Long awaited details for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships taking place in Trento, Italy from 15-18 September have been released – and lightweight climbers are exstatic.

With about 4000 meters of climbing for the gran fondo race, including three ascents of epic Monte Bondone, pure sprinters might want to sit this one out. Amateur’s looking to pull on a world championship rainbow jersey at the end of the day will need world class climbing legs.

The main events, the 145km gran fondo and 87km medio fondo on Sunday, include multiple trips up the Giro d’Italia’s famous Monte Bondone. Medio fondo riders will climb Bondone one and a half times and gran fondo riders will ascend it two and half times before heading back to the finish in the city center.

After a flat and fast first 10km, riders will start the 20km climb of Monte Bondone from the southwest averaging 10% gradient, followed by a long downhill to the Valley of the Lakes where participants will pass a few villages before starting a second 17.5km climb of Monte Bondone averaging 7.5% from the north. After descending again through the valley, they will start their third trip up Bondone, this time only going halfway before descending 12km back to the finish in city center.

Since total elevation gain for the gran fondo is 4000m over a distance of 145km and the medio fondo gains 2200m over 87km, the course favors pure climbers, skinny cyclists capable of maintaining a high watts/kilogram power output on steep slopes for a long time.

While the main races are on Sunday, the championship weekend begins on Thursday with individual time trials using the professional/elite European Championship course from last year. The 19.7km loop is mainly flat with only two bridge climbs to get over. The spectator friendly team relay will use a flat and short circuit in the city center on Friday evening.

Photos: Turismo Trento – Monte Bondone