It is spring in Cyprus and this is when Cyprus is at its best. A cool breeze, a bright-but-not-hot sun, green grass, wild flowers, a light drizzle – it is paradise out there. It’s time for the Cyprus Gran Fondo powered by Volkswagen!
The Cyprus Gran Fondo is a 3-day Road "Cycling for All" event, which, since 2017, is featured among the biggest cycling events of the UCI as part of the Gran Fondo World Series for cyclists ranging from pros to beginners. The event provides the perfect opportunity for recreational riders to qualify for the World Gran Fondo Championships held every year. All participants of Cyprus Gran Fondo will have the opportunity to earn their qualification in the Gran Fondo World Championship.
Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, you will climb some of the nicest mountains of the island and pass through traditional and rustic villages, and then return back to some of the best hotels in Paphos to enjoy your off-the-bike time!
The Cyprus Gran Fondo 2019 powered by Volkswagen is a 3-day Road "Cycling for All" event that will take place in Cyprus during the last weekend of March 2019 for the seventh consecutive year. It's an event where professional and amateur riders will ride shoulder to shoulder, climb the nicest Cyprus Mountains and enjoy the Cyprus weather and nature. Our idea is to bring passionate cyclists together, on the bike, to enjoy the amazing Cyprus nature and have fun in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.
Starting from the course we have designed an all-rounded challenging, interesting and beautiful course for the three days of the event, that offers a challenge to the competitive rides, while at the same time it can be completed by the “Cycling for All” riders at their own pace. Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, climbing some of the nicest mountains of the island and passing through many traditional villages, it offers the participants an unforgettable experience. It is this compactness of Cyprus that gives a unique experience to a cyclist who wants to have everything in just one ride! We will give you this experience every day, for three consecutive days!
Each UGFWS event will grant participation rights for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. By the end of each race, the first 25% athletes of each age category from a combined classification of the “Expert” and “Sportive” groups will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the Gran Fondo World Championships and be able to race for the World Champion title.
On Stage 1, Riders in the “Expert” group will have to compete in an Individual Time Trial and the first 25% athletes of each age category will be qualified to the Individual Time Trial World Championships, whereas riders in the “Sportive” group will race in a road race with no qualification. On Stages 2 and 3, the road race will be the same for the “Expert” and “Sportive” Groups and by the end of each race, the first 25% athletes of each age category from a combined classification of the “Expert” and “Sportive” groups will be qualified to the Road Race World Championships. So you have two separate chances (one in day 2 and one in day 3) to qualify.
Riders with UCI points are not eligible to qualify.
For the 2019 edition we are working on new and more challengin routes! Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, climbing some of the nicest mountains of the island andpassing through many traditional villages, the course will offer the participants an unforgettable experience. It is this compactness of Cyprus that gives a unique experience to a cyclist who wants to have everything in just one ride! We will give you this experience every day, for three consecutive days!
Stage 1 [Experts]: Individual Time Trial
Stage 1 [Sportive]: Road Race
Stage 2: Road Race
Stage 3: Road Race
“Expert Group” – aimed at riders who -beyond the participation - are looking to measure up their best performance against other riders who share the same goals | Stage 1: ITT - Individual Time Trial, Stage 2 and 3: Road Race
“Sportive Group” – appeals to any rider who through their participation in this event are looking to experience the wonderful Cyprus nature in spring, explore new places and new destinations in Cyprus, socialize with other cyclists and to share their passion for cycling with hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts | Stages 1, 2 and 3: Road Race
*** Expert and Sportive Group start in different waves.
|Junior Men/Women||up to 18 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||35-39 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||40-44 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||45-49 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||50-54 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||55-59 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||60-64 yrs|
|Master Men/Women||65+ yrs|
|Men Team Classifcation*|
|Women Team Classification*|
|Mixed Team Classification*|
* Riders from the "Expert Group" only will be included in the Team Classification
Race Entry Packages
This year we have prepared three different race packages for the Cyprus Gran Fondo participants - Basic, Elite and Pro.
Accommodation Packages - to be announced soon
The packages apply to all participants and include race entry for ALL three stages according to the Race Entry Packages and 2 nights accommodation in a 3, 4 or 5 Star hotel according to your choice. Accommodation during the night before the Start of the first stage of the Event is NOT included in the package.