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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

The 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Aalborg, Denmark. The 2024 dates are 28th August until 1st September 2024. It will be the second time Aalborg has hosted the Gran Fondo World Championships. The city in northern Denmark previously hosted the event in 2015.

The event is a four-day event and runs from 28 August – 1 September 2024. It is expected that about 3000 cyclists participate in the championship in Aalborg. The northern city of Aalborg has solid experience in the organization of large mass-participation sporting events, and Denmark is one of the leading bicycling nations in the world.

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2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Aalborg schedule

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

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 4th August. 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 6th August it was the turn of the amateurs in Perth.

Sportive Breaks welcomed 300 riders in Perth 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's 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.

About the UCI Gran Fondo World Series

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Gran Fondo World Series is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. There are 28 worldwide races where participants can win qualification for the official UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in different age groups. The top 25% in each age group at each event’s Individual Time Trial and Gran Fondo qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey.

The 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship will crown the new UCI World Champions in road racing and the time-trial in Aalborg, Denmark in September 2024. Join the notification list now to be the first to be notified when our packages go on sale. ->  

Once confirmed, our typical tour will include:

Included with all packages:

  • Hotel in Aalborg for 3 or 6 nights
  • Secure bike storage
  • Guided warm-up Rides
  • Mechanic Service is Available all weekend
  • ABTA protected.

Also available

  • Single occupancy supplements
  • Extra nights
  • Transfer from Aalborg Airport on Tuesday and Friday on arrival and Monday on return
  • Bike transport from the airport can be booked at £20 per bike per journey.
Event Includes

This purchase includes:

  • Pre-Registration for the 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Aalborg
Your Itinerary

Expected event programme in Aalborg.

Tuesday 27 August – Arrival Day 6-night tour

Please make your own arrangements to arrive at your chosen 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 £20 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.

Wednesday 28 August 2024

Opening event and registration at Gl. Square.

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.

Thursday 29 August 2024 – Individual Time Trial

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 with turbo trainers to warm up and get ready for your slot.

This afternoon the podium ceremonies take place in Aalborg.

Friday 30 August 2024 - Team relay

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.

Saturday 31 August 2024 – Rest Day

Rest day, where activities are organised 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 30km

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 

Sunday 1 September 2024 – UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Road Race with start and finish at Nytorv.

Today is the day! 

Getting to the start

It’s just a short rollout from each of our hotels to the start line. Please make your own way to the start this morning, based on your own start time. 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
  • 11.45 – Start of the public 100m mile Sportive
  • 14.15 – Start of the short distance Sportive
  • 17.00 - 2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Podium ceremonies

Monday 2 September

Departure after breakfast. We offer airport transfers back to Aalborg airport at set times today.

If you want to depart at any other time, then we also offer private transfers on request. Please contact us for a quote.

Need to Know

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 is 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. The age categories of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are: 

  • 19 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59
  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70 – 74
  • 75 – 79

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 book

Please make your booking by clicking on the orange button at the top of the page. Please ensure that you select the correct room type for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place. 

Travel advice

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Denmark’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

Medical certificate

Please note you do not need a medical certificate to take part in the2024 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. 

Registration

The race is open to all male or female riders that are at least 17 years old. Participation is subject to provision of a medical certificate: a certificate of fitness to practice competitive cycling (certificates for other types of sports such as triathlon, duathlon, athletics, etc. are not valid)

Travel Insurance

For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events in Italy. Please remember to insure your bike for foreign travel.

Location

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.

BY PLANE

Copenhagen Airport is perfectly located for a visit to Copenhagen or Sealand. Under fifteen minutes by metro or train into the centre 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.

BY TRAIN

It is possible to reach Denmark by train, either by taking the train from Sweden (sj.se) or by taking the train from Germany (www.bahn.de). 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 www.seat61.com.

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.

BY FERRY

Several major tour operators run ferry and cruise services to Denmark from other major European destinations, including Scandlines, Color Line, Fjord Line and Stena Line. DFDS 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.

BY CAR

The driving distance between Copenhagen and Aalborg is 413 km. It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Copenhagen to Aalborg.

Coach lines:

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

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