UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo Powered by Volkswagen is getting closer and the organizers, as well as the sponsors and supports of the race, held a press conference on Thursday (1.3) at Volkswagen’s Show Room in Nicosia. The race will take place in Pafos between March 23rd-25th.
The race has been upgraded to a UCI Gran Fondo event in 2017, as it was recognized from the UCI. The UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo Powered by Volkswagen is part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, that take place in 21 different countries from Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia. The race addresses amateur and semipro riders, who will compete for a place to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship, which will take place at Vareze, Italy on August 2018. Bikin Cyprus Events are the organizers of the race, with the great support of Volkswagen and Cyprus Tourism Organization and under the auspices of Pafos Municipality. This year’s race is dedicated to road safety in cooperation with the REACT organization.
A unique experience
Everyone competing in the Cyprus Gran Fondo by VW will have the opportunity to live a unique experience, enjoying the island’s rare beauty, cycling between the green of nature, and the blue sea. The fact that Cyprus has a wonderful sunny and clear weather during the end of March, is also a factor that attracts many foreign amateur and semipro riders to the island. The ideal race routes, as well as the professional services provided by the organizers are placing UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo Powered by Volkswagen on the top races for passionate amateur and semipro riders.
The participants of the race, who will fight for a place in the World Championship, will be separated into eight different age groups (19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65+). Every group provides certain winning places for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship at Vareze, Italy. The riders will be also separated into two different category levels. The Expert category addresses semipro riders, and the Sportive category addresses passionate amateurs.
On the first day of the race, the Expert category includes individual timing in a distance of 28.6km, while the Sportive category participants will be riding 75.5km for the first part of the race. The second day will be a tough one for both categories, as they will be riding for 68.8km starting from Kouklia village, ascending the mountains of the area and finishing again at Kouklia. The third and last day of the race begins at Pegia, where the riders must race for 63km and 608m of ascent. The race finishes at Tsada, after riding across Kathikas, Kritou Terra, Kathikas again and Stroumbi.
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