UCI RULES YOU SHOULD KNOW
Headspin Events and Cache Gran Fondo, together with our sponsors and partners are pleased to announce we will host the 2nd qualifier in the USA for the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The Gran Fondo Challenge course (113 miles) will serve as the qualifier for all age groups.
Our hope is with the new UCI designation, our ride will bring great cyclists from all over the world to experience the beautiful cycling community and environment in Cache Valley. With all the area has to offer, from Jackson Hole to Moab and all points in between, we feel these riders will enjoy their time in Logan, as well as the region.
With this new designation, there are a few unique rules that apply to our Challenge riders (113 mile course);
1. The first three in each age category and the top 25% of each age category of those cyclists who START the ride will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship in Poland in the late summer/fall of 2019. (Note: If there are three who start in your age group – everybody qualifies! If there are four who start, the top three qualify. If there are 100 who start in your age group, 25 will qualify.)
2. Only the GRAN FONDO CHALLENGE course is eligible to receive this designation. All the other distances will be timed and prizes will also be awarded, but outside the UCI designation.
3. UCI age groups are determined by the cyclist's age on Dec. 31 of that year. (i.e. If you don't turn 50 until August, you would still compete in the 50-54 age group in May.)
4. UCI age groups are:
0-18 (Not an UCI age Group, so ineligible for UCI World Championship. But will receive a Cache Gran Fondo award in 1-2-3 places (men and women.)
19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70+ (According to UCI rules, the 70+ age group must have six or more riders.)
6. For those Century riders on the equipment listed below, per UCI rules, your time will not be eligible for qualification for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
- Recumbent Bike, Hand Cycle/Bike, Tandem Bike, Time Trial Bike, Pedal Assist / E-Bikes (However we will prize top 3 in these categories on the 113-mile)
Cyclists using these bikes are always welcome to ride the century, or any distance, however, as stated above, you will not be able to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Important info about the ride, PLEASE READ this very important info about your START TIME.
Wave Starts: We will start in waves, 112-mile distance will start first, (time still TBA)
NOTE: You MUST start with your age group or be disqualified from qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship. The UCI uses GUN TIME for the qualifying results; however, we will have timing mats at the start which would show if you start in the incorrect group. You will be disqualified if you start in the incorrect group.
Explanation of GUN TIME over CHIP TIME: The UCI principle of gun time is based on the overall UCI race regulations. Example: If rider A starts in the back of the peloton and goes over the start carpet 3 seconds later than a competitor (rider B) in the same age group, BUT at the end of the race, they both sprint for victory with rider A from the back of the peloton winning and rider B who started in front arriving in second wheel in wheel with no time difference. With net time, rider B would win although he was beaten in the sprint. That’s why gun time is applied in all competitive UCI events, also in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series.
What the Gran Fondo World Series is all about
While promoting high level competition for Masters and Amateurs, one of the aims of this series is the globalization of "Cycling for All". With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organizational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series concept is focusing on both very competitive riders who either just miss the skills and talent to become a Pro Elite rider or who still want to compete at a high level at a later age, but also to fun riders who like to keep fit and finish the event.
Finisher medals and prizes
ALL riders receive a finishers medal, unique to the year they are riding. The one in the photo above is from 2014, the photo on the right-side of your screen is also a belt buckle from 2017. Big, Bling, Unique! We want you to KNOW you are finished a Big Fun Ride!
All Riders Compete & Win
While the UCI qualifier is only on the 112-mile course, all riders will receive timing chips, start/finish times and all other items as the 112-mile riders receive. There will be similar prizes for the 38, 50 and 70-mile distances. HOWEVER, if you want a chance to qualify for the UCI world championships, register and race the 113-mile course.