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Women’s road races are getting longer, but is that good?

Women’s road races are getting longer, but is that good?

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Women’s world championships and Olympic road races are set to get longer from 2025, but is that a good thing?

Rules published by the UCI following a management committee meeting at the recent world championships in Australia show that an extra 20 kilometers will be added to the minimum and maximum distances for these. Instead of a bracket of 130km to 160km, the rules will allow for races of between 150km to 180km.

Distances for women’s races have long been a big topic of discussion and it is something that has only intensified as the sport has drastically developed over the last 10 years. For recently crowned world road race champion Annemiek van Vleuten , it is not a binary decision but a balancing act between distance and parcours .“Sometimes it depends on the course thing for me is always important that the organizer designs a route that will give us an interesting race,” Van Vleuten said in a recent press conference ahead of the Tour de Romandie Féminin. “You have the world championships in Qatar, for example, when we had that it could have been longer and it’s […]

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