the Tokyo games looks like it will be one of lively excitement, but the women's event skips the key features of Mount Fuji and the Mikuni Pass - decisive climbs which would typically create exciting viewing.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.