The French organizer Cycling Classics France presented the program for 2021 this morning. And it has to be said: there are some spectacular changes.
Photo: Cycling Classics France
The organization is clearly responding to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus. Last week it was already announced that a number of gran fondo's will be eliminated next year. In any case, that provides clarity. It concerns the following: Granfondo Gassin Golfe de Saint-Tropez, Bourgogne gran fondo, Granfondo Mont Ventoux Beaumes-de-Venice, Morzine Haut-Chablais, La Vaujany, Marmotte Granfondo Pyrénées and Picarde Baie de Somme.
The gran fondo's that do continue have a number of novelties.
The Marmotte is the most eye-catching. It celebrates its 40th edition next year. These are the changes:
An other striking change is the starting place of Les 3 Ballons. The race will now start from Ronchamp; this means a return to the old course. The first climb is the Ballon de Servance. Furthermore, of course, the Grand Ballon and Ballon d'Alsace. Three 'ballons', exactly in line with the name of the gran fondo. We warmly applaud this! What hasn't changed is the finish line. This is as always on the famous La Planche des belles Filles.
The logistical problems of the last few years belong to the past. A nice step, which was really needed.
This relatively new event will be added to the UCI Gran Fondo World Series. We already reported about that.
The Tour du Mont Blanc will no longer include the Colle San Carlo in 2021. Instead, the Col du Grand Saint Bernard will be climbed via the Col du Champex. An excellent choice in terms of route and view. It doesn't matter much for the heaviness. This gran fondo is extremely heavy anyway.