The 2010 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships are being held this year in Geelong, Australia from September 29 through October 3. Geelong is located about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southwest of Melbourne in the southeastern most state of Victoria. The five-day event will feature both men’s and women’s road and time trial races. A total of 1500 athletes from over 50 countries will be participating according to the official Geelong world’s website. The number of expected spectators is 300,000 and the television audience is expected to be 200 million.
Individual racers will compete for the prize of the rainbow jersey; which consists of five bands of different colors. The rainbow jersey is prized because the wearer is their country’s world champion. Famous cyclists that won the rainbow jersey include Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond according to the official UCI website.
This year Australian cyclists will want to take home the win. Aussies Cadel Evans (defending world champion), Michael Rogers, Allan Davis, Simon Gerrans and Stuart O’Grady among others will be competing.
Other cyclists of note are British sprinter Mark Cavendish, Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd, Swiss time trial champion Fabian Cancellara, Italian Filippo Pozzato and Belgian Philippe Gilbert who won several stages in the Tour of Spain earlier in September.
For a list of all the registered riders click here to go to the official UCI website.
Event schedule times approximate:
Tuesday September 28
Course Familiarisation: 1 pm – 3 pm
All Riders: 22.7 kilometers (14.1 miles)
Wednesday September 29
Under 23 Men: 31.8 km (19.8 m) 10 am
Elite Women: 22.7 km (14.1 m) 3 pm
Thursday September 30
Elite Men: 45.4 km (28.2 m) 1 pm
Friday October 1
Under 23 Men: 159 km (98.8 m) 1 pm
Saturday October 2
Elite Women: 127.2 km (79 m) 1 pm
Sunday October 3
Elite Men: 262.7 km (163.2 m) 10 am
For the wrap-up and highlights of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana click here