The 2016 Olympic road race and time trial routes will take place against the picturesque backdrops of Rio de Janeiro, including the Copacabana beach

Olympic road race

Date: August 6
Route: 256.5km

Date: August 7
Route: 130.3km

Racing in national teams of up to five riders each, the Olympic Road Races are expected to attract a stellar field from around the globe. Rio’s route is tough and hilly, and is expected to favour Classics-style climbers such as Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali. Odds for the women’s race currently see the Netherlands’ Anna van der Breggen installed as favourite ahead of Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead.

The men will cover 256.4km in the road race, starting and finishing in Flamengo Park, as well as passing through iconic Rio locations including the Copacabana. The peloton will take on the ‘Grumari Circuit’ four times during the race, which contains the 1.2km, 7% average gradient Grumari climb and the 2.1km climb of Grota Funda which averages 4.5%.

There will also be a 2km cobble stone section on the course, though how much it resembles the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix wasn’t confirmed (not that much we’d expect).

The most difficult part of the course is likely to come on the second circuit section called the ‘Canoas/Vista Circuit’. With an 8.9km climb to tackle over three laps for the men, followed by a 6km descent, it’s likely that this might be where the race is decided prior to a 20km flat run-in to the finish.

The elite women will do the same course as the men, but will only take in 130.3km with one lap of the first circuit and one of the latter.

Olympic road race 2016Men’s road race profile


This could be one for the punchier riders

Olympic time trial

Date: August 10
Route: 59.6km

Date: August 10
Route: 29.8km

The Olympic time trial courses for men and women will use the Grumari Circuit, including the 1.2km climb, starting and finishing in Tim Maia Square.

The women will complete one lap of the 29.8km course, while the men will do two, making it a tough day out in the Rio sunshine for the time trialists over a 59.6km course.

olympic time trial course 2016Brian Cookson, who was present at the unveiling of the courses by the IOC in Monaco, said: “The UCI has been working closely with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and Mayor Paes on the road race and time trial courses for some time and I am delighted that the routes have now been agreed.

“The road race mixes some of Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic backdrops such as Copacabana and Ipanema with some really testing sections such as the Grumari Circuit and the climb up to Canoas/Vista Chinesa.

“The steep climb up Grumari Road, is sure to provide a unique test for time trial riders.”

Alexander Vinokourov and Marianne Vos took the gold medals in the road races at the last Olympics in London in 2012, while Bradley Wiggins and Kristin Armstrong took the time trial victories.

The men and women’s road races will take place on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 2016 respectively.

Both time trial events will take place on Wednesday, August 10 2016.

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