The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is ready to start 2018 with still 17 chances to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships who will take place in Varese, Italy from 30 august to 2 September.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the UCI’s masters and amateur mass participation series, will comprise 21 qualifying events worldwide in 2017-2018. 4 events already took place in the last months of 2017, but there are many more chances to pick your event and qualify for the World Championships.
Cyprus Granfondo is the first event on the calendar. The only stage race in the series gives you the opportunity to combine tourism with a time trial and two road races in the last weekend of March.
Tour de Bintan will also be organized the same weekend on the exotic Indonesian island of Bintan near Singapore with easy flight connections.
Forrest Grape ride is the only qualifier event in New Zealand with start and finish in a winery to ride through New Zealand’s wine region.
Granfondo Golfe de Saint-Tropez returns to the series and gives you the chance to start in between the jet-set yachts in the harbor of Saint-Tropez for a marvelous trip over different short but steep climbs along the French Côte d’Azur.
Kos Granfondo is the new location for the Greek qualifier who offers the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality and beautiful beaches of the Greek Island in a very international startfield.
The Bathurst Cycling Festival is the second Australian qualifier with some fast but challenging racing in between Blayney and Bathurst.
Granfondo Antalya (Turkey) is a totally new event, and enables riders and their families to combine tourism and cycling in the beautiful and famous tourist city. Riders start and finish on the beach in front of all the top-star hotels.
The unique US qualifier takes place in Jacksonville, Alabama with the Cheaha Challenge Granfondo, a century ride with the highest mountain of Alabama as turning point.
If you want to experience the different short climbs of Frank Schleck’s training routes, you are invited to take part in the Schleck Granfondo at the end of May.
The biggest event in the series is the Tour of Cambridgeshire. The fast 79.3 Miles windy course in and around Peterborough in the UK had 8000 riders at the start in 2017.
Another big event in the series is one of the oldest Granfondos in the world. Maraton Franjaexists since 1982 and has grown to a start field of 7000 riders in Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana.
The Blue Mountains Granfondo is the new name for the Grey county road race, the unique Canadian qualifier in Ontario with Granfondo World Champion Bruce Bird as organizer.
Granfondo Denmark has recently announced their move towards the city of Grindsted. We remember the challenging roads up and down of Denmark’s countryside from the World Championships back in 2015.
Another classical stopover in the series is La Leggendaria Charly Gaul with a stunning time trial and challenging Granfondo with finish on top of Monte Bondone.
Niseko Classic is the Asian qualifier in Japan’s premium ski-resort with some tough climbing on the 70 or 140km course but also a new time trial on Saturday added to the event’s weekend.
The Mexican qualifier event has changed location towards San Luis Potosi on the first weekend of July.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is also happy to announce a new qualifier in Spain. Granfondo Ezaro (Galicia) is an existing and popular event, with famous Spanish cycling heroes at the start and a tough finish on Mirador do Ezaro.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy, will take place from August 30 to September 2, 2018, with a 22km time trial, a team-relay and a 130 or 103km Granfondo (depending on the age category) on hilly roads.
Further information can be found on www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com.