Maraton Franja in Slovenia on 6 September will kickoff qualifying for the 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. It will be the first UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier since the Bathurst Cycling Classic in March.
To help guarantee the safety of participants strict new coronavirus health protocols will be enforced.
The Slovenian government requires riders be limited to 500 in the 156 and 100km races. Both races have already reached this limit and are sold out. The time trial has been cancelled in the interest of safety.
Riders must wear a mask when at the start and can only remove it after 1km of racing. There will be no vendor expo or food and the podium ceremonies will require masks.
Riders who could not enter the sold out event will have a second chance to qualify next June at Maraton Franja 2021.
The 2021 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are scheduled to take place next door in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina in September.