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Time running out to enter the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo

Jack Elton-Walters
11 May 2017

Last chance to qualify at a UK event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in France

The Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo, which is a qualifying event for the Gran Fondo World Championships, is set to take place on Sunday 4th June but pre-entry will close at midnight on Sunday 14th May.

The event starts and finishes in Peterborough and takes place on fully closed roads around Cambridgeshire.

Those in the top 25% of finishers in their age category in the main Gran Fondo will gain entry to the Worlds, which are scheduled for August in Albi, France.

Gran Fondos blur the boundary between race and sportive, encouraging people to race a sportive, something which isn't met approvingly by all cyclists.

The weekend sees a number of events besides the headline 127km Gran Fondo, including a 90km Medio Fondo which also doubles up as the Tour Classic.

The Tour Classic is for riders on bikes that comply with pre-1987 rules: steel frames, exposed brake cable hoods, down tube shifters and toe clips with straps.

The Gran Fondo includes just 587m of ascent meaning the wind and the manoeuvring of the other riders are much bigger factors when it comes to getting a fast time. 

To encourage all comers, not just people who want to race a sportive, the organisers describe it like a 'big city marathon; those at the front are racing while those behind are either out to test themselves or just enjoy riding on traffic free roads.'

The weekend opens on Friday 2nd June, and riders can watch or take part in a folding bike race, a gravel bike enduro, and time trials on a closed road circuit.

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