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03-02-2024 | Frank Jansen

Short news: new routes Marmotte Pyrénées & Cyprus GF

In our short news, we bring you quick updates from the world of gran fondos and sportives.

News update on Cyprus Gran Fondo

New route for Marmotte Pyrenees

The French gran fondo Marmotte Pyrénées has unveiled a new, more challenging route. This route is tougher than its predecessors, while simplifying logistics. The start is now in Argelès-Gazost and the finish is at Hautacam, a layout akin to the Marmotte Alpes.

Previously, there were two variants:

  • Starting in Argelès-Gazost and finishing at Luz Ardiden.
  • Starting in Luz St Sauveur and finishing at Hautacam.

Both options required a 20 km ride back post-finish. This inconvenience is eliminated in the new route, as Hautacam's base is near Argelès-Gazost. The new route extends from 163 to 177 km, with the meters of climbing increasing from 5,600 to 5,700 meters.

Additional loop in Cyprus Gran Fondo

The third stage of the UCI-recognized Cyprus Gran Fondo now includes an extra 5 km, according to the organizers. This extension brings the long route of stage three to 59 km, while the medio fondo is close behind at 50 km. The meters of ascent remain the same, at 1440m+ and 1090m+, respectively. The time trial and first stage routes are unchanged.

As an update, the event's organization notes that registration is filling up quickly. To avail of the early bird discount, participants must register by February 29.

Dates for Gravel Series announced

Gravel enthusiasts, the Dutch Gravel Series calendar is out:

  • Aalten on June 2.
  • Meerveld on September 28.
  • Zandvoort on June 16.
  • Epe on September 14.

For more details, visit their website.

Strade Bianche reaches capacity

The popular spring gran fondo Strade Bianche is now fully booked. The professional race will feature a new, longer route exceeding 200 kilometers. However, the gran fondo route will remain the same at 138 km, with 2000 meters of climbing, including 42 km of gravel sections.

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