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A look at the world’s road course

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

By Andrew Hood

Start-finish is in the same spot in front of the Mirabellgarten along the Salzach River.

Start-finish is in the same spot in front of the Mirabellgarten along the Salzach River.

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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.

Ample grandstands should keep journalists and fans alike out of the sun with the best possible views.

Ample grandstands should keep journalists and fans alike out of the sun with the best possible views.

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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:

Flat and wide open, the roads skirt the Kapuzinerberg hill just across the river from the old town. There’s a …

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