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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Get Underway this Week in Australia

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Riders who excelled at one of the qualifying events held around the world in the last 12 months have earned the right to line up this week in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. They will take place in Perth, Western Australia, from September 1 to 4.

More than 400 athletes will compete in the time trials on Thursday September 1, with some 1150 riders taking part in the road races three days later. The competitors come from 39 different countries, with Mongolia entering a rider in 2016 for the first time.

The UCI Gran Fondo Series is the new label given to the former UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) which was launched in 2011 for amateur riders. The UWCT Final becomes the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, and the UCI World Champions’ jerseys and medals have been redesigned accordingly.

This year, 11 qualifying events were held in different countries across five continents. The top 25% of finishers in each race qualified for this week’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The riders will compete for the world title in 17 different age categories (nine for men and eight for women) with ages ranging from 19 to 70+.

Wind is expected to be a major factor in Thursday’s time trials, which take place on Rottnest Island. The 19.5km course takes in the entire island, with the wind changing direction four times.

The 154.5km road race for men aged under 55 includes a total of 2010m of climbing. Men over 55 and all the women will race on a 105.8km course with 1250m of climbing.

Perth has been part of the series since its launch five years ago, organising qualifying events each year including 2016. While the time trial course has been completely redesigned for the UCI World Championships, the first part of the road race is the same as for the qualifier held in March this year.

In the last five years, USA has won the most medals with a total of 71 (including 36 gold) followed by Italy with 49 medals (18 gold) and Slovenia with 38 medals (13 gold).

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about he UCI Gran Fondo series…

Launched in 2011, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (formerly known asthe UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned road races held all over the world. Throughout the season, some 15 events qualify the top 25% in each age group for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships(the former UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships). 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 tocross the finish line in the best possible time.

The Series and World Championships are organized in collaboration with the Belgian sports marketing agency, Golazo.

  • 11-13 Sep 2015
    Poznan Bike Challenge
    Poznan
    Poland
  • 13 Sep 2015
    Amy’s Granfondo
    Lorne
    Australia
  • 18 Oct 2015
    Amashova Durban Classic
    Durban
    South Africa
  • 11-13 Mar 2016
    UCI Gran Fondo World Series Perth
    Perth
    Australia
  • 2 Apr 2016
    Forrest Grape Ride
    Marlborough
    New Zealand
  • 22-24 Apr 2016
    Rhodes Gran Fondo Tour
    Rhodes
    Greece
  • 6-8 May 2016
    Gran Fondo Denmark
    Helsingor
    Denmark
  • 26 May 2016
    Road Brazil Ride
    Botucatu
    Brazil
  • 27-29 May 2016
    Grey County Road Race
    Blue Mt.Village
    Canada
  • 29 May 2016
    L’Albigeoise
    Albi
    France
  • 4-5 Jun 2016
    Tour of Cambridgeshire
    Peterborough
    UK
  • 10-12 Jun 2016
    Maraton Franja
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
  • 10 Jul 2016
    Niseko Classic
    Niseko
    Japan
  • 15-17 Jul 2016
    La Leggendaria Charly Gaul
    Trento
    Italy
  • 1-4 Sep 2016
    UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
    Perth
    Australia

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