UCI World Cycling Tour Offers You Chance to Become World Champion, Qualifier in Colorado

UCI World Cycling Tour logo for age group road cycling racing world championships

Seeing as how we don’t do a lot of race coverage here on Bikerumor, this one slipped past us earlier this year, but it’s pretty cool.

The UCI World Cycling Tour is an amateur age-group competition that crowns a world champion, and it’s a new program for 2011. Even better, the qualifier events tend to be Gran Fondos, so even if you don’t make the cut you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. And the numbers are decent – the top 10% of finishers in each age group get invited to compete for the rainbow jersey. For larger Gran Fondos, that’s a pretty big opening for you to get the nod.

Six countries are holding qualifiers, and the finals are in Belgium and will cover parts of the famed Bastogne-Liege course. Age group categories will only run two minutes apart at the finals, too, so even the big ride is like a mass start party. For U.S. riders, there’s one remaining qualifier and it’s part of the Echelon Gran Fondo Series. The qualifers here are actually a 66 mile road race with age groups starting in five minute intervals beginning at 7:30am. At 9am, the racers are followed by a Gran Fondo ride. Get in it on August 20-21 in Fort Collins, CO.

While not a qualifer, iRide UK has just announced the first-ever Eddy Merckx Gran Fondo in the UK on July 31.

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