By Casey B. Gibson
The UCI’s world time trial and road championships are slated to begin on Wednesday in Mendrisio, Switzerland, but riders from all over are already plying the roads in preparation.
Photographer Casey Gibson spent Tuesday on the time trial course as riders tested their legs and adjusted their bikes for two days of racing against the clock.
Elite women and U23 men will race Wednesday, with the elite men taking center stage on Thursday.
Road racing begins Saturday with the elite women and U23s, and the elite men’s road race wrapping up events on Sunday.
The 2009 UCI World Road and Time Trial Championships
September 23 – 27
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, September 23:
Men’s U23 Time Trial (33.2km): 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Elite Women’s Time Trial (26.8km): 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 24:
Elite Men’s Time Trial (49.8km): 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 26:
Elite Women’s Road Race (124.2km): 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Men’s U23 Road Race (179.4km): 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, September 27:
Elite Men’s Road Race (262.2km): 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.