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The UCI Road World Championships is the cycling's annual world greatest sporting event. To be UCI World Champion and wear the coveted UCI rainbow yersey is something every cyclist dream of.

The UCI Road World Championships is a yearly event that takes place in September (in October 2016 it was held in Doha, Qatar). The event The event features 12 races over 9 days, several cyclosportive events and a major cultural programme. There are three diciplines; Team Time Trial for the professional UCI Teams, individual Time Trials and finally the Road Races.

The most eye-catching aspect of the event which is going to be held in 2017 - back in the traditional September slot - is the men's individual time trial, which will feature a summit finish at Mount Floyen with gradients of 10 per cent.

The 31km course – the shortest in the history of the event – features two laps of a rolling circuit, but the riders will then peel off to take on the 3.4km climb of Floyen, at which point they will almost certainly have to switch their time trial machines for a road bike.

The climb goes from sea level to 300 metres, averaging 9.1 per cent, and a steep funicular railway is the standard means of transport for tourists wishing to take in the views from the top.

Usually the reserve of rouleurs – or at most power riders who can absorb hills and rolling terrain – the Worlds time trial has never seen such severe uphill gradients.

All the road races will take place on the same 19.1km loop, though the elite men and junior men will start out in Rong, covering 40km and numerous of the famous fjords before they hit the circuit.

The gently undulating loop borrows much from the time trial course, with a detour to take in Salmon Hill, a 1.5km climb which averages 6.4 per cent but features early pitches of nearly eight per cent. Positioned just shy of the half-way mark on the loop and cresting 10km before the finish line, it will help the whittling-down process before acting as an ideal launchpad for a race-winning move. After the 40km intro, the elite men will cover 12 laps to bring up a total race distance of 276.5km – the longest Worlds course since 1981. The elite women will cover eight laps for a distance of 152.8km. "The road race route will be technical, with hills, rapid descents, cobbles, and a lot of corners, which will challenge the riders on many levels," said Hushovd. "It's a race which many riders chasing the rainbow jersey will feel they can win."

The team time trials, comprised of elite men's and women's trade teams, will be raced on an A-to-B course rather than a circuit, and both will cover the same distance of 42.5km. The start line is in Ravnanger, and the course makes its way south across the fjords before sweeping into Bergen for the finish.

Winners of the senior individual time trial and road race earn the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey of world champion for the following 12 months in that discipline.

In 2018, the World Championships will move to Innsbruck (Austria) and the 2019 edition will take place in Yorkshire (Great Britain).