Launched in 2011, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (formerly known as the UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned road races held all over the world. Throughout the 2019-2020 season, 29 events will qualify the top 20% in each age group for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships (the former UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships). The official qualification system for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships can be accessed here.
The age group winners of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are awarded the UCI rainbow jersey. The qualifier events are open to riders of all levels: those who aim to make the podium and others who wish to cross the finish line in the best possible time.
The Gran Fondo World Series is organised in collaboration with the Belgian sports marketing agency, Golazo.
For more information: http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/
|7 September 2019||RBC GranFondo Whistler||Vancouver/Whistler||Canada|
|15 September 2019||Amy’s Gran Fondo||Lorne||Australia|
|5-6 October 2019||Tre Valli Varesine||Varese||Italy|
|29 November 2019||Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge||Dubai||UAE|
|23 February 2020||UCI Granfondo Casablanca||Casablanca||Morocco|
|14-15 March 2020||Bathurst Cycling Classic||Bathurst||Australia|
|27-29 March 2020||Cyprus Granfondo||Pafos||Cyprus|
|27-29 March 2020||Tour de Bintan||Bintan||Indonesia|
|5 April 2020||Tour de Brisbane||Brisbane||Australia|
|11-12 April 2020||Around Samcheok||Sam Cheok City||Republic of Korea|
|25 April 2020||La Bourgogne Cyclo||Viré en Maconnais||France|
|26 April 2020||UCI Gran Fondo Troy||Canakkala||Turkey|
|16 May 2020||Schleck Granfondo||Mondorf Les Bains||Luxemburg|
|16-17 May 2020||GF Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil|
|16-17 May 2020||Cheaha Challenge Granfondo||Jacksonville, AL||USA|
|22-24 May 2020||Greek Granfondo||Macedonia||Greece|
|23-24 May 2020||Granfondo Moscow||Moscow||Russia|
|30-31 May 2020||Granfondo Banja Luka||Banja Luka||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|30-31 May 2020||Coast to Coast||San José||Costa Rica|
|5-7 June 2020||UCI GF San Luis Potosi||San Luis Potosi||Mexico|
|6-7 June 2020||Tour of Cambridgeshire||Peterborough||Great Britain|
|12-14 June 2020||Maraton Franja||Ljubljana||Slovenia|
|13-14 June 2020||Niseko Classic||Niseko||Japan|
|20-21 June 2020||Gran Fondo Dnipro Race||Dnipro||Ukraine|
|26-28 June 2020||Granfondo Suisse||Villars-sur-Ollon||Switzerland|
|2-4 July 2020||Classique des Appalaches||Victoriaville||Canada|
|5 July 2020||Granfondo Ezaro||Ezaro||Spain|
|10-11 July 2020||Utah Gran Fondo||Cache Valley, UT||USA|
|10-12 July 2020||La leggendaria Charly Gaul||Trento||Italy|
|9-13 September 2020||2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships||Vancouver/Whistler||Canada|
For the best part of a week, the Italian city of Varese saw its population swell by thousands as athletes, their families and supporters flocked to the Lombardy region for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Ten years after Varese hosted the UCI Road World Championships for the world’s Elite, it was the turn of the best amateurs to battle for the rainbow jersey in and around the city and surrounding villages. Having qualified over the past year at one of the 21 events that make up the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, more than 2500 riders from 60 nations raced in Varese for the title of UCI World Champion in their respective age categories.
Time trials were held on Thursday, the national team relay on Friday, and the road race on Sunday.
Time trial: athletes from 13 nations crowned
Held over a fast but challenging 22.5km course, the time trial saw some blistering performances, not least from former UCI Hour Record holder Molly Van Houweling (USA) who won the Women 40-45 age group and recorded the fastest time of all the women competitors. Her time of 32.13 represented an average speed of 40.97km/h.
With an average speed of 46.7km/h, Spain’s Raul Portillo Saldamando (M45-49) was the fastest man of the day, covering the course just one-tenth of a second quicker than the winner of the M19-34 category Fabien Secondo (France).
The 17 World titles in the time trial were awarded to athletes from 13 different nations. Slovenia picked up three titles, while France and New Zealand celebrated two time trial UCI World Champions each.
Road race: six athletes achieve the double
Seventeen titles were also up for grabs in the road race, ridden over 130km or 103km depending on the age category. The 2558-strong peloton was split into 10 different start groups which set off from the city centre at seven-minute intervals.
The fastest men on the Gran Fondo course all came from the 19-34 age group. They produced a breath-taking finish with Italian Tommaso Elettrico getting away in the last kilometres to win in 3:24.36, just four seconds ahead of Belgians Niels Merckx (2nd) and Rémi Cara (3rd) who both recorded the same time.
Six athletes were crowned double UCI World Champions, winning both the time trial and road race in their categories: Raul Portillo Saldamando (Spain), M45-49; Bruce Bird (Canada) M50-54; Gerhard Hrinkow (Austria) M70+; Olga Cappiello (Italy) F55-59; Jeannie Longo (France) F60-64; Lena Lundstrom (Sweden), F65+.
Team relay: Slovenia UCI World Champions
The traditional nations’ relay saw teams of four riders – two men and two women - race over a city-centre course of 2.4km. Each rider had to complete the course three times before handing over to the team’s next rider.
Slovenia are the 2018 UCI World Champions for the speciality, followed by Canada and Italy.
The Polish city of Poznan will host the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships on September 5-8 next year. Riders wishing to test the courses will have a chance to qualify this month (September 23rd) at the Poznan Bike Challenge, the second event of the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Series.