Mount Fuji to feature in 2020 Olympic Road Race
Olympic medal hopefuls have more idea about the route after sources close to the race organisers released some details of the course
English-Japanese news publisher, Kyodo News, published a story that discussed the potential route for the 2020 Olympic road race in Tokyo.
The 270km route will start just outside Tokyo at the Musashino Forest Sport Centre and will take riders along the National Route 413 before going around Lake Yamanaka.
The riders will ride through the foothills of Mount Fuji housing a long climb of around 15km, going half way up the side of the iconic peak.
It’s rumoured that this will peak with 36km to go, before a flat or rolling run-in to the finish line back on the Fuji Speedway circuit.
“For the athletes, it will be tough, with a lot of difference in elevation, but it is a wonderful course with Mt. Fuji in the background,” Kyodo New‘s source said.
All of this is still in early stages but if these close sources are correct in their estimations, the men’s race will house more than 5,000m of climbing. It’ll also register as the longest race since professional riders were allowed to compete in 1996.
The women’s race, that is rumoured to sit at 140km, will feature less climbing, and look more like the length to the course we saw at the Rio Olympics in 2016.