What is the UCI Gran Fondo World Series?

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, formally known as the UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships, is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world, which come together for a World Championship final, where amateur riders have the chance to compete for their nation and the ultimate World Champion title and coveted rainbow jersey. In 2020, there will be 30 qualifier events, which will see the top 20% in each Masters age group invited to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series concept allows for all abilities of riders to take part, whether you’re a very competitive riders who either just miss the skills and talent to become a Pro Elite rider, you still want to compete at a high level at a later age, as well as the fun riders who like to keep fit and finish the event. While promoting high level competition for Masters and Amateurs, one of the aims of this series is the globalisation of “Cycling for All”. With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organisational and sporting criteria and a certain tourism interest.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire is the UK’s qualifier event for the UCI GF World Championships. Ride in the Time Trial, finish in the top 20% of your Masters Age Group and you’ll be formally invited by the UCI to compete for your country in the World Championships Time Trial. For the World Championships Road Race, you are able to qualify by taking part in either the Men’s Road Race, Women’s Road Race or the Gran Fondo. The qualification results for the World Championships Road Race are determined by the number of the riders starting within each age group, with the top 20% fastest chip times within both the UCI Race and Gran Fondo combined making up the qualifier results.

At the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, all riders must hold a current ‘Full Racing License’ from their National governing body.

The competition at the World Championships is based upon the UCI Masters age / gender classifications (determined by age as of 31st December 2021), which are:

  • 19-34yrs
  • 35-39yrs
  • 40-44yrs
  • 45-49yrs
  • 50-54yrs
  • 55-59yrs
  • 60-64yrs
  • 65-69yrs
  • 70+yrs

For more information about the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, visit www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com.