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Under 23 race, featuring twelve laps of the road circuit
As we mentioned yesterday, the Elite Men's race on Sunday features a 28km section from Copenhagen in addition to seventeen laps of the 14km circuit, giving a combined total of 266km. Riders start from the Rådhuspladsen in the city centre, as has been the case with the time trials, then travel in the opposite direction south-east along Hans Christian Anderson Boulevard for approximately 0.36km to a left turn into Stormgade with riders exercising caution if conditions are wet due to the pedestrian crossing just before and immediately around the corner (the white stripes can become slippery). The second crossing at a slight deviation to the right 96m later could also be hazardous, then the race enters a beautiful street with a row of classical columns running along the right side. Another pedestrian crossing marks the end of the columns as the riders pass over a crossroads, continuing straight ahead and across a bridge. As they leave, they'll need to be wary of a sunken kerb at the beginning of a raised section between the road and the cycle path to the left as the race enters Vindebrogade - it's only a few centimetres high, but sufficient to puncture a front tyre if hit.
If you're watching on television, note the medieval-style wall paintings on the exterior of the Thorvaldsen Museum on the right, followed by the classical church immediately afterwards. Christiansborg Palace is right behind it. The riders keep right after the church, passing the bridge back over the canal to the left, heading past the Palace to a left turn over Holmensbro bridge 176m after the last. There are various traffic islands and bits of street furniture leading onto the turn but all are easy to see and the road is easily wide enough to accommodate all riders without anyone being accidentally pushed into obstructions. There are also pedestrian crossings before and after the corner and a traffic island just after the church on the right.
|Kongen's Nytorv (CC3.0)|
|Marmor Kirken (© Pedro Cambra CC2.0)|
|John Norcross (public domain image)|
|Østerport Station in 1896 (public domain image)|
When they reach the end of Jægersborg Allé, where the time trial course turned right near the Akvarium (55°44'54.69"N 12°35'14.01"E), the riders turn left to continue north along the Kystvejen. There's a pedestrian crossing right after the turn and a grassy central reservation. 0.25km later, having passed a circular cafe on the left, the road arrives at the coast and will follow the seafront for some kilometres, remaining just above sea level for the remainder of this section. A short way to the west of the road lies Charlottenlund Travbane, the oldest horse-racing track in Scandinavia, then the road runs straight, wide and free of hazards for 1.01km to a slight left at Skovshovedhavn. Another central reservation splits the road in two, gradually dwindling to leave one very wide highway again. After 1.34m, the route travels away from the seafront and inland to the west of Taarbæk. The road climbs gently with a short steeper section leading to the next crossroads.
|Taarbæk Kirke (© Claus B. Storgaard CC3.0)|
Once over the second speed hump, the route heads into the countryside and once again follows the seafront, climbing a small hill, as a result of which the sea is now much lower than the road. The race enters an unchallenging 1.43km section, the only evident hazards being the overhanging trees and what appears to be a greater than usual number of metal drain covers in the middle of the road - these can become lethally slippery after rain. At the end, the riders arrive to the east of Strandmølledammen after a short descent.
|Public leisure area in the Dyrehavn (© CC2.5)|
|Drinking fountain in the Dyrehavn (© Thomas Bredøl CC2.5)|
Another pedestrian crossing, and a central traffic island, lie just around the apex as the race enters the long, mostly straight penultimate section heading south-west back over the motorway (55°48'53.55"N 12°31'43.03"E) and on towards the Kongevejen. There are another two pedestrian crossings on the other side, this time hit head-on and as such unlikely to be hazardous, then the road narrows down to two lanes again. There's another traffic island 275m after the crossing, with a further hazard caused by the horse chestnut trees on the right of the road around 100m later - the spiky shells of the conkers can cause punctures and become slippery when mashed up by car tyres, plus the conkers themselves can act like ball-bearings under wheels. There are seven more traffic islands in the next 0.6km as the road enters a wide bend to the left.
The route enters a long straight with overhanging trees before being divided by another central reservation leading to a crossroads, once again with pedestrian crossings either side - the road becomes quite narrow for a short stretch until the end of the central reservation, then passes a lay-by 137m later (55°48'27.48"N 12°30'29.71"E). The following section has trees lining the roadsides, meaning slippery leaves and snapped collarbones for anyone who crashes into a trunk. After a short while, a turn for Mothsvej passes by on the right, followed by traffic islands 0.24km later as the road leads to a roundabout.
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Kongevejen is a wide highway with plenty of room for a mass sprint to the finish at the end of the final lap of each race. A climb leads up into Geels Skov, past an obelisk-shaped milestone marking the last 300m of the lap and onwards to the start line of the circuit at 55°48'16.87"N 12°28'37.41"E where they will begin the first of seventeen laps. To see our detailed guide to the circuit, please click here.