The UCI Gran Fondo World Series continues to grow, with three new events in 2017-2018 and one event returning to the calendar.

2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Albi (France)
©Yannick Semat

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the UCI’s masters and amateur mass participation series, comprises 21 qualifying events worldwide in 2017-2018. The qualification period for the 2018 Worlds began last September, immediately following the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France.

Four events have already taken place: the Poznan Bike Challenge (Poland), the Amy’s Gran Fondo (Australia), the Tre Valli Varesine in Varese (Italy) and the Dubai First Granfondo (United Arab Emirates). Varese will host this year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, while Poznan has been awarded the Worlds for 2019.

Three new events to the calendar

Tre Valli Varesine in Varese (Italy) was the first new feature on this season’s calendar. Varese will host the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, so athletes had the perfect opportunity to test the World Championships courses in race conditions during this event.

UCI Gran Fondo World Series – Varese (Italy)
© ph Play Full / UCI GF World Series Facebook

Granfondo Antalya (Turkey) is a totally new event. Taking place in May, it will enable riders and their families to combine tourism and cycling in the beautiful and famous tourist city. Riders will start and finish on the beach in front of all the top-star hotels, tackle some climbing around the turning point before heading back to the beach.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is also happy to announce a new qualifier in Spain in July.  Granfondo Ezaro (Galicia) is an existing and popular event, with famous Spanish cycling heroes at the start and a tough finish on Mirador do Ezaro.

An event which returns to the series after a two-year absence is Granfondo Golfe de Saint-Tropez (France) in April which offers a stunning course in the famous French mountains not far from the Mediterranean Sea coastline.

The remaining events are classical stopovers in the series which continue to grow both in terms of the number of participants and the quality of organisation. Competitors who finish one of the qualification events in the top 25% of their age group earn the right to compete in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy, will take place from August 30 to September 2, 2018, with a 22km time trial and a 130 or 103km Granfondo (depending on the age category) on hilly roads.

Further information can be found on

The 2017-2018 calendar

9-10 Sept 2017

Poznan Bike Challenge Poznan Poland
17 September 2017 Amy’s Gran Fondo Lorne Australia
30 Sep–1 Oct 2017 Tre Valli Varesine Varese Italy
15 December 2017 Dubai First Granfondo Dubai UAE
23-25 March 2018 Cyprus Granfondo Pafos Cyprus
23-25 March 2018 Tour de Bintan Bintan Indonesia
7 April 2018 Forrest Grape Ride Marlborough New Zealand
8 April 2018 GF Golfe de Saint-Tropez Saint-Tropez France
13-15 April 2018 Kos Granfondo Kos Greece
21-22 April 2018 B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge Bathurst Australia
12-13 May 2018 Granfondo Antalya Antalya Turkey
20 May 2018 Cheaha Challenge Granfondo Jacksonville USA
26 May 2018 Schleck Granfondo Mondorf-les-Bains Luxemburg
2-3 June 2018 Tour of Cambridgeshire Peterborough England
8-10 June 2018 Maraton Franja Ljubljana Slovenia
14-16 June 2018 Grey County Road Race The Blue Mountains Canada
23-24 June 2018 Gran Fondo Denmark Grindsted Denmark
6-8 July 2018 La leggendaria Charly Gaul Trento Italy
7-8 July 2018 Niseko Classic Niseko Japan
7-8 July 2018 UCI San Luis Potosi San Luis Potosi Mexico
8 July 2018 Granfondo Ezaro Costa da Morte Spain
30 Aug – 2 Sep 18 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Varese Italy