GRINDSTED, JUNE 23RD & 24TH
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is a 'cycling for all' series where cyclists from all over the world can participate in events where they can obtain their ticket for the official UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in different age groups.
There are qualifier events for both road-races and time-trial. The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will crown the new UCI Worldchampions in Road racing and Time Trial.
Gran Fondo Denmark is a qualifying race for the Gran Fondo World Championship staged by the International Cycling Union (UCI) - the 25 percent best riders in each age group qualifies for the final.
We in the Municipality of Billund are really looking forward to host the UCI Gran Fondo 2018, and we would like to bid a warm welcome to the multitude of cyclists from all over Europe and their friends and family.
Ib Kristensen, mayor
The Gran Fondo Denmark 2018 course begins in the center of Grindsted and runs directly on Hovedevejen southeast to Hegnsvig and on to Vorbasse. Over the next 40 km to Egtved riders will have to go on smaller roads - technically difficult with side winds and well-known climbs such as Blue Horse and Tørskind Hill. The first of three depots with fruit and water is at Egtved after about 60 km and the next 10 km is on main road - then the race will open when the peloton once again enters smaller roads.
From kilometer 90 and the next 15 km, the crucial split can be expected when the riders cross Østengård - the notorious rise from PostNord Tour of Denmark - and shortly after the cobblestone section at Hopballe. The last part is on main roads again before the finish in the heart of Grindsted - a total of 177 km and 1179 altitude meters.