Yesterday (17th Feb 2017) the probable routes of the men and women’s Olympic Road Race were put onto twitter. I’ve mapped out the routes for you to take an in-depth look. Both routes include a flat roll out from central Tokyo followed by a number of laps of a lumpy 15.3km circuit featuring two main climbs, finishing off with a final 12km run to the line to the north.
Both routes begin with a 24 km flat spin out from central Tokyo before taking on the circuits (16 for the men and 7 for the women). From the summit of the final climb on the last circuit there will still be a 12km downhill & flat run up to the finish line to the North.
The circuit features two hills, the first being the shorter (just over 1 km averaging 3.4%) but slightly steeper with max gradients of 7% lower down. A short descent and wide open 90 degree left hander takes them into the start of the 2nd, longer climb (2.4 km averaging 3.2%) which has a number of steady 5% sections. A couple of underpasses provide the steepest sections of road but are very short and will pose little problem.
On leaving the circuit there is a 600m slope of 2% before a flat and non-technical run to the line.
16 laps of the circuit brings the total distance up to 274km with over 2,200 m of climbing. View the interactive view of the full men’s route here.
7 laps provides 136 km of racing and 1,100 m of climbing. View the interactive view of the full women’s route here.