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What is the UCI Gran Fondo World Series?

The UCI Granfondo World Series (former UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 21 qualifier events will qualify the top 25% in each age group to the UCI Granfondo World Championships, the former UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. After its launch in 2011, the UCI Granfondo World Series enters the 2019 season with additional events. 

While promoting high level competition for Masters and Amateurs, one of the aims of this series is the globalization of "Cycling for All". With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organizational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series concept is focusing on both very competitive riders who either just miss the skills and talent to become a Pro Elite rider or who still want to compete at a high level at a later age, but also to fun riders who like to keep fit and finish the event.

In a partnership with renown Belgian sports marketing agency Golazo, the UCI has created the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. This partnership will be responsible for the overall organization, coordination and marketing aspects of the UGFWS qualifier events.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be held in Poznan, Poland in 2019.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is the UK’s qualifier event for the UCI GF World Championships. The World Championships plays host to both the Time Trial and Road Race, with the top 25% rider finisher times qualifying (determined by the number of starters) within each age group at the qualifier events.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire event that enable you to qualify for the Time Trial is the UCI Chrono. For the Road Race, you are able to qualify by taking part in either the UCI Race or the UCI Gran Fondo; the qualification results are determined by the number of the riders starting within each age group, with the top 25% fastest chip times within both the UCI Race and Gran Fondo combined making up the qualifier results.

At the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, all riders must hold a current ‘Full Racing License’ from their National governing body.

The competition at the World Championships is based upon the UCI Masters age / gender classifications (determined by age as of 31st December 2019), which are:

For more information about the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, visit www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com.

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