UCI Road World Championships 2022 preview and schedule

Everything you need to know about the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia

The UCI Road World Championships are one of the pinnacles of cycle sport, races most riders can only dream of winning in their career.

The winner of a race at the World Championships is bestowed with the honour of wearing the rainbow jersey for the next calendar, illustrating at every race in which they compete that they have conquered the world's best riders on the biggest of stages. What's more, their names are added to a roll of honour that features some of the sport's greatest champions.

While the elite road races are the climax of the events in the Worlds week, there are plenty more races to enjoy across the varying age categories.

This year's festival of racing takes place in south eastern Australia in Wollongong, New South Wales between September 18 and September 25. It's the first time the Road World Championships have returned to Australia since 2010, when the races were held in Geelong, and the first time they've taken place outside of Europe since the 2016 Worlds in Qatar.

There are 11 events in this year's Worlds, beginning with the elite men's and women's individual time trials on the opening day. The junior and under-23 races then take place over the following two days.

The individual time trials and the road races are broken up by the mixed team relay on the Wednesday before events paise on Thursday. The weekend will then host the various road races, with the elite men's road race rounding off the week on Sunday.

As usual the courses are long and demanding, truly testing the endurance and strength of everyone who turns up to compete. Click through the link to read a full preview of the Road World Championship 2022 courses.

The race favourites are clearer now the final build-up races have taken place, and riders will now be fine tuning their form Down Under ahead of competition.

Find out who the favourites are through the links below, and see the full schedule of events listed below.

- Road World Championships 2022 elite men's time trial favourites

Road World Championships 2022 elite women's time trial favourites

- Road World Championships 2022 elite men's road race favourites

- Road World Championships 2022 elite women's road race favourites

Sunday September 18

Women’s Elite Individual Time trial

Where: Wollongong

When: 00:35 - 03:30 (BST)

Men's Elite Individual Time Trial

Where: Wollongong

When: 04:30 - 08:00 (BST)

Monday September 19

Men's Under-23 Individual Time Trial

Where: Wollongong

When: 04:20 - 08:00 (BST)

Tuesday September 20

Women's Junior Individual Time Trial

Where: Wollongong

When: 00:35 - 02:06 (BST)

Men's Junior Individual Time Trial

Where: Wollongong

When: 04:20 - 08:01 (BST)

Wednesday September 21

Mixed Relay

Where: Wollongong

When: 05:20 - 08:03 (BST)

Friday September 23

Men's Junior Road Race

Where: Wollongong

When: 11:35 (September 22) - 03:00 (BST)

Men's Under-23 Road Race

Where: Wollongong

When: 04:00 - 08:16 (BST)

Saturday September 24

Women's Junior Road Race

Where: Wollongong

When: 23:00 (September 23) - 00:53 (BST)

Elite Women's Road Race

Where: Helensburgh (start), Wollongong (finish)

When: 02:55 - 08:00 (BST)

Sunday September 25

Elite Men's Road Race

Where: Helensburgh (start), Wollongong (finish)

When: 01:00 - 07:51 (BST)

How to watch

In Europe the UCI Road World Championships will be broadcast live on Eurosport and the Eurosport app.

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