Register Now for the 2022 Skoda Cyprus Gran Fondo
3 day stage race takes place April 1-3. Your chance to qualify for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Trento, Italy in September
Cyprus’s premier road race returns to the coastal city of Paphos for the eighth consecutive year handing out qualifications entries to the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
The UCI Cyprus Gran Fondo powered by Skoda is the largest international road cycling race in Cyprus taking place April 1 – 3, 2022. The event is designed to cater for passionate amateurs and semi-professional road riders from all over the world.
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It is an event where riders typically combine a week’s holiday with the 3-day stage race which features a time trial on the Friday and two consecutive Granfondos on the Saturday and Sunday.
Next year’s race uses the same routes, which pass through Paphos’ villages and onto the coastline, with riders enjoying the contrast of the blue waters of the warm Mediterranean sea and the lush green mountains on the Island.
Organizer Mike Hadjioannou explains, “We are trying to keep the courses relatively the same, so that participants can measure their performance over the years to help them improve. Knowing the course in advance can make a difference in the final results.”
“There are more feed zones for the riders, and of course the traditional opening and closing ceremony that takes place at the medieval Paphos castle in the city’s port.”
2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
The Cyprus Gran Fondo is your opportunity to qualify for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Trento, Italy taking place September 1 to 4. The routes are those of the host event, the Leggendaria Charly Gaul.
Two Race Categories
The participants of the race will fight for a place in the World Championships, they will be separated into eight different age category groups (19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65+). Every age category provides a certain number of winning places for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Riders will be also separated into two different race categories. The Expert category for experienced riders, and the Sportive category for passionate amateurs.
On the first day of the race, the Expert category includes an individual time trial of over 28.6 km that will allow riders to qualify for the UCI Time Trial World Championships. Sportive participants will be riding a 75.5 km timed section for part of the 95.5 km stage.
Stage two is 96 km long with 1,600m of climbing. What makes it interesting are the new sections. The first test for riders comes after 41 km on a rough asphalt section at the beginning of a long hill after Kidasi village. This could be a decisive section for riders going for the stage win!
After 50km the route passes through the thrilling cobblestone roads of Vasa Kilaniou. Despite the difficulty, the route rewards the cyclists with its scenic views and beautiful Cyprus nature in the wine villages of Pafos and Limassol as well as the wild landscape in Diarizos Valley.
At the highest point of the course at 56km there are two short but steep sections. They are ideal for decisive moves for those who want to win. The long descents and flat sections require descending skills and some power left in the legs for the final kilometres!
Stage three is 53 km long with 1,500m of climbing. This stage will give stronger riders another chance to qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships and will challenge everyone again.
International riders will have the opportunity to soak up the mesmerizing Paphos beauty and enjoy their stay with a choice of luxury hotels around the city or experience a more traditional stay in one of the villages nearby.
Since the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to COVID, a new cancellation and refund policy has been put in place. You can register and be sure that your money will not be lost due to any unforeseen circumstances.
The Cyprus Gran Fondo offers a full refund up to 14 days before the start of the race.
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For registration and accommodation packages, please visit: www.activatecyprus.com or telephone +35 797803070.
Register before February 28th 2022 and save 50 Euros on registration fees.
Entry includes; Race entry for all stages, Digital maps and GPX files, Technical assistance during the race, a Goody bag, Commemorative T-shirt, Medical assistance during the race, Feed stations with fruits, water and electrolytes, Route signage and safety, Opening ceremony pasta party, Lunch reception after last stage, Finisher's medal.
Rider can optionally purchase; Mechanical support (on request after races), Event jersey, Cycling socks, Sticker profile graphs, Free photos from the official event photographer and massage sessions (on request after races).
There are team discounts available (applied up until February 28th 2022).
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