HOW TO WATCH FRIDAY NIGHT’S OLYMPIC ROAD RACE
145 miles and 16,000 feet on course
Olympic road racing kicks off in Tokyo Saturday at 11am local time which is 10pm EST and 7pm PDT Friday night. Get ready to watch what will one of the best shows of ultra endurance this season.
Tadej Pogacar headlines a star-studded peloton for the men’s road race, a tough 145 mile course longer most mountain stages in a Grand Tour. The demanding circuit starts at Tokyo’s Musashinonomori Park and climaxes at the Fuji International Speedway racing circuit, with riders facing five climbs around the iconic Mount Fuji, the highest point in Japan at an altitude of 12,388ft.
The course seems best suited to the peloton’s explosive climbers, with 15,961 feet of elevation gain — more demanding than the major mountain stages of the 2021 Tour de France.
After an almost flat start, the riders will gradually change gear in the 25 miles of ascent leading to Doshi Road. They will continue with the climb of the Kagosaka Pass and then dive into a long descent to Fuji Sanroku (8 miles at 6%).
The peloton will cross the finish line twice then take on the dantesque Mikuni Pass: its 6 mile length has an average grade of 10.6% with sections at more than 20%. Its summit is 18 miles from the finish and while breakaways are expected throughout, guaranteeing to split the pack, there should be no little game of cat-and-mouse on the long descents as the peloton bids to reel in the front riders in what is expected to be very hot and humid conditions.
WHERE TO WATCH
USA Network will air the race from the start. In the U.S. NBC is streaming all Olympic coverage.
Start time: 10pm EST and 7pm PDT (Expected length 6 hours)
The opening ceremonies set to air this evening, visit the www.nbcolympics.com site to watch .
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini