The UCI Gran Fondo World Series traveled to the port of Veracruz, Mexico for Gran Fondo Veracruz this past weekend to host the first of four planned 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying races in North America.

Amateur cyclists competed in three events, an 18.6 kilometre individual time trial, 145km gran fondo and 98km medio fondo.  To qualify for the 2022 World Championships in Trento, Italy, riders needed to finish an event in the top 20 percent of their age/sex category.

2

The individual time trial took place on Saturday morning at 07:00 with 180 riders racing solo as fast as possible against the clock.  Omar Gomez was fastest, finishing in 0:24:32 and Lucelia Castillejos Alvarez was the fastest women in 0:29:19.

The gran fondo field of 400 riders included international athletes from Argentina, Chile, Korea, Costa Rica, Spain, the United States, Switzerland and Venezuela, but it was all Mexican’s standing tall on the podium after 145 kilometres of racing on Sunday. 

Miguel Angel Diaz Herrera soloed in for the win, stopping the clock in 3:37:19, almost two minutes up on Crisanto Grajals Valencia (3:38:59) and Oscar Alberto Paredes Garduno (3:39:49). 

5

Marcela Elizabeth Prieto Castenada handily won the women’s 145km race in 4:01:27, an amazing 14 minutes ahead of Valeria Leon Ordaz and Paolo Mecias Estrada, who both finished in 4:15:47.

The medio fondo race saw Deigo Lascurain (2:15:00) and Laura Puga (2:43:20) earn the men’s and women’s trophies respectively. 

Three more UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying races are planned in North America over the next few months: Cheaha Challenge in Alabama, USA on 05 May; Vélo.Victo.Fest. in Quebec, Canada 03 July and Cache Utah Gran Fondo in Utah, USA 09 July.  View the calendar of all 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Series events HERE.

Complete UCI Gran Fondo Veracruz Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo Results: 

Complete UCI Gran Fondo Veracruz Time Trial Results: 

PHOTOS: Gran Fondo Veracruz