We wish a safe journey to all those travelling to Albi this week for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Many of the riders travelling for the World Championships, which are being held next week, qualified at the Tour of Cambridgeshire but we want to wish all riders taking part good luck and to wear your national colours with pride.
This time next year, it could be you getting your bags packed and travelling to the World Championships in Varese, Italy, by taking part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire 2018.
Avoid price increases for the 2018 Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo (Race and Sportive) and the Tour Classic, the event for retro style race bikes and riders. The early bird prices finish on September 3rd 2017.
The Gran Fondo RACE gate is also getting close to capacity for some age groups. You might as well secure your place in the RACE and benefit from the early bird price.
Anyone making last minute decisions to head to Albi for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships might need to buy some GB masters kit, some travel or indeed secure their medical certificate which the french authorities insist is required in addition to the British Cycling race license. Whilst time is getting short now it is still possible to order kit from Godfrey Bikewear and have it delivered in time if you place your orders over this coming weekend in readiness for production come Monday. Order HERE
If you need travel and accommodation then Sports tours International also have a few spaces left and it is possible to secure your medical certificate, on-line, via the Sports Tours International site too. Order HERE
A ride to reconnoitre the full road race route is still planned for Sunday 20th August for anyone who may be in the area ahead of the championships. The ride with one of our directors, Malcolm Smith, will leave from the cathedral square in Albi at 09.30hrs . A specific meeting point, probably a cafe, will be posted to the Facebook page GB UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifiers early evening on Saturday 19th August.
On the weekend of the Tour of Cambridgeshire, we know how hard it is to find accommodation in the local area due to being full and sold out.
We’re offering onsite Event Camping pitches for just £60.00 for three nights, which can be booked when entering.
Or why not go for the premium option and book one of the exclusive and limited 2Posh2Pitch 5m tents. They are fully furnished, you just need to bring your bedding or sleeping bags. The tents sleep 4-6 people and is just £200.00 for three nights.
For more info or to book, email us at email@example.com.
Early Bird entries for the Gran Fondo Race and Gran Fondo Sportive are selling quicker than last year, so if you’ve not taken advantage of the lower rate entry fee, don’t leave it too much longer.
Remember, you must hold a full race license to start in the Race community at ToC, but you can still qualify for the UCI GF World Championships in the Sportive gates. Qualification is determined by individual chip times.
To enter or for more information, click HERE.
We want you to Smile for Miles!
Golazo Cycling Ltd are bringing you the happiest, most relaxing and stress-free ride in the universe. No timing hanging over you – just time to enjoy time on your bike on closed roads in the company of hundreds of other like-minded spirits.
This cycling event is perfect for beginners, family orientated cyclists, riders who want a challenge and raise money for their chosen charity, and those of you who prefer to chill on the bike.
We’d like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy the flattest route in the whole of the UK and take a relaxing ride on completely closed roads as part of the Mellow Vélo family. The Mellow Vélo ride is supported with a high quality medical and moto security back up as well as having three pit stops which in addition to serving the usual sustenance offer the likes of sausage rolls and cookies for those who fancy something more substantial. The Mellow Vélo ride also benefits from a convenient HQ just off the A1 near Peterborough, a relaxed time of the day start and over 7 hours of fully closed roads to take advantage of a short or long route. The long route being approximately 80 miles and the short being 52 miles.
Jessica Lockhart, the Event Manager says, ‘We are very excited about the launch of this brand new, fun, inclusive and chilled event. We’ve been approached by many people and organisations over the last few years, including many different charities, asking for an event that is going to be more relaxed and is less demanding than the racing and competitive events we do. In response to this pull from the market, we had the view to getting more people, of all ages, out on their bikes by introducing a hassle-free and uniquely enjoyable ride together.
The date of the Mellow Vélo ride is Sunday 3rd June 2018, with a laid-back start time of 1.15pm. Mellow Vélo ride will bring out the smiles for miles and miles, and get ready to be cheered on by masses of spectators around the route.
The Mellow Vélo ride is part of the Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling festival. Book your place today at HERE and be part of all of the most chilled ride around.
One of our directors, Malcolm Smith (M50-54), 4th in the road race at the worlds in Llubljana in 2014, will be taking a steady ride around the route of the Gran Fondo (full distance) on Sunday August 20th starting at 09.30hrs. There will be a few cafe breaks. If anyone is in the area the weekend before the road race and wants to take advantage of a group ride we will be posting more details of where to meet and timings on the Facebook page GB UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifiers on the Saturday evening beforehand.
Anyone planning to travel to Albi from the first recall can still buy their road race kit from Godfrey Bikewear. Based upon past experience, some finished stock has been set aside for those deciding to travel late in the day or those getting the recall invitations . This will be available on a first come first served basis.
We have just been informed that there are 618 entries for Albi from the Tour of Ayrshire and the Tour of Cambridgeshire. We believe that this is more than Denmark in 2015.
A recall has now been issued by the UCI to riders who did not qualify in the top 25% at the two UK festivals. Typically the number of additional invitations equates to the number of invitations in each age group which have not been taken up by a certain dates (Friday 21st June).
If anyone intending travelling is struggling to get an acceptable medical certificate then Sports Tours International offer an on-line service to provide a medical certificate which is accepted in France. Click HERE to find out more