Date August 4, 2023
Nights 2 to 6 Nights
Price From £TBCpp
2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships August 4, 2023 UK UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships with Sportive Breaks

The biggest sportive cycling event of the year. The 2023 UCI Granfondo World Championships Gran Fondo takes place on Friday 4th of August. The Time Trial takes place on Monday 7th of August. 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 2022 and 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Series and all you have to do is finish in the top 20% of your age group. Qualifying is not as hard as you think so give it a go and represent your country in 2023!

Weekend Highlights

Weekend Highlights

  • 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: Sportive Breaks are the official travel partner for the 2023 Cycling World Championships for amateur cyclists and fans

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

  • Choice of packages: We offer a 2 or 3 night tour for the Gran Fondo and the Time Trial. We also offer a 6 night tour that takes in both events.

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

  • Extension packages: Book with us to experience some of the other cycling world championship events taking place at the same time.

What's Included

Accommodation

Choice of hotels

Included Meals

Breakfast included. Dinners at selected hotels

Guided Rides

Recon of full ITT course and highlights of Gran Fondo course

Mechanic

Mechanics available throughout your stay

Guided Warm Up Ride

Ride the day before both ITT & Gran Fondo

Additional Extras

Transfer

Available from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport

Bike Rental

Available at a supplement

2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Glasgow and Scotland. the venues for the two events will be confirmed at a later date.  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 2022-2023 season, a series of events will qualify the top 20% 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: http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/

The Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo take place on Friday 4th August 2023 with a route that starts and finishes in a location to be confirmed in Scotland. The Time Trial takes place on Monday 7th August in a location TBC.

Itinerary

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Wednesday 2 August 2023 : Arrival Day for 6 night stays and 3 night Gran Fondo stays

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your chosen hotel or meet us at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. We will run regular transfers from both airports today. 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.

What about my bike?
You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to transport bike boxes on our airport transfers. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. 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. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

Our Hotels
We offer a variety of hotels to suit different budgets. Our hotels are al located at just a few minutes from the start and the finish of the Gran Fondo.

The hotel is booked on a bed and breakfast basis. Some hotels also have evening meals included. You will also have free access to the following:
• WIFI
• Secure bike store

Please refer to the hotel details page of your chosen hotel to find out more about what’s included.

Thursday 3 August 2023 : Arrival day & Gran Fondo Recon day

Two-Night stay

We offer a two-night stay for the Gran Fondo for UK riders. We will not offer airport transfers today. Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your chosen hotel. If you decide to arrive today, please arrive in plenty of time to check into your hotel, prepare your bike and register/ sign on for tomorrow’s event at the event village.

What about my bike?

You can bring your own bike as we have made arrangements to store bikes at our hotels. Alternatively, you can rent a bike with us for the weekend. 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. Bikes can be safely stored at the hotel.

Our Hotels

We offer a variety of hotels to suit different budgets. Our hotels are al located at just a few minutes from the start and the finish of the Gran Fondo.

The hotel is booked on a bed and breakfast basis. Some hotels also have evening meals included. You will also have free access to the following:

  • WIFI
  • Secure bike store

Please refer to the hotel details page of your chosen hotel to find out more about what’s included.

Itinerary for Wednesday arrivals

After breakfast we will assist all those who haven’t built their bikes yet after arriving yesterday. This afternoon, join us on our first ride. We offer a guided ride to discover the Gran Fondo course.
Late afternoon and early evening, our tour leaders and bike mechanics are available for you.

Race Briefing

This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through race day logistics and of course the route. We will have an evening meal together at the hotel (where included).

Friday 4 August 2023 : Gran Fondo day

After a decent breakfast head down to the start area. Our hotels are all located within cycling distance of the start and the finish. Our chef de mission is at the race village all day to help if you have any issues.

From 17.00 – 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Podium ceremonies

This evening our team will assist with re-packing your bikes ahead of travel tomorrow.

Trip Extension Elite Road Races

The road races for elite men and women will take place in Glasgow On Saturday 5 August the juniors will race and on Sunday 6 August the Men’s Elite riders will tackle the course around Glasgow.

Stay with us for 1 or 2 nights in Glasgow and book VIP hospitality with us (optional). Transport from the Gran Fondo venue to Glasgow is included with your extension tour.

Saturday 5 August : Departure day Gran Fondo & arrival day for Time Trial

After breakfast please check out of your hotel if you stayed with us for the 2 or 3 night Gran Fondo itinerary. We provide airport transfers back to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. Alternatively join our extension to watch the junior and men’s elite road races in Glasgow.

Time Trial

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your chosen hotel or meet us at Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. We will provide regular transfers. 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.
Our mechanics are available on arrival to assist with fitting rental bikes and building bikes after travel.

This afternoon and evening you are free to enjoy the hotel’s facilities and we will have the evening meal together at the hotel (where included).

Sunday 6 August : ITT Recon day

After breakfast and any final bike adjustments, we will take you on a supported, guided ride exploring the Time Trial course. A short coffee spin has been organised to keep your legs moving, but nothing too strenuous the day before the Time Trial.

Race Briefing

This evening our bike guides will do a race briefing to run through race day logistics and of course the route. We will have an evening meal together at the hotel (where included).

Monday 7 August : Time Trial Day

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.

 

Tuesday 8 August : Departure day

Departure day. We are running airport transfers back on Monday to Edinburgh and Glasgow airport.

Team Time Trial Mixed Relay on Tuesday 8 August

Sportive Options

The courses will be announced at a later date. Women up to the 45 – 49 age group and men up to the 65 – 69 age group will take part in the Gran Fondo long distance. Women and men in the older age groups will compete on the Medio Fondo short distance. On the Time Trial all age groups will do the same distance.

For reference, below you will find the 2022 routes.

Distance Elevation Difficulty
Short Route 19.75km 79m 1/5
Medium Route 87.6km 2325m 3/5
Long Route 145km 3895m 4/5
Short Route

Airport Transfers

We offer optional airport transfers from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport for you, your luggage and your bike box. Please contact us directly to discuss private transfer options. Please do contact our team [email protected]

Airport
Arrival Times
Departure Times
Glasgow (GLA) & Edinburgh (EDI)
We are running transfers from the airport. 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.
We are running transfers back. Please allow 2 hours for check-in from departure time from your hotel to your flight departure time.

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