Starting at Copacabana, the riders race along Ipanema and Barra to Grumari Natural Park, located west of the city. The first climb is the Grumari – 1.2 kilometre at 7% with a steepest section 13%. The road is narrow so it’s essential to be up front at the foot of the climb.
Grota Funda is next, a 2.1 kilometres climb at 4.5% with a maximum grade at 6%. So that’s doable, albeit the Grumari Natural features something extra: a cobbled sector of 2 kilometres.
eading back to Rio, just before Ipanema the National Park Serra da Tijuca ushers the riders in for a second inland spin. The two-stage climb up Canoas and Vista Chinesa leads to an elevation of 715 metres, while the two climbs total 8.9 kilometres. The steepest section brings a 18% grade.
When cresting, the top offers magnificent views over Rio. But not for long, as a technical 6 kilometres drop takes the riders down before a flat section at 10.7 kilometres brings the riders back to the finish line at Copacabana.
The route of the women’s road race at the Summer Olympics in Rio is both a climbers and a spectators dream.
Results/race report olympic road race for women.
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Route road race for women
Route Vista Chinesa Circuit
Route Grumari Circuit
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