GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® expands its global series in 2020, starting the season with 14 events on 4 continents. Focused on the splendor of cycling in the most remarkable locations, each event of the 2020 international series offers cyclists a memorable cycling experience with the personalized challenge of racing the clock, the route and each other.
“GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® takes event cycling to a new level. Our series is now in our 5th season and we continue to expand our Gran Fondo philosophy around the world. The new destinations joining our series compliment nicely the returning destinations we know so well. Our series expansion offers more races, in new exciting locations, all with the quality of organisation and safety that the GFWT is known for,” said GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® CEO Dani Buyo.
“In order to make our series races even more attractive, we are launching our VIP Experiences alongside the cycling events. The GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® VIP Experiences provide cyclists unique travel packages around the races with everything taken care of to allow the riders to focus on the race and enjoy the overall experience of visiting these special destinations,” added Buyo. “We want to share places to ride your bike, encourage healthy lifestyles, grow our Gran Fondo community and share our true passion of cycling.”
GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® VIP Experiences are prepared high-end experiences designed to include cycling, cuisine, culture and activities, both for the cyclist and the accompanying family and friends. GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® will be collaborating with series events to offer these custom experiences to various destinations in 2020, with further expansion in 2021.
A few of the 2020 series features include the cycling mystique of South Africa, the challenging Vermont countryside, the steep South Korean landscapes of Seorak National Park, the iconic cobbles of the Netherlands in Spring, the sunny weather of the Canary Islands and the extreme conditions of ultra-racing from Trondheim to Oslo in Norway. The series starts mid-February with the EPIC Gran Canaria and will look to add additional events to the 2020 calendar mid-year.
“We are very excited to host the 2020 opening GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® event in Gran Canaria,” said EPIC Gran Canaria Manager, Yojan Reyes. “Gran Canaria is a true cycling destination. With an international airport, beautiful weather and amazing roads, Gran Canaria has it all and is the perfect location for riders and their families.”
“The GRAN FONDO WORLD TOUR® now has a rolling ranking system for all members, focused on participation, rather than winning. Points are accumulated in all events and held for a year with recognition on our platform for anyone who participates in more than one event and a ranking for those who have accumulated the most points in the past twelve months.,” added Buyo.
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Gran Fondo World Championship® 2020- Seorak Gran Fondo
The 5th annual GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP® will be held on May 23rd and 24th, 2020 in Seorak, South Korea. Giant Seorak Gran Fondo features an international peloton of riders from over 40 countries. Athletes take on a steep and challenging 208 km route through the Seorak National Park and compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.
“Seorak Gran Fondo originated with 10 riders departing from the east side of Baek Bok-ryeong in the Donghae city of Gangwon Province at 5:00 am on June 5th, 2010, and ride 265km over seven hills to reach Sokcho. Consisting of beautiful mountain scenery from Seorak Mountain and O’de Mountain in Gangwon Province, the route travels through one of the best mountain areas in Korea. Our event has grown over 10 years and we are proud to be the GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP® in 2020,” said Mr. Kisseok Uhm, Principal and head manager, Giant Seorak Gran Fondo.
This year’s participants will tackle the 208 km course with four UCI category 2 climbs and one HC (Hors Catégorie) category climb with a 12-hour time cut. There is also a MedioFondo event, a 105 km course with two category 2 climbs and two category 4 climbs with a time limit of 7 hours.
Gran Fondo World Tour 2020 Calendar
15-16 February 2020 EPIC Gran Canaria
6-8 March 2020 Tour of Phuket
4-5 April 2020 California Classic Weekend
11 April 2020 Gran Fondo Drenthe
25 April 2020 Swartberg100 Gran Fondo
23- 24 May 2020 Seorak Gran Fondo
30-31 May 2020 Sea Otter Europe Ciclobrava
31 May 2020 Cyclotour du Léman
6- 7 June 2020 Gran Fondo Kazakhstan Silk Way
19-21 June 2020 STYRKEPRÖVEN
27 June 2020 Vermont Gran Fondo
4-5 July 2020 Gran Fondo Nur-Sultan Astana
5 July 2020 Volta als Ports d’Andorra
13 Sept 2020 Gran Fondo Sri Lanka