The 10 Longest UCI Men’s Road World Championship Races

By : Mr Mamil
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The UCI Road World Championship is an annual professional bike race organized by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for cycling.

Unlike the usual professional races, the Road World Championship is raced based on national teams. Each country is allocated a certain number of places (up to 8) based on the UCI World Rankings by nations.

Key takeaways

Here are the key takeaways;

  • The total race distance ranges between 170 to 297km.
  • The longest race distance was 297.5km in Copenhagen in 1937.
  • Since 2000, the shortest distance was 254.1km (2001), and the longest was 272.2km (2013).
  • The average race distance since 2000 was 262.9km.

Ten longest Men’s Road World Championship distances

This article lists the 10 longest Men’s Road World Championship races since its inception in 1927.

YearCityDistance (km)WinnerNationality
1937Copenhagen297.5Eloi MeulenbergBelgium
1962Salò di Garda296.2Jean StablinskiFrance
1951Varese295.2Ferdinand KüblerSwitzerland
1955Frascati293.1Stan OckersBelgium
1959Zandvoort292André DarrigadeFrance
1949Copenhagen290Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium
1964Sallanches290Jan JanssenNetherlands
1976Ostuni288Freddy MaertensBelgium
1957Waregem285.6Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium
1961Bern285.3Rik Van LooyBelgium

Men’s Road World Championship distances (1927 to present)

This article lists all the Men’s Road World Championship distances since its inception in 1927. There was no race from 1939 to 1945 due to World War 2.

YearCityDistance (km)WinnerNationality
1927Nürburgring182.5Alfredo BindaItaly
1928Budapest192Georges RonsseBelgium
1929Zürich200Georges RonsseBelgium
1930Liège210Alfredo BindaItaly
1931Copenhagen170Learco GuerraItaly
1932Rome206.1Alfredo BindaItaly
1933Montlhéry250Georges SpeicherFrance
1934Leipzig225.6Karel KaersBelgium
1935Floreffe216Jean AertsBelgium
1936Bern218.4Antonin MagneFrance
1937Copenhagen297.5Eloi MeulenbergBelgium
1938Valkenburg273Marcel KintBelgium
1946Zürich270Hans KnechtSwitzerland
1947Reims274Theo MiddelkampNetherlands
1948Valkenburg266.8Briek SchotteBelgium
1949Copenhagen290Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium
1950Moorslede284Briek SchotteBelgium
1951Varese295.2Ferdinand KüblerSwitzerland
1952Luxembourg280Heinz MüllerWest Germany
1953Lugano270Fausto CoppiItaly
1954Solingen240Louison BobetFrance
1955Frascati293.1Stan OckersBelgium
1956Copenhagen285.1Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium
1957Waregem285.6Rik Van SteenbergenBelgium
1958Reims277Ercole BaldiniItaly
1959Zandvoort292André DarrigadeFrance
1960Karl-Marx-Stadt279.4Rik Van LooyBelgium
1961Bern285.3Rik Van LooyBelgium
1962Salò di Garda296.2Jean StablinskiFrance
1963Ronse278.8Benoni BeheytBelgium
1964Sallanches290Jan JanssenNetherlands
1965San Sebastián267.4Tom SimpsonGreat Britain
1966Nürburgring273.7Rudi AltigWest Germany
1967Heerlen265.2Eddy MerckxBelgium
1968Imola277.3Vittorio AdorniItaly
1969Zolder262.9Harm OttenbrosNetherlands
1970Leicester271.2Jean-Pierre MonseréBelgium
1971Mendrisio268.8Eddy MerckxBelgium
1972Gap272.6Marino BassoItaly
1973Barcelona248.6Felice GimondiItaly
1974Montreal262.5Eddy MerckxBelgium
1975Yvoir266Hennie KuiperNetherlands
1976Ostuni288Freddy MaertensBelgium
1977San255Francesco MoserItaly
1978Nürburgring272.7Gerrie KnetemannNetherlands
1979Valkenburg274.8Jan RaasNetherlands
1980Sallanches268Bernard HinaultFrance
1981Prague281.4Freddy MaertensBelgium
1982Goodwood275.1Giuseppe SaronniItaly
1983Altenrhein269.9Greg LeMondUSA
1984Barcelona255.6Claude CriquielionBelgium
1985Giavera del Montello265.5Joop ZoetemelkNetherlands
1986Colorado Springs261.8Moreno ArgentinItaly
1987Villach276Stephen RocheIreland
1988Ronse272Maurizio FondriestItaly
1989Chambéry259.4Greg LeMondUSA
1990Utsunomiya261Rudy DhaenensBelgium
1991Stuttgart252Gianni BugnoItaly
1992Benidorm261Gianni BugnoItaly
1993Oslo257.6Lance ArmstrongUSA
1994Agrigento251Luc LeblancFrance
1995Duitama265.5Abraham OlanoSpain
1996Lugano252Johan MuseeuwBelgium
1997San Sebastián256.5Laurent BrochardFrance
1998Valkenburg258Oscar CamenzindSwitzerland
1999Verona260Óscar FreireSpain
2000Plouay268.9Romāns VainšteinsLatvia
2001Lisbon254.1Óscar FreireSpain
2002Zolder/Hasselt256Mario CipolliniItaly
2003Hamilton260.4Igor AstarloaSpain
2004Verona265.5Óscar FreireSpain
2005Madrid273Tom BoonenBelgium
2006Salzburg265.9Paolo BettiniItaly
2007Stuttgart267.4Paolo BettiniItaly
2008Varese260.3Alessandro BallanItaly
2009Mendrisio262.2Cadel EvansAustralia
2010Geelong259.9Thor HushovdNorway
2011Copenhagen266Mark CavendishGreat Britain
2012Valkenburg261Philippe GilbertBelgium
2013Florence272.3Rui CostaPortugal
2014Ponferrada254.8Michał KwiatkowskiPoland
2015Richmond261.4Peter SaganSloveniavakia
2016Doha257.3Peter SaganSloveniavakia
2017Bergen267.5Peter SaganSloveniavakia
2018Innsbruck258Alejandro ValverdeSpain
2019Yorkshire261.8Mads PedersenDenmark
2020Imola258.2Julian AlaphilippeFrance
2021Flanders268.3Julian AlaphilippeFrance
2022Wollongong266.9Remco EvenepoelBelgium