With a little under two months until the third edition of the Tour of Beijing begins, a detailed overview of the parcours for Asia’s only WorldTour race has now been released. In breaking through the 1,000 metre elevation barrier for the first time, the event also seeks to shake off its image as one which a climbing specialist couldn’t dream of winning.
Though featuring the same number of classified climbs (15) as last year’s race, the course has been toggled to ensure a better chance of the race’s final outcome remaining unknown until the close of the fourth stage. The five-day (836km) race concludes with a 117km criterium-style stage – identical to the opening stage of last year’s Tour of Beijing – from Tiananmen square to Olympic Park. Both previous editions of the Tour of Beijing were won by Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
“It is in our priorities to ensure the race continues to get closer to the ever growing number of cycling fans in Beijing and it is something we are working with the Local Organising Committee to achieve” Global Cycling Promotion Director, Alain Rumpf, is quoted as saying on the official media release.
All stage maps, profiles and schedules combined into a single PDF here
Stage 1 | Shunyi to Huairou Studio City 190.5km
Friday, 11th October 2013 (starts 11:50 local time)
Stage 2 | Huairou Studio City to Yanqing 126.0km
Saturday, 12th October 2013 (starts 11:30 local time)
Stage 3 | Yanqing to Qiandiajian 176.0km
Sunday, 13th October 2013 (starts 11:45 local time)
Stage 4 | Yanqing to Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain 150.5km
Monday, 14th October 2013 (starts 12:20 local time)
Stage 5 | Tian an men Square to Bird’s Nest Piazza 117.0km
Tuesday, 15th October 2013 (starts 13:30 local time)
More information at the 2013 Tour of Beijing’s official website