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Tour of Cambridgeshire UCI Gran Fondo Pre-entries Close Sunday 14th May

by Holly Blades

The remaining UK round of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series (UGFWS), the Tour of Cambridgeshire, takes place from Peterborough on Sunday 4th June 2017 but pre-entries for the event close at midnight on Sunday 14th May 2017.

This is the last opportunity for UK based riders to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships on home soil. The top 25% of finishers in each age category will gain an automatic invite to represent their country at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France, in August.

The UGFWS course is a 79 mile (127km) fully closed road route with very little climbing, 1926ft (587m), and the wind usually proving the biggest challenge of the day apart from the speed. This is the course which must be used to gain a World Championship qualifying place. 

You don't have to race though with the majority of riders happy to test themselves or simply enjoy riding on the fully closed roads throughout the course.  The easiest way to describe a true gran fondo is to think in terms of a big city marathon; those at the front are racing while those behind are either out to test themselves or just enjoying riding on traffic free roads. 

Medio Fondo and Tour Classic race / rideThere is also a medio fondo distance of 56 miles (90km) which is based on the long course and is again on fully closed roads round the Fens. This is also the course for the Pella & The Light Blue Tour Classic event which is a race / ride for bikes of pre-1987 event rules, ie steel frames, exposed brake cable hoods, down tube shifters and toe clips & straps. There will be a podium for males and females in this category but again the majority of the entrants will be happy to just ride their classic bikes on traffic free roads

Cycling festival weekend The weekend of cycling begins on Friday 2nd June at Peterborough Arena with the folding bike fondo and the electric bike trial taking place on site. The main event on Saturday is the closed road Endura Chrono individual and team time trials and also taking place within the showground is a family fondo and a gravel bike enduro. Sunday is gran fondo day with the long qualifier and medio distances as well as the Tour Classic using the medio route whilst within the showground again there will be fixie bike racing and a summer cyclo cross race. Registrations open on Friday at mid day so there will be plenty going on to entertain those registering as well as an expo area.

For more details on the Tour of Cambridgeshire gran fondo and Chrono and the weekend's events please visit -