In an opening day double-header, the women’s and men’s elite time trial gets the Road World Championships under way in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Both the women and men will tackle the exact same urban 34.2km course that consists of two 17km laps around Wollongong, to the south of Sydney.
Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser will hope to have the edge over Dutch specialist Ellen Van Dijk after beating her to gold in Munich at the European Championships in August.
However, both Brown and current Olympic champion Van Vleuten, who is also due to compete in the mixed time trial, may have a big say in the final outcome.
Two-time defending champion Ganna will be the rider to watch in the elite men’s race and the Italian will also be far from disappointed that Van Aert has decided to concentrate solely on the road race this time around.
Swiss duo Stefan Bissegger and Stefan Kung will aim to repeat of their first and second places ahead of Ganna at the European Championships last month, particularly with Australia’s Rohan Dennis not competing.
Meanwhile, Pogacar and Belgium’s Yves Lampaert may also come into contention along with Britain’s Hayter if he fully recovered from his Covid-19 related withdrawal from the Vuelta.
Men’s & Women’s time trial: Sunday, 18 September, 00:25-08:30. live on iPlayer and BBC Sport website
Team time trial mixed relay: Tuesday, 20 September, 05:10-08:25. live on red button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website
Women’s road race: Friday, 23 September, 03:15-08:40, live on Red Button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website (highlights on BBC Two 14:45-16:00 on Saturday, 24 September)
Men’s road race: Sunday, 25 September, 01:05-08:10, live on red button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website (highlights on BBC Two 14:30-15:45)
What is cycling?
Road cycling, the most common form of cycling, is simply riding a bike outside for exercise, sport or to get from A to B. Track cycling adds a competitive element and sees riders race around a specialist track at high speeds.
Is it for me?
From young children on stabilisers, through to adults going for long countryside rides, cycling is for everyone. Sick of being stuck in traffic? Cycling to work is also one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. There are also a number of cycling clubs around the UK, where coffee and cake stops are as important as the route you ride!
How do I start?
Just hop on a bike and you’re good to go. British Cycling, Scottish Cycling, Welsh Cycling and Cycle NI have information about clubs and racing tracks, and the Breeze programme for women cyclists offers a range of safe and sociable cycle routes for all abilities. If you don’t have access to a bike there are hundreds of bike rental facilities across the UK.