Rio 2016 Olympic Road Race and Time Trial: route, map and schedule

The 2016 Olympic road race and time trial routes will take place against the picturesque backdrops of Rio de Janeiro, including the Copacabana beach

Olympic Games 2016 cycling road race

Saturday, August 6
09:30-16:15 (local time) | 13:30-20:15 (UK time)
Number of competitors: 144

Date: Sunday, August 7
12:15-16:35 (local time) | 16:15-20:35 (UK time)
Route: 136.9km
Number of competitors: 67

Racing in national teams of up to five riders each, the 2016 Olympic1 Games Road Races have attracted a stellar field2 from around the globe. Rio s route is tough and hilly, and is expected to favour Classics riders and climbers such as Alejandro Valverde3 (Spain), Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) and Vincenzo Nibali (Italy). Odds for the women s race currently see the Netherlands Anna van der Breggen installed as favourite ahead of Great Britain s Lizzie Armitstead4. The men will cover 237.5km in the road race, starting and finishing in Flamengo Park, as well as passing through iconic Rio locations including the Copacabana. The peloton will take on the Grumari Circuit four times during the race, which contains the 1.2km, 9 per cent average gradient Grumari climb and the 2.1km climb of Grota Funda which averages 4.5 per cent.

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There will also be a 2km cobble stone section on the course, though how much it resembles the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix6 wasn t confirmed (not that much we d expect). The most difficult part of the course is likely to come on the second circuit section called the Vista Chinesa Circuit . With an 8.9km climb to tackle over three laps for the men, followed by a 6km descent, it s likely that this might be where the race is decided prior to a 20km flat run-in to the finish.

The elite women will do the same course as the men, but will take in 136.9km with two laps of the first circuit and one of the latter.

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