UPDATE 18 August: The UCI has finally created and released a specific website for the 2022 UCI Gravel World Championships HERE.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced in a press release today the race routes and host cities for the first (and second) editions of the UCI Gravel World Championships in Italy, albeit a little late with the event now just four weeks away.
The UCI Gravel World Championship races, organized by ex-pro Filippo “Pippo” Pozzato, will start in Vicenza, then race through Padova before arriving in the city of Cittadella in the northern Veneto region of Italy on 8-9 October 2022.
White “strade bianche” gravel, cobbles and a bit of asphalt make up the route, which includes multiple laps depending on distance. In the first 20 kilometres two 10% gradient climbs totalling 3 km, one on gravel and one on asphalt, are likely to quickly thin out the field.
Riders in the Men Elite and Women Elite categories (riders on registered pro teams or benefiting from a wildcard entry) who win their event will be awarded a white with rainbow stripes UCI World Champion’s jersey. Amateur riders in the mass participation age/gender categories will compete for a different UCI World Champion jersey, similar to those awarded at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
The Women Elite category and the men 50+ age categories will race on Saturday for 140km with 700 meters of climbing. The Men Elite will compete on Sunday over 190km with 800m vertical using the same Saturday course plus two 25km laps. Also on Sunday, the Men’s 19-49 categories will race for a total distance of 165km.
As is the case with past UCI Gravel World Championship announcements, it did not provide detailed venue information, race maps, registration procedure or a specific website for the event.
To participate riders must have qualified at a UCI Gravel World Series event or receive a wildcard entry from their national federation. Only two qualifying events remain, Gravel One Fifty in The Netherlands 17 September and Ranxo Gravel 18 September in Spain.
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