UCI Gran Fondo World Championships moved to October in Istocno Sarajevo
The UCI has today announced that the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be moved to Istocno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, the date of these World Championships has been moved to 6-10 October 2021. We are excited that this will allow all Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo and Road Race participants to qualify for the World Championships at #ToC2021.
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2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
Official statement from the UCI Gran Fondo World Series:
Istocno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the host city of the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and will move to 6-10 October 2021 after many qualifier events were urged to move to later in the season and early September was a big risk in the crowded city center of Banja Luka, where the event was first scheduled. This move to later in the season will also be better for the many travel restrictions that currently exist.
The program of these World Championships will also be slightly different from previous years with the Time Trial on Wednesday, Team Relay on Thursday evening, the short Mediofondo distance on Saturday and long Granfondo distance on Sunday.
The Time Trial is 20km long and takes place in Pale, not far from Sarajevo. It’s an out-and-back loop on the same road with 270m of elevation.
The Team Relay is on a 2km course while the Granfondo and Mediofondo courses are challenging with quite some elevation. Both races start on the outskirts of the city for a first 30km flat around the airport before going on a local circuit of 37km that needs to be done 1,5 times for the Mediofondo and 2,5 times for the Granfondo before heading to the finish on an altitude of 1590m in Jahorina where the 1984 Winter Olympics took place. Total elevation for the Mediofondo is 2470m over a distance of 99km while the Granfondo has 3420m of elevation over a distance of 136km.
Further details about the 2021 Gran Fondo World Championships will be announced soon.