£599 |Entry at £190
2024 Gran Fondo Cyprus with Sportive Breaks
The Gran Fondo Cyprus offers early season riding in one of Europe’s best cycling locations. Take part in this 3-day Gran Fondo with 3 varied stages on Friday 29 March, Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2024.
Qualify for Aalborg 2024
The Gran Fondo Cyprus is a qualifying event for the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg held in August 2024. By the end of each race, the first 25% athletes of each Age Category will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the Gran Fondo World Championships and be able to race for the World Champion title.
The first day will give you the chance to qualify for the Individual Time Trial World Championships whereas the following two days will give you two separate chances (one in every stage) to qualify for the Road Race World Championships. Riders with UCI points are eligible to qualify.
Sportive Breaks and the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
Sportive Breaks were the official travel partner for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Perth, Scotland. The 2024 world championships will be held in Aalborg, Denmark. Sportive Breaks will provide travel and support packages to qualified riders. Our host will be experienced race director Rowland Summerlin. Rowland was the race director for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo Worlds in Perth and for the now defunct Tour of Cambridgeshire. He is currently the race director for UCI Gravel World Series event the Gralloch and experienced as ‘Chef de Mission’ for Team GB age group world championships. Rowland will again fulfil this role for Sportive Breaks in Aalborg and also in Leuven for the 2024 UCI Gravel World Championships. In Cyprus Rowland is on hand to answer all questions you may have on the world championships.
Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.
Book with The Official Tour Operator of British Cycling: Sportive Breaks are the official travel partner for British Cycling.
Centrally located hotel: Stay at Hotel Aliathon close to the start and finish.
Guaranteed Entry: Available at £190 per entry
Cycling services: As well as hotels, we will also offer mechanic services, transport, bike rental and guided rides on the course.
Hotel Aliathon close to the event
Breakfast and evening meals included
Choice of bike models available from £145
Available at £190
Airport transfers from Paphos Airport included
Sportive Breaks Host
Our experienced host has a wealth of knowledge about the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
Packages and Prices
The Gran Fondo Cyprus offers early season riding in one of Europe’s best cycling locations. Take part in this 3-day Gran Fondo with 3 varied stages on Friday 29th March, Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March 2024. Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, climbing some of the nicest mountains of the island and passing through many traditional villages, it offers the participants an unforgettable experience.
The Gran Fondo Cyprus is a qualifying event for the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg held in August 2024
- £599 per person based on two people sharing a twin (2 single beds) or 1 double studio (1 bed for couple)
- £714 per person based on single occupancy of a studio
Included with your weekend
- Meet and greet at the airport
- Return airport transfers to/ from your hotel
- 4* hotel in Paphos
- Half Board catering (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Collection and delivery of race number/goody bag
- Race and course briefing
- Pasta Party Dinner in Hotel
- Early morning breakfast on race day
- Dedicated recovery tent
- Free downloadable group photos
- Local expertise and customised advice on Paphos activities & sightseeing
- Guaranteed entry to the 2024 Gran Fondo Cyprus at £190 (RACE entry package)
- Bike rental available – Scott Solace Disk, Canyon Ultimate CF SL DISK 7.0, Canyon Endurace CF 7.0 or similar from £145 for the duration of the trip. Please contact us for availability – Call: (+44) (0)161 676 0390 or Email: [email protected]
Included with your race entry:
- Race Entry for all 3 stages
- UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Qualification attempt
- Bike and Bib numbers
- Electronic Timing and Live Results
- Digital Maps and GPX files
- Technical assistance during the race
- Medical assistance during the race
- Feed stations with fruits, water and electrolytes
- Route signage and safety
- Opening ceremony pasta party
- Lunch reception after last stage
- Finisher’s medal
- Goody bag
- Commemorative T-shirt
- Energy bars/gels
- Sticker profile graphs
Day To Day
Please make your own arrangements to arrive at our hotel or meet us at Paphos Airport. We will run several airport transfers throughout the day. Please allow an hour from your flight landing time to your transfer time, to allow you to get through passport control and collect your luggage. The transfer takes approximately 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.
What about my bike?
You can bring your own bike as we have planned to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. Our host will be available this afternoon at the hotel to assist you with fitting your rental bike or building your own bike after travel. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel. If you rented a bike with us, it’s available today.
This evening enjoy the evening meal at the hotel
Breakfast followed by the ITT for all riders. On Stage 1, riders racing the Individual Time Trial will have the opportunity to qualify to the ITT World Championships. Riders in the SPORTIVE group will race in a road race with NO qualification.
More information here
- 09:30 Start of Stage 1 for the SPORTIVE/ Start Area at Pafos Castle
- 11:00 Start of Stage 1 for the EXPERT*/ Start at Kouklia Village
- For the ITT the final start list will be announced the night before and riders must be present at the start line 15 mins before their starting time
- 18:00 Award ceremony for Stage 1 at Annabelle Ballroom, Annabelle Hotel
This afternoon you are free to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and we will have the evening meal together at the hotel.
GRAN FONDO Race
Qualification for Age Groups up to Men 59 and Women 49. Distance: 103km | Ascent: +1820m
MEDIO FONDO Race
Qualification for Age Groups of Men 60+ and Women 50+. Distance: 89.3km | Ascent: +1470m
- 09:20 Start of Stage 2 for the EXPERT/ Start Area at Pafos Castle
- 09:25 Start of Stage 2 for the SPORTIVE/ Start Area at Pafos Castle
- 18:00 Award ceremony for Stage 2 at Annabelle Ballroom, Annabelle Hotel
Evening meal at the hotel
GRAN FONDO Distance
Qualification for MEN 19-59 and WOMEN 19-49. Distance: 54.2km | Ascent: +1420m.
MEDIO FONDO Distance
Qualification for MEN 60+ and WOMEN 50+. Distance: 45.5km | Ascent: +1060m
- 08:20 Start of Stage 3 for the EXPERT/ Start Area at Pafos Castle
- 08:25 Start of Stage 3 for the SPORTIVE/ Start Area at Pafos Castle
- 15:00 Light meal and award ceremony for Stage 3 and general classification at Pafos Castle (subject to change according to weather conditions)
All riders who qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will receive a qualification medal at the award ceremony after each stage. All participants of the Cyprus Gran Fondo will receive a finisher’s medal at the finish line of Stage 3.
Throughout the day airport transfers are available in line with your flight departure time.
2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
Each UGFWS event will grant participation rights for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. By the end of each race, the first 20% athletes of each Age Category from a Combined Classification of the EXPERT and SPORTIVE Groups will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the Gran Fondo World Championships and be able to race for the World Champion title.
The first day will give you the chance to qualify for the Individual Time Trial World Championships whereas the following two days will give you two separate chances (one in every stage) to qualify for the Road Race World Championships. Riders with UCI points are not eligible to qualify.
On Stage 1, riders in the EXPERT group will have to compete in an Individual Time Trial and the first 20% athletes of each age category will be qualified to the Individual Time Trial World Championships, whereas riders in the SPORTIVE group will race in a road race with no qualification.
On Stage 2 and 3, the road race will be the same for the EXPERT and SPORTIVE Groups and by the end of each race, the first 20% athletes of each age category from a combined classification of the EXPERT and SPORTIVE groups will be qualified to the Road Race World Championships. So this give you two separate chances (one in every stage). Riders with UCI points are not eligible to qualify.
The first three riders of each Age Category of the combined classification will always qualify directly for the World Championships, independent of the number of starters in that age group. Riders have to finish the race to be qualified. The 20% is calculated based on the number of starters, not on the number of finished riders. The winners of the slots will be announced on the UCI Gran Fondo World Series website and will be invited by e-mail.
You can find all the information regarding the UGFWS Qualification regulations here: http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/
What makes Cyprus such a great place for spring cycling? The road surfaces are as good as Mallorca but with almost no traffic. The terrain is mixed with long climbs, rolling hills and flat rides by the coast. And of course this is one of the warmest climates in Europe with temperatures in the low 20s from Feb and 325 sunny days per year.
Paphos airport is well served by international airlines. Rent a car at the airport or take our airport transfer.
The Aliathon Resort offers a unique philosophy that guides everything we do and ensures a home away from home for all of our future generations.
Established in 1992 with the opening of 52 apartments, the Aliathon has now grown into a holiday resort with a total capacity of 459 rooms/apartments and suites and an extensive and enticing array of services and facilities.
Aliathon was the dream of five brothers and sisters, the Philippides family. Today ownership remains with their families who have a stronger than ever commitment to offer a superior service and a personal touch oriented to the traditional Cypriot culture and green environment. With a wealth of experience and an enviable reputation for quality of service, Aliathon Resort will guarantee customer satisfaction and excellent service ensuring an unforgettable experience.