The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are the pinnacle of Gran Fondo competition. The event is run each year in different locations between local organisers and the UCI – cycling’s global governing body, attracting cyclists from around the world.
The road to 2020 begins now. The 2020 Championships take place on the same established 122km / 76mi RBC GranFondo Whistler course.
In 2019/20, the top 20% of each 5-year age group at UCI Gran Fondo World Series events will qualify for the 2020 World Champs. And then in 2020, the race to be 1st is on!
It’s important to know that in 2020, you’ll still be able to participate in RBC GranFondo Whistler as normal, regardless of whether you’re qualified for the World Champs. This is in-line with our stated aims of inclusivity and community development, as well as our pride in developing North America’s most successful Gran Fondo event.
“Whether you have a racing background or not, if you’ve ridden some Gran Fondos, then you are more than capable to try and qualify for the World Championships”
-Union Cycliste International
Date: Sat Sept 12, 2020
Distance: 122km / 76 mi
Start: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Finish: Whistler Village, Whistler
Elevation: 1900m / 6200 ft
Rest Stops: 1 (TBC)
Start time: 6.30am
Date: Thu Sept 10, 2020
Start time: TBC
Details and course coming soon.
A full list of qualified riders from all UCI Gran Fondo World Series events will be published in full on the UCI Gran Fondo World Series website.
Global qualifying events
UCI Gran Fondo World Series
|Sept 7, 2019||RBC GranFondo Whistler||Vancouver, BC||Canada|
|May 16-17, 2020||Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo||Jacksonville, AL||USA|
|Jun 5-7, 2020||UCI GF San Luis Potosi||San Luis Potosi||Mexico|
|Jul 4-6, 2020||Classique des Appalaches||Victoriaville, QB||Canada|
|Jul 10-11, 2020||Cache Granfondo||Logan, UT||USA|
|Sept 9-13, 2020||UCI Gran Fondo World Championships||Vancouver, BC||Canada|
|Sept 15, 2019||Amy’s Gran Fondo||Lorne||Australia|
|Mar 14-15, 2020||Bathurst Cycling Classic||Bathurst||Australia|
|Apr 5, 2020||Tour de Brisbane||Brisbane||Australia|
|Oct 5-6, 2019||Tre Valli Varesine||Varese||Italy|
|Feb 23, 2020||UCI Granfondo Casablanca||Casablanca||Morocco|
|Mar 27-29, 2020||Cyprus Granfondo||Pafos||Cyprus|
|Apr 26, 2020||UCI Gran Fondo Troy||Canakkala||Turkey|
|May 9, 2020||GF Campagnolo Lubéron Ventoux||Mormoiron||France|
|May 16, 2020||Schleck Granfondo||Mondorf Les Bains||Luxembourg|
|May 22-24, 2020||Greek Granfondo||Kos||Greece|
|May 23-24, 2020||Granfondo Moscow||Moscow||Russia|
|May 30-31, 2020||Granfondo Banja Luka||Banja Luka||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|Jun 6-7, 2020||Tour of Cambridgeshire||Cambridgeshire||UK|
|Jun 12-14, 2020||Maraton Franja||Ljubljana||Slovenia|
|Jun 20-21, 2020||Granfondo Dnipro||Dnipro||Ukraine|
|Jun 26-28, 2020||Granfondo Switzerland||Villars-sur-Ollon||Switzerland|
|Jul 5, 2020||Granfondo Ezaro||Ezaro||Spain|
|Jul 10-12, 2020||La leggendaria Charly Gaul||Trento||Italy|
|Jul 11-12, 2020||Granfondo Russia||Volokolamsk||Russia|
|Sep 28-29, 2019||Coast to Coast||San José||Costa Rica|
|May 16-17, 2020||GF Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil|
|Nov 29, 2019||LOOK Dubai Gran Fondo||Dubai||UAE|
|Mar 27-29, 2020||Tour de Bintan||Bintan||Indonesia|
|Apr 11-12, 2020||Around Samcheok||Sam Cheok City||Republic of Korea|
|Jul 11-12, 2020||Niseko Classic||Niseko||Japan|
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is a ‘cycling for all’ series where cyclists from all over the world can participate in events where they can obtain their ticket for the official UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in different age groups.
Cyclists who ride in the 2019/20 UCI Gran Fondo World Series are eligible to qualify for the 2020 World Championships. If you register in the GranFondo or St. Regis Cup categories, and finish in the top 20% of your age group, you will qualify for the 2020 UCI GranFondo World Championships.
The 20% is rounded to the highest number to determine the exact number of qualified riders per age group (for instance: with 25 starters, 6,25 eligible for qualification, meaning that the first 7 will be invited for the World Championships)
The first three finishers within the 8 official age categories listed below will always qualify directly for the World Championships, independently of the number of starters in that age group. Riders must finish the race to be qualified. The 20% is calculated based on the number of starters, not on the number of preregistered riders or riders finishing the race. The winners of the qualification slots will be announced on the UCIGFWS website and will be invited by e-mail.
The following are allowed to qualify and participate in the World Championships:
- Riders without a license
- Master license
- Cycling for all license
- An elite license with exception of:
- Any rider who has during the current year been a member of a team registered with the UCI.
- Any rider who has taken part in a world championship, the Olympic games, continental championships or games, regional games, the Commonwealth games, or a World Cup during the current year, other than events for masters.
- Any rider who has UCI points in any discipline at the moment of the event.
Please note, riders of continental teams are not eligible for the World Championships.
Only riders born before 31 December 2001 can qualify for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. For events organized in the same year and immediately following the 2019 World Championships (September-December 2019), riders aged 18 in 2019 may already qualify as they will turn 19 in the year of the 2020 World Championships.
Last year in 2019, we only held a Gran Fondo road race qualifier, and no time trial. However, we will host a time trial in 2020 at the World Champs.
This means that all qualified riders in the 122km distance at the event in 2019 automatically also qualify for the Time Trial World Championships in 2020.
You can also qualify for the time trial at any other UCI Gran Fondo World Series event, the calendar of which can be found on this same web page.
At RBC GranFondo Whistler 2019, qualifying times were based on chip time. The timing chips, located on the back of the bike plate, will register when riders cross the start line and the finish line. This means there is no disadvantage to starting in a later start corral.
Note this may be different at other World Series events.
However, in the World Championships, gun time only is used.
Age groups are as follows, for both women and men:
Age groups are defined by the rider’s age on December 31st of the year of the respective World Championships.
A qualifier event may also organize additional age categories (70-74, 75-79, etc.). Should more than 6 riders register for any of these additional age groups, specific qualification for the World Championships will also be granted within the given age category.
Yes, if 6 riders of more cross the line in a 5 year age group.
See the above question ‘What are the age groups?’ for more information.
We’ll try and keep this one simple.
All riders born in 2001 or before are eligible for both.
Under UCI rules, the age of a rider in a UCI event is classified as the age you are on the 31st of December of the year of the event.
For example, someone born in December 1969 will already be participating and ranked in the 50-54 age groups. Riders who switch age group in between their qualification and the World Championships will automatically take their qualification from Whistler (or one of the other qualifier events) to the next age groups and don’t have to qualify again.
At the World Championships, you will be assigned a corral based on your age group (see ‘What are the age groups?’ above).
Here’s the UCI rules for World Championship licensing in 2020:
“1.1 Licenses In order to participate, riders need a national license from a UCI affiliated national cycling federation. An international license is not required. It is the rider’s responsibility to check if the license also covers him/her with a race insurance for races abroad and eventually take out a private insurance policy. Admitted licenses: • Amateur license • Master license • Cycling for All license • Elite license with exception of: a) Any rider who has during the current year been a member of a UCI registered team. b) Any rider who has taken part in a World Championships, the Olympic Games, Continental Games, Regional Games, the Commonwealth Games, or a World Cup during the current year. c) Any rider who has scored UCI points in the year of the World Championships.”
More info will be released about this closer to the time.
All riders who place in the top 20% of their age group at an official UCI Gran Fondo World Championship Qualifier event will be contacted directly by the UCI to confirm their success and advise for next steps in entering the subsequent World Champs. Please expect this to occur at least a period of several months after the event as rider times need to be double and triple checked, as well as aligned with global databases.
Although we will publish results on our website, from a technical perspective these are only preliminary and not official until the the list is published on the www.ucigranfondoworldseries.
Riders may use any type of bike (road bike, mountain bike, city bike, hybrid bike, cross bike, etc.) with the exception of tandem or recumbent bikes. In the road race event, time trial bikes are forbidden.
In the World Championships, all bikes will be checked for compliance with the UCI’s regulations. For more information visit: uci.ch (see pages 60 to 71 for bike specifications)
Riders are free to wear any type of jersey in the qualifier events, with the following exceptions:
- Reigning World Champions are obliged to wear their official jersey in UGFWS qualifier events in the discipline (road race or time trial) in which they won the World Title
- It is forbidden to wear the rainbow stripes (or any variation of their design) on the national team jersey, bike, helmet, shoes or overshoes during the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
At the World Championships, riders are obliged to wear their national team kit.
We will be selling Team Canada kit on our store, and other nationalities can purchase directly from their national cycling federation.
Firstly, the UCI will email you directly if you’ve qualified under the criteria specified above.
The UCI’s email will have a direct, private link to this registration platform.
Yes! Just because the World Championships are being hosted here, doesn’t mean the rest of the event isn’t happening just as you know and love.
VeloSpoke Bike Expo
At the World Championships, visit VeloSpoke Bike Expo to pick up your race package and experience Vancouver’s premiere cycling and lifestyle exhibition before the main event.
When: Friday Sept 11, 2020
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, East
Time: 11am – 8pm PST
Time trial package pickup will be held on Wednesday Sept 9, location and times TBC.
2020 online registration
|Pricing||Sept 7, 2019 – Sept 8, 2020|
|Bundle (Road Race + Time Trial)||$400|
|Road Race Alta Classe VIP||$825|
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Prices are in CAD – online registration closes on Sept 8, 2020 at 9am PT.