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 2018 powered by Volkswagen is a 3-day Road "Cycling for All" event that will take place in Cyprus during the last weekend of March 2018 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.
The first day will give you the chance to qualify for the Individual Time Trial World Championships whereas the following two days will give you two separate chances (one in every stage) to qualify for the Road Race World Championships. Riders with UCI points are not eligible to qualify.
In 2019 we have prepared new, even more challenging routes for Stages 2 and 3! Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, climbing some of the nicest mountains of the island andpassing 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!
Stage 1 [Experts]: Distance: 28.6Km | Ascent: +357m
Stage 1 [Sportive]: Distance: 95.5Km | Ascent: +1510m | Timed Section: 74.5Km
Stage 2: Distance: 96Km | Ascent: +1600m | Timed Section: 76Km
Stage 3: Distance: 54Km | Ascent: +1435m | Timed Section: 39.5Km
“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.
“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.
|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
There are three different race packages for the Cyprus Gran Fondo participants - BASIC, ELITE an PRO
For your time off-the-bike, we have arranged for hotels close to the race venues. Located near the picturesque harbor of Paphos, the hotels will offer a perfect combination of contemporary luxury and relaxing environment to spend with your cycling friends, companions, or family. The accommodation prices are per peson per day and are the same for the nights before and after the event.