Mesa do Imperador Vista Chinesa

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The Mesa do Imperador Vista Chinesa is a col with a length of 8.5 kilometer. This is a category 1 col. It is located in Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The average grade of this col is 7.4% with a maximum of 13.2%. The Mesa do Imperador Vista Chinesa ascents from 21 meter at the start, to 480 meter at the top, with a total of 549 ascending meters.


Mesa do Imperador Vista Chinesa Profile


Distance 8.5 km
Elevation gain 549 m
Average grade 7.4 %
Maximum grade 13.2 %
Climb category 1
Minimum elevation 21 m
Maximum elevation 480 m

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The men's and women's 2016 Olympic cycling road course started at Fort Copacabana and included the Vista Chinesa Circuit. This course sector features 2 of the 4 climbs in the 2016 route layout. The circuit ran clockwise from the Estr. da Gávea, first for the Canoas climb (Estr. das Canoas), then the Vista Chinesa climb (Estr. da Vista Chinesa) before descending back to Av. Niemeyer (the coastal stretch which connects the circuit to the main route).

In the race on the second pitch of the final climb, Van Vleuten put in a dig and Abbott was the only one able to go across. At the top of the Vista Chinesa, Abbott and Van Vleuten had 22 seconds on van der Breggen, Longo Borghini and Johansson.

On the descent, Van Vleuten left the clearly timid Abbott behind, but her aggressive approach ended badly with a crash on one of the final bends as she enjoyed half a minute over Abbott. The American had 38 seconds over the chasing group as she reached the bottom, but it was not enough. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) won the Olympic gold in the women's road race, out-sprinting Emma Johansson (Sweden) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) to inherit the title from teammate Marianne Vos.

Although the climb is called the Vista Chinesa, the real top is at the Mesa do Imperador.