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Cheaha Challenge reveals strong entry for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier
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Cheaha Challenge reveals strong entry for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series Qualifier

The Cheaha Challenge century ride is America’s qualifying race for the UCI’s Gran Fondo World Series. Over 500 riders from 22 states across America have already registered, with over 1,000 riders expected.

Riders from all over the world are also taking part in Alabama this May 21st 2017, with riders coming from as far afield as the UK, Canada, China, Iran, Mexico and all over Europe. 

Full preview of the 100 mile UCI Qualifying Course.

 
Cyprus Gran Fondo with international field
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Cyprus Granfondo with international field

A three days stage race with a time trial on Friday and two road races covering the weekend brought 360 riders from 20 different nationalities at the start of Cyprus Gran Fondo.

Riders enjoyed the sunny weather with temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees.

The fourth round of the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Series.

 

 
2,200 cyclists completed the NAB B2B
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2,234 cyclists completed the NAB B2B

Dylan Sunderland and Lucy Bechtel claimed the winners jerseys in the 2017 nab B2B.

The overall win on Sunday was for Dylan Sunderland, covering the 110km in 2h35 beating Marcus Culey and Michael Potter in the sprint. The average speed of the winner was 42.6km/h.

First female in the race was Lucy Bechtel who covered the same distance in a time of just under 3h (36.6 km/h average) to beat Deborah Hennessey and Lisa Keeling with almost 4 minutes.

Preliminary results now available.

 
1,000 riders tackled New Zealand's Forrest Grape Ride
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The only qualifier event in New Zealand last week attracted more than 1000 riders under a bright sun for the second edition of their UCI qualifier.

Numbers went down compared to last year as the main road between Christchurch and Blenheim wasn't reopened after an earthquake and riders had to make a big detour to get it to the venue.

Overall fastest male was Stuart Holder from Auckland, fastest female was Alice Chaplin, again from Auckland. Link to provisional results.

 
Tour de Bintan shines in debut as UCI race
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Tour de Bintan shines in debut as UCI race

The tropical weather at the 2017 Tour de Bintan last weekend didn’t spoil the enjoyment for the thousand riders set out with the aim of qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, aka, the world amateur cycling championships. Held on the tropical Indonesian island that gives the race its name, the iconic Tour de Bintan, one of the Southeast Asia’s premier amateur stage races, gained some extra lustre this year as the March 3-5 event became one of 19 global stops on the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (GFWS) calendar. 

This meant that the opening two stages of the race – Friday’s Individual Time Trial and Saturday’s Gran Fondo Classic – were qualifying events for the world championships, which this year will take place in Albi, France from August 24-27.

 
Varese awarded 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
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Varese awarded 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The Italian city of Varese in Lombardia has been awarded the organisation of the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Athletes will have the chance to ride the course at the The Granfondo Tre Valli Varesine, on October 1st 2017 with the time trial the day before. The event will serve as a qualifier and test event for the World Championships a year later.

Riders can look forward to a beautiful course between the lakes of Lugano and Lago Maggiore, with some tough climbing in between.

 
The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes
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The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series returns to the U.S.A. with the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, Century and ULTRA in Jacksonville, Alabama on May 21st 2017. If you finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place or in the top 25% of your age group in the Century ride, you will qualify for the 2017 UCU Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France in late August, and a shot at one of the World Champion Rainbow Jerseys!

"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge, challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.

Aswell as the UCI Qualifier, there are $5,000 dollars of prizes on offer on the Century and ULTRA distance rides, across 10 age categories.

Registration is now open!

 
Cycling South Africa release Wild Card entries for Gran Fondo World Champs in France
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Cycling South Africa release Wild Card entries for Gran Fondo World Champs in France

Cycling South Africa has 10 Wild Card entries for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, which will take place in Albi (France) from 24-27 August.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships sees amateurs battle it out each year for the chance to claim the coveted rainbow jersey. Riders between the ages of 19 and 77 compete in their respective age categories for the prestigious title.

Wild Card entries are for those who do not qualify through either of these automatic entry processes.