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15-12-2023 | CycloWorld

Escape the winter blues: discover the sunny Cyprus Gran Fondo

Done with winter, rain, short days, wet roads, and low temperatures? It's time to book a trip! Your preferences include an early-season escape, multiple sunny days, a UCI gran fondo for World Championship qualification, and during the vacation period. Look no further: Cyprus Gran Fondo is the perfect choice.

Unique program

Cyprus Gran Fondo, happening from March 29 to 31, 2024, offers a unique three-day program. For the road race, there are two opportunities to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, along with an optional time trial. If time trials aren't your thing, you can opt for a training race or just do a ride yourself. The program details:

  • March 29 (Good Friday): time trial (UCI-qualifying race) or training road race (non-qualifying).
  • 30 March: Stage 1 - 103 km with 1800 meters of elevation (gran fondo) or 89 km with 1500 meters of elevation (medio fondo).
  • March 31: Stage 2 - 54 km with 1500 meters of elevation (gran fondo) or 45 km with 1100 meters of elevation (medio fondo).

To qualify for the Worlds, aim for the top 25% in your age group. For the road race, you'll have to do that in either stage 1 or 2. Want to explore the route in advance? Join the RECON Camp.

Cyprus cycling

As a cycling destination, Cyprus has been gaining popularity. Read why we are fans! With its excellent roads, a clean island impression, fantastic food, friendly people, quiet surroundings, and diverse cycling options, Cyprus is an ideal alternative to the Canary Islands and Mallorca. The weather in spring is sunny but not too hot – ideal for cycling.

Ten reasons to go

  1. Three days of riding in the sun – reason enough.
  2. It's during the Easter vacations.
  3. Beautiful routes.
  4. Possibility to visit the island of Cyprus.
  5. Bringing a partner or family is possible.
  6. Fantastic food.
  7. Plenty to do outside of cycling.
  8. Not one but two chances to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
  9. Direct flights from most large European airports.
  10. Sympathetic event with no stress.

Still not convinced? Just read our reports from 2023 and 2022. For more information and registration, check the official website.

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