Many of the top cyclists in the Soviet Union took part in the 1980 Individual Road Racing Championships on Tuesday, July 1st.
GV PAN: Start of cycling race at Olympic Cycling Road circuit, Moscow.
GV PAN: Cyclists racing along main straight
GV PAN: Cyclists spread out in single file moving round bend in rural part of course
GV PAN: Cyclists climbing hill
GV: Cyclists moving through downhill bends
GV AND SCU: Eight cyclists climbing hill
GV: Sprint for finish in rain as crowd watches, No.244 Leon Dezhits, (furthest right) wins from No.192 Yori Warinov (On left)
SV: Winner undoing pedal clips
SV: Winner and runner up on rostrum
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Background: Many of the top cyclists in the Soviet Union took part in the 1980 Individual Road Racing Championships on Tuesday, July 1st. The race was ridden over the circuit that will be used for the Olympics later this month; and the winner was Leon Dezhits, a 27-year old clerk from Minsk.
SYNOPSIS: Eighty-four of the country's best racing cyclists took part, including former winners of the "Peace Race" between Warsaw, Berlin and Prague, and many other international events.
The circuit is just over 13 1/2 kilometres (8 1/2 miles) long, and the race was over 15 laps.
In the Olympics, the cycling, rowing, canoeing and archery events will al take place at Krylatskoye, which is in Moscow's "green belt" area, to the west of the city.
The special characteristics of the Olympics road-racing circuit stem from the fact that it is not an existing road system; it has been specially built for the purpose. As a result, the hills are steeper, and the bends sharper, than is usual when the roads are built for ordinary traffic. Some experts think that only about a third of the road racers in the Olympics will finish the course.
But here's Dezhits, followed home by this year's Peace Race Winner, Yori Warinov. They had safely completed the 204 kilometres (about 127 miles) at an average speed of about 40 kilometres (25 miles) an hour.