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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Aalborg 2024


3 to 6 Nights




2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Aalborg, Denmark

The biggest sportive cycling event of the year. The 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place in Aalborg, Denmark between August 29 and September 1, 2024.

Sportive Breaks Tour dates:

  • 3 night Gran Fondo Weekend – Friday – Monday
  • 3 night ITT trip – Tuesday – Friday
  • 6 night tour – Tuesday – Monday

Full details of the routes have now been announced.

The Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo take place on Sunday, September 1. The Time Trial takes place on Thursday, August 29. The event sees riders from around the world compete for the Rainbow Jersey in the Time Trial and Gran Fondo Road Race. This event is the pinnacle of amateur Gran Fondo racing. To qualify, enter one of the events that’s part of the 2023 and 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Series and all you have to do is finish in the top 25% of your age group. Qualifying is not as hard as you think so give it a go and represent your country in 2024!

2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg schedule

  • Thursday, August 29 – UCI Gran Fondo Individual Time Trial
  • Friday, August 30 – Team Relay (non-competitive)
  • Sunday, September 1 – 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships – Gran Fondo and Medio Fond

Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.

Chef de Mission: Our Chef de Mission is Rowland Summerlin, Race Director of the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Perth, Scotland. Benefit from his wealth of experience.

Choice of hotels: We offer the best choice of hotels for every budget close to the start and finish.

Cycling services: As well as hotels, we will also offer mechanic services, transport, bike rental and guided rides on the course.

What's Included?


Team Hotel in Aalborg

Included Meals

Breakfast included 

Guided Rides

Recon of full ITT course and highlights of Gran Fondo course


Mechanics available throughout your stay

Chef de Mission

Experienced Chef de Mission, Rowland Summerlin has a wealth of experience for you to benefit from

Event Gallery


Day To Day

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in Aalborg today or make use of our airport transfers. We provide a regular service from Aalborg Airport. We will welcome you at the airport and your coach will be waiting outside the terminal. We will also transport your bike in its box or bag.

Transport of Bike Boxes

If you are travelling with a bike box or bag, then we offer transportation at $24 per bike per journey. Please book this in advance to ensure that there is space on our vehicle.

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as bikes can be safely stored at the hotel. Our mechanic will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel.

Opening event and registration at Gl. Square in Aalborg.

After breakfast, our team will lead you on a short, guided ride of the Time Trial course. You can also register for tomorrow’s event and collect your race pack and attend the official riders briefing.

Single start with start and finish at Nytorv (Individual Time Trial).

After breakfast, please make your way over to the Time Trial start. We offer private warm up areas to get ready for your slot.
This afternoon the podium ceremonies take place in Aalborg.

Team Relay with start and finish at Nytorv.
The team relay is a non-competitive event where mixed teams challenge for the title. No rainbow jerseys are awarded for this event.

Rest day, where activities are organized on Gammel Torv in Aalborg for the many participants and the local community.

After breakfast, please ensure that you register for tomorrow’s event. We also offer a guided ride on the Gran Fondo route.

Guided Ride

Main Route: max 18 miles
After breakfast and any final bike adjustments, we will take you on a supported, guided ride exploring the Gran Fondo course. A short coffee spin has been organised to keep your legs moving, but nothing too strenuous the day before the sportive.
After the ride, please make your way to the event expo in to collect your race pack and attend the technical briefing for tomorrow’s Gran Fondo.

Event Registration

  • 09.00 – 18.00 Registration and collection of race packs
  • 14.00 – 15.00 – Technical briefing for Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo

Today is the day! We have an early start this morning. Early breakfasts are arranged in the hotel restaurant.

Getting To The Start

Our staff will be on hand this morning if you have any last-minute mechanical issues, or if you need directions to the start line.

Provisional itinerary

  • 10.00 – 16.30 Gran Fondo
  • 10.30 – Medio Fondo races
  • 16.00 – 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships podium ceremonies

Departure day. We are running airport transfers back on Monday to Aalborg airport.

More About the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Sportive Breaks were the official fan and amateur participant travel and experiences provider of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and Scotland.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships took place on Friday, August 4, 2023. As part of the Super Cycling World Championships in Scotland there was also the opportunity for amateur cyclists to become world champions and wear the Rainbow Jersey for a year. Two days before the Elite Men who took to the roads of Edinburgh and Glasgow on Sunday, August 6 it was the turn of the amateurs in Perth.

Sportive Breaks welcomed 300 riders who stayed at several hotels in and around Perth.

Throughout 2022 and 2023 amateur riders had the opportunity to qualify for the World Champs in Perth by qualifying in the top 25% of their age group at a series of qualifier events worldwide. Former Olympic champion Aleksandr Vinokourov won gold in the men aged 50 to 54, while 64-year-old French cycling legend Jeannie Longo took silver in the women’s race.

Vinokourov who is the general manager of Mark Cavendish’ current team Astana Qazaqstan wasn’t the only team boss who won gold. Sportive Breaks client Sylvan Adams of team Israel-Premier Tech was victorious in the 65 – 69 age category. Former Dutch Pro rider Johnny Hoogerland of 2011 Tour de France barbed wire fame also won his age group.


2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Aalborg, Denmark. The event brings together qualifying cyclists from all over the world. The winner in each age group will have the honour of wearing the coveted rainbow jersey for a year as official UCI Gran Fondo world champion.

Launched in 2011, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (formerly known as the UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned road races held all over the world. Throughout the 2023 – 2024 season, a series of events will qualify the top 25% in each age group for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The age group winners of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are awarded the UCI rainbow jersey. The qualifier events are open to riders of all levels: those who aim to make the podium and others who wish to cross the finish line in the best possible time.  For more information:

Who can take part?

Each UCI Gran Fondo World Series event of the 2023-2024 seasons grants qualification rights for the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Events Calendar available here. Based on the results of each race, the first 20% of athletes in each age group will be qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The 20% is calculated based on the number of starters in each age group, and not on the number of riders having finished the race. In addition, the first three riders of each official age category will qualify directly for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, independently of the number of starters in that age group. Riders must finish the race to gain qualification.

All rules are available here

Jersey is obligatory

It is mandatory for a rider to wear their national kit at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Time Trial, Team Relay and Road Race. Although the official national jersey is not required, a jersey representing their country with a similar design and colours as the original national team jersey is required. Private or club sponsors are allowed to be featured on the national jersey.

How to Travel to Aalborg

Aalborg is the capital of North Jutland, and in a league of its own. A pocket-size city, with its own unique atmosphere and something for everyone. Museums, cultural monuments, and historic buildings. World-class architecture, zoo, art, and gastronomy in abundance. And that’s in addition to great shopping, cobbled, picturesque streets, the relaxing Fjord Park, and an inviting, bustling harbour front.


Copenhagen Airport is perfectly located for a visit to Copenhagen or Sealand. Under fifteen minutes by metro or train into the center of the city, the airport is ideally placed for those wanting to visit the capital. It also regularly wins awards as one of Europe’s best airports. Check out the Copenhagen Airport website for flight information as well as disability access and other facilities.

Billund airport is ideally located for trips to Jutland and has several international flight routes. It is also the perfect place to fly to visit the LEGOLAND® Billund Resort! And if you’re heading further north, Aarhus airport and Aalborg airport are even closer to Skagen and all the top attractions in Northern Sealand. 

Check out the full list of airports here

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Aalborg by train

The train journey time between Copenhagen Airport (CPH) and Aalborg is around 4h 38m and covers around 295 miles. Operated by Danish Railways (DSB), the Copenhagen Airport (CPH) to Aalborg train service departs from CPH Lufthavn and arrives in Aalborg St.. Typically 97 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance. DSB Train | Discover Denmark by train


It is possible to reach Denmark by train, either by taking the train from Sweden ( or by taking the train from Germany ( There are direct trains from Hamburg (4 hours 40 minutes) and from Stockholm (5 hours 30 minutes, with overnight sleeper options). For more information on international train routes, visit

European citizens can buy a single country InterRail Denmark Pass offering unlimited train journeys up to 8 days a month; Denmark is also included in the InterRail Global Pass that allows access to train routes in 33 European countries, making a multi-stop Scandinavian trip easy. The Eurail Denmark Pass offers similar options for non-European citizens.


Several major tour operators run ferry and cruise services to Denmark from other major European destinations, including ScandlinesColor LineFjord Line and Stena LineDFDS operates a two-night cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo with overnight travel to Oslo, a day (6.5 hours) in the city and overnight travel back, among other routes.


Driving distance between Copenhagen and Aalborg is 256 miles. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Copenhagen to Aalborg.

Coach lines:

Multiple coach operators have routes into Copenhagen, including Eurolines GermanyFlixBus and Swebus. Direct routes include Berlin to Copenhagen (approximately 9 hours) and Amsterdam to Copenhagen (approximately 13 hours).


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