Gran Fondo World Tour is born as the first universal circuit of mass-participation cycling events. It will allow amateur riders from every corner of the globe to enjoy pedaling on an eclectic set of roads and landscapes while competing to rank themselves amongst their peers.
So far, the series will comprise six events, but its management is working on the possibility of adding another Gran Fondo to its calendar. The circuit has been shaped attending the geographical spread of the events, which range from Barcelona (Spain) to Golden (Colorado, USA) and even includes a ride in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Kuwait City.
Dani Buyo, General Manager of Gran Fondo World Tour, explains: “This project is meant to be a challenge for amateur riders from all over the world. We think it makes sense to offer them a competitive experience similar to the professional UCI World Tour. Up to this point, both organizers and sponsors have warmly welcomed our project. There are several events aiming to be included in our calendar in the coming years. For the time being, we prefer to be judicious and to start with this restricted list of events.”
A quality seal
The 2016 edition of Gran Fondo World Tour will start in Barcelona next March with the Oakley Gran Fondo Barcelona and is set to end in September in Kazakhstan, a country where cycling is a mainstream sport. Dani Buyo comments on the criteria used to select the events of the series, based on the quality of its organization and on spreading them geographically in order to enable cyclists from all over the world to partake on this challenge: “We want our events to be unanimously regarded as high-quality ones. Gran Fondo World Tour’s brand should attach recognition to the event’s brand, and vice versa.”
2016 GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE:
- April 3rd. Oakley Gran Fondo Barcelona (Spain)
- May 6th. Gran Fondo Kuwait
- June 12th. Gran Fondo Marcialonga Cycling Craft (Predazzo, Italy)
- June 17th. Styrkeproven (Oslo, Norway)
- August 28th. Golden Gran Fondo (Colorado, USA)
- September 11th. Gran Fondo Kazakhstan (Almaty)
How does it work?
Riders will be listed on the Gran Fondo World Tour ranking by taking part in one of its events, but should finish three of them in order to contend for the prizes up for grabs amongst the top placed riders of said ranking. A points allocation system has been set to award 1000 points to the fastest rider on the competitive sector of each Gran Fondo. The rest of the participants will be allocated points according to an algorithm that depends on the time registered by the fastest one, so all riders will get points in every event. The Styrkeproven Oslo will award a maximum of 2000 points because it is an ultra distance event with a 500 km course.
After each event, a current leader will be announced for both the Gran Fondo World Tour Men and Women ranking. They will be granted the privilege of wearing a distinctive leader jersey in the following event. The management of the series will cover the expenses of both leaders for the next Gran Fondo of the circuit, in order to enable them to defend their first position on the ranking.
The rider in the first place of Men and Women individual rankings at the end of the season will be rewarded with a premium road bike. Another awards will be given to second- and third-placed riders. More info available at www.granfondoworldtour.com
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