By Andrew Hood
The Salzburg circuit serves up a potentially explosive platform for this weekend’s world championship road races. The 22.3km circuit provides two climbs, the second of which is a short, but very steep wall, with grades up to 15 percent, that could blow open the races.
Road racing starts on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday:SaturdayUnder-23 men(7:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.)- 176.8km (8 laps), 1864m of climbingWomen (12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)- 132.6km (6 laps), 1398m of climbingSundayMen (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) – 265.2km (12 laps), 2796m of climbing
In order to convey a feel of what riders will be facing this weekend, VeloNews European correspondent Andrew Hood rented a bike from the local Hauptbahnof bike dealer (six euros for two hours) and rode the course in grand 12-speed city bike splendor. Here’s a look at what he saw: