The mixed team time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire is a new event. It's a relay, in which a national team of three men ride the course first, then hand over to a team of three women. The female riders start when the second man crosses the line; the final time is taken when the second woman crosses the line. The lowest total time wins.
This should be a fun and exciting event on the opening weekend of the Championships.
The race is two laps of the Harrogate circuit - the men ride the 14km loop first, then hand over to the women.
|Date||Sunday 22nd September 2019|
|Event classification||Mixed team time trial|
|Distance||2 x 14km|
The official race profile for the UCI 2019 mixed team time trial:
Timings to follow.
The start-finish point of the Harrogate circuit is on West Park, near the junction with Victoria Avenue and Beech Grove.
The competitors start off heading south on West Park, then when they reach the Prince of Wales roundabout, they turn right up Otley Road, which is a long, straight, steady drag uphill for three-quarters of its length. When they are level with the park on the right (Harlow Hill Recreation Ground), Otley Road levels off, then dips down past the Pine Marten pub and RHS Harlow Carr.
Finally, Otley Road flattens out for the last 1km or so to Beckwithshaw.
It's a right turn in Beckwithshaw, and the road (the B6161) takes the teams down to Oak Beck, then up Pot Bank.
They turn right when they reach the Jubilee Roundabout, and head down Penny Pot Lane to the narrow, weak bridge at the bottom, that takes them over Oak Beck. Then it's quite steeply up again, away from the beck.
The gradient eases as Penny Pot Lane turns into Cornwall Road then Harlow Moor Road.
The teams turn left on Harlow Moor Drive, which runs along the south side of the Valley Gardens, down to the Royal Pump Rooms.
Then it's left, back up the other side of the Valley Gardens. A right turn on Hereford Road takes the teams into a well-to-do residential area, with large houses, wide roads, and plenty of trees. It's fairly flat at first, but Kent Road descends to the A61 Ripon Road.
There, there's a sharp pull up to the crest of the hill, before plunging down towards Harrogate, and turning right on Swan Road. Swan Road leads back to the Royal Pump Rooms, and the sulphur water fountain that people drank to improve their health in the old days. Would drinking a glass of that liquid make you fail a doping control?
From the Royal Pump Rooms, all the teams have to do is bend left on Crescent Road, along the edge of the Crescent Gardens, then turn right up Parliament Street past the Turkish Baths and Bettys, to West Park and the start-finish point.
See more about the route on the UCI 2019 Harrogate circuit page.
The Dutch have some of the best time trialists on the men's side. They include:
Then consider the results of the women's individual time trial at the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, and it was a Dutch clean sweep of the podium.
Gold, silver, and bronze were:
in that order.
At the time of writing, I don't know who will be picked for the Dutch team, but they have so many strong riders against the clock that they are favourites.
The elite women's individual time trial at the UCI road World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire.
Read about the UCI 2019 elite women's ITT.
The Harrogate circuit is central to the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. The mixed team time trial is exclusively on it, and most of the other races will ride it after a route from elsewhere in Yorkshire. For example, the women's road race does three laps, and the men's road race does seven.