Men Elite Road Race

Men Elite Road Race

The final event of the competition schedule, the highly anticipated Men Elite Road Race, will not disappoint fans and viewers from across the globe.

Starting in Helensburgh, as per the Women Elite peloton, the men will traverse the same track along the eastern Australian coast heading south into Wollongong centre.

The two additional race components will prove the true test for the athletes.

The Mount Keira loop features a substantial climb into the dramatic escarpment, peaking at 473m elevation. The mountain is favoured among local riders for its tough ascent stunning sub-tropical surrounds and the lightning-fast descent through Kembla Heights, Cordeaux Heights and out to Port Kembla steelworks, the industrial heart and economic birthplace of the city.

Wollongong City Circuit – which is also the course for the Junior and Under 23 riders – is a technical route through the suburbs of the city. However, the steady ascent along Mount Ousley Road to Mount Pleasant is deceptively tough – it features an average gradient of 7.7% and a maximum of 14% to reach a maximum elevation of 119m.

Format of events

Road Race: The event is a single ‘mass start’ road race, the winner being the first across the line at the completion of the full race distance. This is usually conducted as a circuit race of approximately 15 -25km which may start from another point before entering the circuit

Individual time trial (ITT): An event in which cyclists race alone against the clock on flat or rolling terrain, or up a mountain road. Cyclists start the race at different times so that each start is fair and equal

Team time trial mixed relay (TTT): A road-based bicycle race in which teams of cyclists race against the clock. Cyclists start the race at different times so that each start is fair and equal