REVIEW 25.09.2018


  • Further information for 26.09.2018 (favourites, races, side events, evening events) here
  • Updated TV Roadbooks 26.09.2018 
  • Facts and figures about the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in English and Italian
  • Media After Work Drinks starting at 20:30 at Bar Moustache, Herzog Otto Strasse 8, Innsbruck


Up next: 27.09.2018 (Road Race Women Junior and Men Junior)

The favourites

Women Junior: From 9:10 (start in Rattenberg) to 11:15 (estimated finish in Innsbruck). Distance: 71.7km. 2017 winner: Elena Pirrone (Ita). Among the favourites: Laura Stigger (Aut), Desiet Kidane Tekeste (Eri); Georgi Pfeiffer (GBR); Jade Wiel (Fra); Hannah Ludwig (Ger); Vittoria Guazzini (Ita); Rozemarijn Ammerlaan (Ned); Marta Jaskulska (Pol); Aigul Gareeva (Rus); Daria Malkova (Rus); Olga Kulynych (Ukr).

Men Junior: From 14:40 (start in Kufstein) to 18:15 (estimated finish in Innsbruck). Distance: 132.4km. 2017 winner: Julius Johansen (Den). Among the favourites: Remco Evenepoel (Bel); Soren Waerenskjold (Nor); Ilan Van Wilder (Bel); Alex Martin (Spa); Marius Mayrhofer (Ger); Axel Van der Tuuk (Ned); Alexandre Balmer (Sui); Carter Turnbull (Aus); Karel Vacek (Cze); Andrew Vollmer (USA); Hugo Page (Fra); Antonio Tiberi (Ita).

Race information

Road Race Women Junior
  • Time: 9:10 – 11:15
  • Start: Alpbachtal Seenland, Rattenberg, Stadtplatz – Südtirolerstraße
  • Finish: Innsbruck, Hofburg, Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck
Key feature:
  • The very steep climb to Gnadenwald which is 2.6km in length and has a maximum gradient of 14%.
Race details:
  • Neutral start: real start after 1.5 km
  • Race distance: 70.2 km
Circuit: 47.9 km + 1 short lap 23.8 km

The Women Junior Road Race will start in Rattenberg. The first section from Rattenberg to Pill is a classic flat road race. After 25 kilometres the riders reach Pill, where they will cross over to the other side of the valley and continue via Terfens to Gnadenwald. The very steep climb to Gnadenwald is 2.6km in length and has a maximum gradient of 14%. The riders then build up speed through the villages of Absam, Thaur, Rum and Arzl before finally reaching Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital they embark on one lap of the 24km Olympic Circuit including an 8km climb from Innsbruck to the bottom station of the cable car onto the Patscherkofel mountain, which hosted downhill skiing events at the 1964 and 1976 Olympics. The riders then descend at top speed through the village of Igls, past the Bergisel ski jump and the Olympic Stadium into the centre of Innsbruck, where the race concludes in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

Men Junior Road Race
  • Time: 14:40 – 18:15
  • Start: Kufstein, Oberer Stadtplatz
  • Finish: Innsbruck, Hofburg, Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck
Key feature:
  • The Angerberg climb and the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%) will sap the riders’ strength.
Race details:
  • Neutral start: real start after 5.6 km
  • Race distance: 126.8 km
Circuit: 84.8 km + 2 short laps 23.8 km

Starting from the main square in the centre of Kufstein, this very selective course takes riders through the town and then along the length of the Inn Valley to Innsbruck. Strong riders will look to break away on the section from Schwoich to Bad Häring. From the village of Langkampfen the route leads to Maria Stein, a popular place of pilgrimage. The following Angerberg climb should not be underestimated and will sap the riders’ strength. After passing through the Seenregion, known for its beautiful lakes, the course remains flat all the way to Schwaz. The first major highlight of the course will be the steep climb to Gnadenwald (max. gradient 14%). From there it is a fast run down from Axams to Innsbruck. Once in the regional capital, riders complete two laps of the Olympic Circuit. Even before reaching the Olympic Circuit the riders will already have 90 kilometres of tough riding in their legs from Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Olympic Circuit
The Olympic Circuit starts in the Museumstraße road in the centre of Innsbruck and leads past the Sillpark shopping centre, the Tivoli open-air swimming pool, the Tivoli football stadium (home to the FC Wacker Innsbruck football team) and up to Ambras Castle. It is here that the climb begins in earnest, a 7.9km ascent with a maximum gradient of 10% passing through the villages of Aldrans and Lans on the way to the bottom of the Patscherkofel cable car. After cresting the climb near the bottom station of the Patscherkofel cable car, riders turn right and descend at high speed through the villages of Igls and Vill, past the Bergisel ski jump to the Tivoli football stadium, over the Olympiabrücke bridge and into the centre of the city. There they pass the victory arch, ride along the main shopping thoroughfare and into the oldtown. From the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most recognisable attraction, the course continues over the Innbrücke bridge up through the very narrow Höttinger Gasse road to the Höttinger Platzl square, where riders turn right and descend once again down through the Riedgasse road to the finish in front of the Hofburg imperial palace.

The Road Race
The riders start together in a bunch (mass start). UCI Worlds are usually organised on a circuit that riders cover several times (number of laps depends on the category of riders). The total distance of the race is 250-280km for Men Elite and 130-160km for Women Elite. The first rider to cross the finish line is the winner. 
The road race circuit is the key element of every World Championships. It must be completed a different number of times and in different variations depending on the race. This loop is widely seen as the place where the road races will be won and lost. In the case of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol the road race circuit has been designed to suit the climbers in the peloton.
The route of the Olympic Circuit is identical for the Men Junior, Men Under 23, Women Elite and Men Elite races. Riders in the Men Junior category will complete two laps, the Men Under 23 three laps, the Women Elite four laps and the Men Elite seven laps. The Men Elite Road Race will also ride up the infamous Höll climb once before descending into the city centre to the finish line.

Side events

  • 9:00-19:00: EXPO at Landhausplatz square in the centre of Innsbruck (Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz) – 10 minutes walk from the finish area
  • EXPO, fan zones and live screens in Kufstein
  • 17:00: Daniels Music Club in Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • Presentation ceremonies in the finish area in Innsbruck after the conclusion of the races
  • From 19:30 in the finish area: Ö3 Seiler und Speer concert

The expo taking place at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol will give a range of exhibitors the chance to showcase their latest products and innovations from the world of cycling. From international bike brands to equipment manufacturers and famous names from the sporting scene in Innsbruck and Tyrol, the expo is the place to be for all those who love cycling and bike tech.
Visitors are invited to test the latest products and learn more about the current trends in the cycling scene. There will also be a fan zone with a huge video wall as well as local food & drink. The expo will take place on the Landhausplatz square in the centre of Innsbruck and will be open to everyone free of charge.

Seiler und Speer
Day six of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships will welcome the cult Austrian duo Seiler & Speer performing some of their legendary songs such as “Ham kummst”, “I Was Made” and “I kenn di vo wo”. Their album “Ham kummst” has been certified quintuple platinum and marked the start of an incredible success story that has seen them perform countless sold-out gigs throughout the German-speaking world. After taking a break over winter they have decided to perform only a few concerts in 2018 – one of them being at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. Definitely one of the musical highlights of the week!


  • If possible, try and leave your car at home today. We recommend using the local public transport network – it is completely free of charge for holders of a finish area ticket, and there will be even more trains running than usual in order to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. The trains between Wörgl and Kufstein will have extra carriages fitted to transport more passengers.
  • Innsbruck main railway station will not be reachable by car during the races. Trains will stop additionally at Innsbruck west station and Rum main station. Those stations are reachable by car.
  • Stay up to date in real time with public transport timetables at and using the VVT SmartRide App.
  • All the latest traffic and travel information is available at and via the ÖAMTC App.
  • Click on the following link for information about parking around Innsbruck

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