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Riders Prepare for UCI World Champs & No Junior Women Race for British Cycling

A very big race takes place tomorrow. It's going to be twisty, windy and hot!

Tomorrow is a very big day for the female pro peloton: it’s the UCI World Championships Road Race and they’ll be battling it out for the honour of wearing the rainbow stripes for the 2017 season. 

Worlds so far: 

Chloe Hosking: Preparing for the Sprint of her Life

Boels-Dolmans take UCI World Championship Team Time Trial Title

USA Rider Amber Neben Takes UCI World Championships ITT Title

The course in Qatar isn’t your average ‘world champs course’. Sure, they all have their characteristics – but the 134.5km route in Doha is perhaps particularly unique.

Riders will make their way out to a 15km/10mile course – repeating laps of the short circuit which includes tight bends, roundabouts and of course the notorious crosswinds of Qatar. Not only that, the 35 to 40 degree heat of the country is no doubt likely to have an effect. Sprint win hopeful, Chloe Hosking has already told us she’s been training in the bathroom with the heaters on “full gas.”

Riding for Team Great Britain, we have:

  • Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead)
  • Alice Barnes
  • Hannah Barnes
  • Dani King
  • Laura Massey
  • Annasley Park
  • Abby-Mae Parkinson
  • Eileen Roe

We’e expecting a sprint finish – but of course, anything could happen and the riders are getting themselves ready for a showdown tomorrow.

Junior women during their UCI World Champs road race today - no GB women present though (Image: Velofocus)

Riders prepare for Saturday’s race

Lizzie has already said it’s not ‘her sort of course’ – but she’ll do her best, and Dani is proud as punch to support her…

Last spin done before race day tomorrow. It will be the first time lining up with this girl as a team mate and I cannot wait. @l_deignan ???????? #uciroadworldchampionship #qatar #roadrace

A photo posted by Dani King (@daniking1) on

Kirsten Wild is a Qatar veteran and a classic sprinter – we hope she doesn’t need that helmet to perform too!

Thanks @kask_cycling for this awesome orange present! Hope I don’t have to use the helmet what it’s made for… #UCIDoha2016

A photo posted by Kirsten Wild (@kirsten_wild) on

The Dutch riders have a top squad – and Annemiek probably has a point to prove after the Olympics…

Training in Oman: getting used to 40+ degrees. Getting used to the heat was not an bad idea. #acclimatisation #sweat #drink #drinkmore #sweatinmyeyes

A photo posted by Annemiek van Vleuten (@annemiekvanvleuten) on

Jolien is high on the list of contenders…

#teamBelgium has arrived! First day out on the bike. Can’t wait for Saturday! ????????✌ #happyfaces #coolkids #skakelenisverliezen #Dohakamelen #Doha2016 #roadworlds

A photo posted by Jolien D’hoore (@joliendhoore) on

Drops Cycling Team have Alice Barnes and Laura Massey on the start line in GB colours – go smash it girls!

Morning ride in Doha for Laura and Alice.

A photo posted by Drops (@dropscycling) on

British Cycling send no GB Girls to the Junior World Champs Road Race

We were a bit gutted to note that British Cycling didn’t see fit to send any junior women to the Junior World Champs race. Under 23 women will race with elite women, whilst the UCI give Under 23 men their own race.

Questions have been asked as to why none of the young British superstars – who enjoyed their first ever open road junior only road race this year (usually racing with the elite women) – were considered worthy to be sent. We’ve not had any answers as yet.

The event was won by Italian Elisa Balsamo. There’s a pretty classy video of the girls singing the National anthem after the win…

The UCI Women’s World Championship road race takes place on Saturday 15th October at 10:45am (British Summer Time). The race will be shown live from 10:45 to 14:20 on BBC Red Button with highlights from 14:30-16:30 on BBC One.

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