The good news for cycling fans in 2020 is that there is a bumper packed end of season with the Tour ending on Sunday 20th of September the World Championships are due to start on Thursday 24th of September, then follows the Giro d’Italia, la Vuelta and the ‘Spring’ Classics. I guess Autumn is as close as you cna get to Spring without it being Spring.
Being held at Imola, Italy, the racing will follow the usual format of one race per day with the race schedule being as follows:
|Day 1: Thursday 24th September 2020|
|13:40 – Women’s Elite Time Trial|
|Day 2: Friday 25th September 2020|
|13:30 – Men’s Elite Time Trial|
|Day 3: Saturday 26th September 2020|
|11:35 – Women’s Elite Road Race|
|Day 4: Sunday 27th September 2020|
|08:45 – Men’s Elite Road Race|
The Time Trial course could be one of the fastest of all time with an average speed expected to be in excess of 50kph. it’s a flat parcous with a total of 200m climbing. The same course will be used for the men and women
In comparison the road race is brutal, a real test for the legs, the 28.8km circuit starts and finishes on the Enzo e Dino Ferrari automobile circuit. IT has two major climbs, the Mazzolano (2.8km at an average gradient of 5.9%, with a maximum gradient of 13%) and the Cima Gallisterna (2.7km at 6.4%, with segments of 14%). The steep, 1.3km mid-section of the Cima Gallisterna has an average gradient of 10.9%, with the summit coming 12km from the finish.