2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships move to Sarajevo in October

Istocno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the host city of the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and will move to 6-10 October 2021 due to COVID19

The difficulties that most organisers still face in these early months of 2021 in respect with the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a big update of the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Series calendar, including the location and date of the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships move to Sarajevo

2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Istocno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the host city of the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and will move to 6-10 October 2021 after many qualifier events were urged to move to later in the season and early September was a big risk in the crowded city center of Banja Luka, where the event was first scheduled.  This move to later in the season will also be better for the many travel restrictions that currently exist.

The program of these World Championships will also be slightly different from previous years with time trial on Wednesday, team relay on Thursday evening, the short mediofondo distance on Saturday and long granfondo distance on Sunday.

The time trial is 20km long and takes place in Pale, not far from Sarajevo.  It’s an out-and-back loop on the same road with 270m of elevation.

The team relay is on a 2km course while the granfondo and mediofondo courses are challenging with quite some elevation.  Both races start on the outskirts of the city for a first 30km flat around the airport before going on a local circuit of 37km that needs to be done 1,5 times for the mediofondo and 2,5 times for the granfondo before heading to the finish on an altitude of 1590m in Jahorina where the 1984 Winter Olympics took place.  Total elevation for the mediofondo is 2470m over a distance of 99km while the granfondo has 3420m of elevation over a distance of 136km.

Sarajevo will also host a qualifier event on the same courses on 13-15 August.

2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Series Calendar

Also the calendar of the qualifier events will have important updates with 9 events moving to July, August or September.  Ale Granfondo Istocno Sarajevo replaces Gran Fondo Banja Luka on the courses of the World Championships in August.

Granfondo Coimbra Region and Granfondo Antalya will move to October and November and count for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Series.  Granfondo Cyprus had already decided earlier to skip 2021 and organize again in 2022.

The new 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Series calendar

2021 Date Event City / State Country

4-6 February 2021

Gran Fondo Australia

Ballarat

Australia

15-16 May 2021

Cheaha Challenge Granfondo

Jacksonville, AL

USA

22-23 May 2021

Granfondo Moscow

Moscow

Russia

11-13 June 2021

Maraton Franja BTC City

Ljubljana

Slovenia

19-20 June 2021

Gran Fondo Dnipro Race

Dnipro

Ukraine

3-4 July 2021

Bitwa Warszawska Tour

Warsaw

Poland

9-11 July 2021

La leggendaria Charly Gaul

Trento

Italy

10-11 July 2021

Utah Granfondo

Cache Valley, UT

USA

11 July 2021

Tour de Brisbane

Brisbane

Australia

23-24 July 2021

Gran Fondo Lahti

Lahti

Finland

8 August 2021

Granfondo Rio de Janeiro

Rio

Brazil

13-15 August 2021

ALE Granfondo Istocno Sarajevo

Sarajevo

Bosnia & Herzegovina

21-22 August 2021

Around Samcheok

Samcheok City

Republic of Korea

27-29 August 2021

Aristoteles Chalkidiki Granfondo

Macedonia

Greece

3-5 September 2021

Classique des Appalaches

Victoriaville

Canada

4-5 September 2021

Granfondo Isle of Man

Ramsey

United Kingdom

11-12 Sept 2021

ANA Niseko Classic

Niseko

Japan

12 Sept 2021

Granfondo Vosges

La Bresse

France

17-19 Sept 2021

Granfondo Suisse

Villars-sur-Ollon

Switzerland

25 Sept 2021

Schleck Granfondo

Mondorf Les Bains

Luxembourg

25-26 Sept 2021

Tour of Cambridgeshire

Peterborough

United Kingdom

TBC

Tour de Bintan

Bintan

Indonesia

6-10 October 2021

2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Sarajevo

Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

 
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