UCI Gran Fondo

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 2019RBC GranFondo WhistlerVancouver/WhistlerCanada
15 September 2019Amy’s Gran FondoLorneAustralia
5-6 October 2019Tre Valli VaresineVareseItaly
29 November 2019Spinneys  Dubai 92 Cycle ChallengeDubaiUAE
23 February 2020UCI Granfondo CasablancaCasablancaMorocco
14-15 March 2020Bathurst Cycling ClassicBathurst Australia
27-29 March 2020Cyprus GranfondoPafosCyprus
27-29 March 2020Tour de BintanBintanIndonesia
5 April 2020Tour de BrisbaneBrisbaneAustralia
11-12 April 2020Around SamcheokSam Cheok CityRepublic of Korea
25 April 2020 La Bourgogne Cyclo Viré en MaconnaisFrance 
26 April 2020UCI Gran Fondo TroyCanakkalaTurkey
16 May 2020Schleck GranfondoMondorf Les Bains
16-17 May 2020GF Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
16-17 May 2020Cheaha Challenge GranfondoJacksonville, ALUSA
22-24 May 2020Greek GranfondoMacedoniaGreece
23-24 May 2020Granfondo MoscowMoscowRussia
30-31 May 2020Granfondo Banja LukaBanja LukaBosnia & Herzegovina
30-31 May 2020Coast to CoastSan JoséCosta Rica
5-7 June 2020UCI GF San Luis PotosiSan Luis PotosiMexico
6-7 June 2020Tour of CambridgeshirePeterboroughGreat Britain
12-14 June 2020Maraton FranjaLjubljanaSlovenia
13-14 June 2020Niseko ClassicNisekoJapan
20-21 June 2020Gran Fondo Dnipro RaceDniproUkraine
26-28 June 2020Granfondo SuisseVillars-sur-OllonSwitzerland
2-4 July 2020Classique des AppalachesVictoriavilleCanada
5 July 2020Granfondo EzaroEzaroSpain
10-11 July 2020Utah Gran FondoCache Valley, UTUSA
10-12 July 2020La leggendaria Charly GaulTrentoItaly
9-13 September 20202020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver/WhistlerCanada



2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Series to reach all continents with 10 new events

Jul 25, 2019, 14:25 PM

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series will grow significantly next season with 10 new events featured on the 2020 calendar.


The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the UCI’s mass participation series, will comprise 27 qualifying events worldwide in 2019-2020. The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Vancouver / Whistler, Canada, from 9 to 13 September 2020. In 2019, a total of more than 60,000 riders - representing 76 different nationalities - took part in the events of the series, strengthening its standing as a leader in mass participation events worldwide.


The new season will see a rapid start in September 2019 as the cities of Vancouver and Whistler will be organizing the RBC GranFondo Whistler qualifier event one week after this year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Poznan, Poland. The Canadian qualifier will take place on the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships course, providing riders with the opportunity to test the circuit, which will start in Vancouver and finish in Whistler.


A second new event in September will be Coast to Coast in Costa Rica. The event, taking place on 28-29 September, will combine routes between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the beautiful country, with riders heading towards the capital, San José, on the first day, and then back to the coastline on the second day.


The UCI is also happy to announce a new African qualifier event in Casablanca, Morocco.  UCI Granfondo Casablanca, taking place on 23 February, will start and finish in the city centre and follow the coastline for a flat and fast course in an exotic climate.  It will be the first African event on the calendar since 2015.


The fourth new event on the calendar is Around Samcheok in the Republic of Korea on the weekend of 11-12 April. It will feature a time trial on Saturday and a granfondo on Sunday, with parts of the course following the coastline, but also tackling one major climb.


Turkey will also host a new Granfondo in the city of Canakkala, famous for its Trojan horse and the epic battle fought during World War I.  UCI Gran Fondo Troy will take place on 26 April.


Granfondo Moscow joins the UCI Gran Fondo World Series for the first time. It will be organised for the third year in the city centre of the Russian capital, where the road race on May 24 will follow a 16km loop around the ring of Moscow, passing next to the Red Square and other iconic buildings. The time trial, which will take place a day earlier, will be on wide open lanes near Moscow University.


Riders who are curious to get a first glimpse of potential 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships courses can participate in the Granfondo Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the last weekend of May. It will feature a time trial and granfondo / mediofondo in the city where the battle for the rainbow jerseys will take place in 2021.


Granfondo Dnipro Race in the Ukraine will be the 8th new event in the calendar with a 20km time trial and a 83 or 155km Granfondo on mainly flat roads with some 10 shorter hills.


Villars-sur-Ollon, located in the Alpes Vaudoises, near the UCI headquarters and the UCI World Cycling Centre, will offer the new Granfondo Suisse on 26-28 June.  During the weekend, riders will have the opportunity to participate in a 9.9km mountain time trial (785m of elevation) and a tough 104km Granfondo comprising 5 climbs and finish on top of Col de la Croix (8.4km with an average gradient of 7.3%).


Riders from Eastern Canada and the North Eastern US regions as well as those who will have missed qualification in Vancouver will have a new destination to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.  La Classique des Appalaches, in Victoriaville (Québec) will also host the national masters championships in one combined event.


The existing stopovers in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, which include Amy’s Gran Fondo, Tre Valli Varesine, Bathust Cycling Classic, Cyprus Granfondo, Tour de Bintan, Tour de Brisbane, Schleck Granfondo, GF Rio de Janeiro, Cheaha Challenge Granfondo, Greek Granfondo, UCI GF San Luis Potosi, Tour of Cambridgeshire, Maraton Franja, Granfondo Ezaro, Cache Granfondo, La Leggendaria Charly Gaul and Niseko Classic are proven high quality-events with excellent organisation and are all confirmed in the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Series calendar.


For the first time in its history, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series will stop over in all 5 continents.


Top 20% to qualify for 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships


At its meeting in June, the UCI Management Committee also approved the official qualification system for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Vancouver / Whistler (CAN). It should be noted that the percentage of qualified riders in each category has been reduced from 25% to 20% due to the increased number of qualification events. This measure will prioritise rider safety at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.


The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Series Calendar


7 September 2019 RBC GranFondo Whistler Vancouver/Whistler Canada
15 September 2019 Amy’s Gran Fondo Lorne Australia
28-29 Sept 2019 Coast to Coast San José Costa Rica
5-6 October 2019 Tre Valli Varesine Varese Italy
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
26 April 2020 UCI Gran Fondo Troy Canakkala Turkey
16 May 2020 Schleck Granfondo Mondorf Les Bains Luxembourg
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
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
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
11-12 July 2020 Niseko Classic Niseko Japan
9-12 Sept 2020 UCI Gran Fondo WCH Vancouver/Whistler Canada