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Gran Fondo Cyprus

30th March 2023

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Days

4 nights

difficulity 

Very Difficult

From

£359

Why Book This Trip?

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 31 March, Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April 2023.
The Gran Fondo Cyprus is a qualifying event for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Glasgow. By the end of each stage of the 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 in Glasgow and be able to race for the World Champion title and the Rainbow Jersey.

Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking

Three great Gran Fondo stages: Perfectly planned and secure stages across three days

Cyprus is great for cycling: Smooth, quiet roads, low traffic and nice weather. We will stay in some of the nicest hotels in Paphos

Qualify for Glasgow 2023: The 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place in Glasgow. The first 20% in each age group will qualify for Glasgow. Get up to 3 opportunities to qualify on Stage 1, 2 or 3.

What's Included?

Accommodation

Choose from 3 hotels in Paphos

Included Meals

Breakfasts and evening meals

Transfers

Airport transfers from Paphos Airport

Finishers Medal

Included

Timing Chips

Electronic Timing and Live Results

Additional Extras - Bike Rental

Available at a supplement

Additional Extras - Sportive Entry

Available at a supplement

Highlights from the Past Event

Itinerary

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 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. If you rented a bike with us, it’s available today.
This evening enjoy the evening meal at the hotel

 

Airport Transfers

Geneva Airport is the closest airport. We offer regular airport transfers on Friday on arrival and on Monday on departure. Our airport transfers include transport for luggage and bikes. Airport transfers cost £60 for a single journey and £100 for a return. If you arrive outside of advertised times for group transfers, we can also arrange private transfers.

Breakfast followed by Stage 1 for the Sportive riders and the ITT for the Expert riders.
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.

Early breakfast at the hotel
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 your hotel

Early breakfast at the hotel
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)

Evening meal at your hotel

Time to say goodbye to Cyprus. We offer airport transfers throughout the day.

More About the Event

The Gran Fondo Cyprus has takes place during the first weekend of April 2023. This will be the 9th consecutive year for the event takes place. As you can qualify at all 3 stages of the Gran Fondo Cyprus, the event provides the perfect opportunity for recreational riders to qualify for the World Gran Fondo Championships that will be held in Glasgow in August 2023. Starting every day near Paphos on the Mediterranean coast, you will climb some of the nicest mountains of the island and pass through traditional and rustic villages. Enjoy the Cyprus weather and nature, before returning back to some of the best hotels in Paphos to enjoy your off-the-bike time!

Choose from two ride options during the weekend; Expert and Sportive. The EXPERT group is aimed at riders who -beyond the participation –are looking to measure up their best performance against other riders who share the same goals.

The SPORTIVE group appeals to any rider who through their participation in this event are looking to experience the wonderful Cyprus nature in spring, explore new places and new destinations in Cyprus, socialize with other cyclists and to share their passion for cycling with hundreds of other cycling enthusiasts. Participants in the Sportive group still be timed at the finish line of each route and will be included at the award ceremonies for each stage.


Sportive Options:

Sportive Group

  • Stage 1 on Friday 31 March – 54km/ 780m ascent
  • Stage 2 on Saturday 1 April – 96km/ 1600m ascent
  • Stage 3 on Sunday 2 April – 54km/ 1435 ascent

Expert Group

  • Stage 1 on Friday 31 March – 20.6km/240m ascent (Individual Time Trial)
  • Stage 2 on Saturday 1 April – 96km/ 1600m ascent
  • Stage 3 on Sunday 2 April – 54km/ 1435 ascent

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.

  Distance Elevation Difficulty
Short Route 20.6km 240m 1/5
Medium Route 54km 780m 2/5
Long Route 96km 1600m 3/5
Medium Route 54km 1435m 2/5

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Logistics covered

We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.

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