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World Gravel Championship 2022
« on: October 06, 2022, 23:52 »


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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to reveal the race routes for the first edition of the UCI
Gravel World Championships. The different races will take place in the Veneto region of Italy, the weekend
of 8-9 October 2022.

The races for the different categories will start in Vicenza then pass through Padova before arriving in the
municipality of Cittadella.

The courses will be about three-quarters made up of typical Italian white gravel sections – similar to those
found in the Strade Bianche, the well-known UCI WorldTour and UCI Women's WorldTour events – and
cobbled sections. The remaining quarter will be made up of asphalt roads. In the first 20 kilometres there are
two climbs totalling 3 km, one on gravel and one on asphalt, with gradients of around 10%. The course will
take in many important cultural sites in the region including the medieval walled city of Cittadella, which is
located 25 km north-east of Vicenza and will host the finish.

The women (Women Elite and all age categories) and the men in the 50+ age categories will compete on
Saturday, on a course of 140 km with 700 m of ascent. The Men Elite will compete on Sunday over 190 km
with 800 m of ascent: the same course as Saturday plus two laps of 25km. Men in the age groups 19-49 years
will also race on Sunday, completing one extra lap for a total distance of 165km.

The Men Elite and Women Elite riders – members of UCI-registered teams or with a wild card from their
National Federation – who win their event will be awarded the UCI World Champion's rainbow jersey. Riders
taking part in the mass participation events for their respective age category will compete for the UCI World
Champion jersey specially designed for the age group winners. Races in the different categories will start in
waves with small intervals.

https://assets.ctfassets.net/761l7gh5x5an/5pVw5fD88XkQ59ToYA3MTz/dba5e7cb98568fa70103edc170de38de/PRESS_RELEASE_-_The_UCI_reveals_race_routes_for_first_UCI_Gravel_World_Championships.pdf

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An unofficial Gravel Worlds has been held annually in Nebraska, USA, for the past 12 years, but last year, the UCI decided it wanted a slice of the popular gravel pie as well. At the start of 2022, the UCI debuted a 12-event UCI Gravel World Series and announced the first-ever UCI Gravel World Championships, where an ‘official’ rainbow jersey —instead of a pirate sword— will be on offer.

https://www.velonews.com/news/gravel/uci-gravel-world-championships-start-list-revealed/

Small presentation here :


Startlists for both women and men are here


Now it begs the questions : Will the winners get a rainbow jersey ? And will they be entitled to race the Strade Bianche with it on, thereby forcing Remco Evenepoel to race it with his team's jersey if he chooses to race it next year ?  :lol





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    Re: World Gravel Championship 2022
    « Reply #1 on: October 07, 2022, 18:09 »
    A couple of rhetorical things I'd like to know as I don't know/follow this type of racing and maybe only have a superficial view on it.

    1 - Is the gravel community interested in this race? I thought they'd be against the UCI sticking their fingers into their pie and does it really fit in with the laissez faire, almost non-pro attitude that they seem to give off? Or is that attitude all talk and really they're just money-grabbers like everyone else?

    2 - Are the regular gravel riders cheesed off that the big road names are parachuting in for this one race? Surely it's similar to CX fans/riders getting annoyed with MVDP and WVA (or Stybar going a bit further back) just turning up for a handful of races through the winter and then crushing the opposition at the Worlds.
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    Re: World Gravel Championship 2022
    « Reply #2 on: October 07, 2022, 20:00 »
    With respect to your second question, I don't think the situation can be compared. When Stybar won his last World title in 2014, he was fresh after a road off-season in winter while the regular cyclocross racers were tired and exhausted after a long winter season. In this case, road riders are tired at the end of a long and exhaustive road season (I don't enough about gravel racing to comment about them). So if they are annoyed, it might be because they lack talent compared to road racers (and jealousy ?).
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    Re: World Gravel Championship 2022
    « Reply #3 on: October 08, 2022, 13:33 »
    https://www.hln.be/wielrennen/live-wk-gravel-zo-14u-greg-van-avermaet-je-kan-dit-niet-vergelijken-met-de-strade-bianche-ook-van-der-poel-en-sagan-aan-de-start~adeb3c06/

    Greg Van Avermaet will race the championship instead of Paris-Tours at BMC's request.

    He says that this race doesn't compare to the Tuscan Strade Bianche which is known for its steep climbs. In this case, you have climbs in the first 30 km but it's panflat thereafter. The major difference between Strade Bianche and this race is that the paths in Veneto are narrower, which means that positioning gets even more essential.
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    Re: World Gravel Championship 2022
    « Reply #4 on: October 08, 2022, 14:18 »
    2 - Are the regular gravel riders cheesed off that the big road names are parachuting in for this one race? Surely it's similar to CX fans/riders getting annoyed with MVDP and WVA (or Stybar going a bit further back) just turning up for a handful of races through the winter and then crushing the opposition at the Worlds.
    They certainly seem very fed up that riders with UCI road racing points get the front of the start grid, while those that have been racing gravel all the time are stuck behind them, and the route apparently gets very narrow after 500m.  Appears to be not so much a handicapping system, more a case of getting the better known faces in front of the cameras.   None of the starting at the back like Pidcock had to do in the MTB WC for van der Poel here.
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    Re: World Gravel Championship 2022
    « Reply #5 on: October 09, 2022, 22:20 »
    It looked quite enjoyable to watch. In somehow it looked like a giant cyclocross in dry conditions and with a little bit more asphalt sections. It reminds me a bit of the 2008 Cyclocross World Championship which Lars Boom won. Dry conditions, very fast race, road-like.

    Gotta love the section near the river. Thank God they did not miss their turns otherwise, they could have taken a bath.  :D

    By the way, it also looked weird to see Greg Van Avermaet and Mathieu van der Poel combining their efforts to bridge the gap with leader Gianni Vermeersch. Mathieu is Gianni's regular teammate at Alpecin while Greg is supposed to be Gianni's teammate of the day in the national squad. Nice win for Vermeersch after a long range attack.





    1     Gianni VERMEERSCH *be   5:10:40
    2    Daniel OSS    *it   5:11:24
    3    Mathieu VAN DER POEL    *nl   5:12:09
    4    Greg VAN AVERMAET    *be   5:12:10
    5    Yevgeniy FEDOROV    KZK   5:12:19
    6    Magnus CORT-NIELSEN    *dk   5:12:20
    7    Alessandro DE MARCHI    *it   5:12:21
    8    Zdenek STYBAR    *cz   5:12:26
    9    Davide BALLERINI    *it   5:12:34
    10    Andreas STOKBRO NIELSEN    *dk   5:13:23
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