2010 UCI Road World Championships Geelong Official Guide
On September 29th 2010 the 77th UCI Road World Championships will start in Geelong. This event is second only to the legendary Tour de France in terms of importance and prestige in international cycling and it will bring the best riders in the world to Australia.
The popularity of the Tour de France in Australia and the excitement created by it will flow on to create unprecedented interest in the World Championships.
The event will be held over 5 days of competition from 29th September to 3rd October and features Elite Men and Women competitors as well as Under 23 Men’s. Over 400 of the world’s best cyclists will descend on Melbourne to compete in Time Trial and Road Race events based in Geelong. In addition to the challenging courses set in Geelong for these competitors, for the first time in a World Championship, the Elite Men’s Road Race will begin in one city and finish in another with the start of the race in Melbourne, finishing with laps of the tough circuit in Geelong.
The World Championships have a rich history and have been won by famous cyclists such as Lance Armstrong, Eddie Merckx, Greg Lemond, Mario Cipollini as well as Australia’s Michael Rogers and current World Champion Cadel Evans. In 2010 a strong contingent of Australian riders will press for victory on home soil. The current Australian team will include a host of potential winners, including Cadel Evans, Michael Rogers,Matthew Goss, Simon Gerrans and Allan Davis, to name but a few.