The riders clip into their pedals on the shores of Loch Lomond. The lake is situated on the border between the Scottish Highlands and lowlands of Central Scotland. It lies soms 20 kilometres to the northwest of Glasgow.
It takes the riders three times a long to reach Glasgow’s city circuit. Via a northern loop they reach the Crow Road climb, which also featured on the men’s race. The climb is 5.6 kilometres long and averaging 4%. From here, the riders descend into the Glasgow finishing circuit.
Entering from Glasgow’s west end after a lttle over 100 kilometres, the riders complete six full laps of a 14.3 kilometres circuit. It’s very technical with punchy short climbs and plenty of turns – 42, to be precise. The Montrose Street climb stands out with 200 metres at 7.7%, but it doesn’t come in isolation. There are several similar pinches per lap.
Most important of Montrose Street is its proximity to the finish. From the top, there’s just 1.5 kilometres to the line via a technical downhill run-in with five corners to negotiate. Moreover, there’s a tight chicane with 750 metres to go. Two lefthand turns before the final 400 metres are dead straight.
World Cycling Championships 2023, road race women – Glasgow, Scotland
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