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Gran Fondo Dead Sea

International Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival

March 23 - March 24 2018
Ein Bokek, Israel

The 6th International Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival 23 to 24 March 2018

The Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival 2018, one of the largest and most unique road cycling festivals in the Middle East will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March.  1,000 riders from 30 countries are expected to start the two day stage race at the lowest point on Earth. As well as ‘Elite’ and ‘Masters’ riders there will be participants at all levels who will enjoy perfect early Summer like cycling weather. A major bonus for people coming the Northern Hemisphere. But it wont all be about cycling as participants can experience such things as nomadic Bedouin culture and support GFDS 'Annual journey for peace' bringing Israeli and Palestinian riders together.

The race will start at the lowest point on Earth aka the Dead Sea Depression and will once again take riders through the traditional 155 km circuit. The course includes 1,873 meters of vertical climbing and passes through the sun bleached, arid and dramatic beautiful landscape of the Judean Desert.  One of the high points, literally, is the infamous and gruelling Scorpions Pass climb. The event challenges riders of all levels and abilities and comprises a number of events including:

The International Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival comprises a number of events including: 
1. The Arad Cycling Tour -  Two-day and 3 stage race for elite men teams and “masters” older riders (Men and Women) on March 23-24, 2018 (Fri-Sat). 
2.  The Gran Fondo Dead Sea - Saturday March 24, 2018
3.  Women’s Road Cycling race 
4.  Gran Fondo Dead Sea Challenge - 21st to 24th March 2018 - a 4 day road cycling event from the far North to the South of Israel.
5.  Road Cycling Journey for Peace - 24th March 2018 - Bringing Israelis and Palestinians together for cycling, dialogue, dance, food and enjoyment.
6.  Gran Fondo Dead Sea MTB 

Gran Fondo Arad Dead Sea cycling festival won't all be about cycling as participants can experience such things as nomadic Bedouin culture and support GFDS 'Annual journey for peace' bringing Israeli and Palestinian riders together. In addition the 'Journey of Peace'  will involve additional activities such as dabka (traditional Middle Eastern dance) listening circles, music, games and more.

History of the Gran Fondo Arad Dead Sea

The Gran Fondo road cycling events began in Italy in the 1970's involves a timed course of at least 120km with a mass start of riders. In 45 years  many and has developed throughout Europe and North America. The first Israeli Gran Fondo the "Clal Health Gran Fondo", took place in April 2012. Since then it has taken place in the north from the Gilboa region to Mount Hermon and in the south from the Dead Sea to Sde Boker. In 2015 the Dead Sea Gran Fondo joined forces with the Israel Cycling Federation, the organisers of the Tour of Arad to create the largest international  road cycling event in Israel the Gran Fondo Arad Dead Sea.

Regulations

The Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival will be held under the regulations of the Israel Cycling Federation and the UCI. The specific regulations for the tour are available on the ICF website.

Gran Fondo Dead Sea

 
Routes: 50, 100, 155km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
 
Prize / Race Categories
    
Gran Fondo (competitive)
Men 17-29
Women 19-29
Men 30+
Women 30+
 
Men 40+
Women 40+
Men 50+
Women 50+
Men 60+
 

1. In case an age group category consists of less than 5 participants, it will be merged with an adjacent age group
2. Age is determined by the year of birth.
3. Trophies and awards will be distributed to the first three riders in each age category.

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Route Signposted
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Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
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Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
 
Start Address: Ein Bokek, Israel
 
 
 
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Mar 23 2018 - EVENT: International Gran Fondo Dead Sea Arad Cycling Festival