2016 Rio Olympics road cycling courses confirmed

Road race circuit includes several short, steep climbs and cobblestones. The time trial course offers a bit of climbing as well

The UCI and Rio 2016 organizing committee confirmed the 2016 Olympic road race and time trial courses on Tuesday. The men’s road race will be 256.4km long, and the women will race 130.3km, on August 6 and 7, 2016, respectively.

UPDATE: The men’s and women’s road races will start and finish at Fort Copacabana.

Olympic road race route features

• Start and finish at Fort Copacabana
• Pass through Ipanema, Barra, and Reserva Beaches.
• Laps of the Grumari Circuit (one lap for women and four laps for men). The circuit includes two climbs: Grumari, a narrow climb and descent, which averages seven percent over 1.2km, with a maximum gradient of 13 percent and the Grota Funda climb which averages 4.5 percent over 2.1km, with a maximum gradient of six percent. The circuit also includes a cobblestone section of two kilometers.
• Laps of the Canoas/Vista Chinesa Circuit (one for women and three for men). The circuit starts with Canoas climb, then the Vista Chinesa climb — 8.9km uphill — followed by a technical, six-kilometer descent.

“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,” said UCI president Brian Cookson at an IOC meeting in Monaco. While the time trial course also includes the challenging topography of the area. The steep climb up Grumari Road is sure to provide a unique test for time trial riders.”

The Grumari time trial course will be 29.8km long and use the Grumari Circuit of the road race that includes the 1.2km climb up Grumari Road. The TT will start and finish in Tim Maia Square along Pontal Beach. The women will complete one lap and the men will complete two laps of the the circuit. Both events will be held August 10, 2015.

“The Olympic road race has historically incorporated iconic backdrops, and Rio 2016 will be no exception,” said Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. “The eyes of the world will see the world’s best riders race alongside some of Rio’s well-known sites such as Copacabana and Ipanema. The route will also showcase areas of our great city that are less well-known internationally such as Vista Chinesa.”