Although crowning of the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Champions in Trento, Italy is still a week away, qualifying for the 2023 world championships taking place next August in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom has already started.
Amy’s Gran Fondo on Sunday 11 September in Lorne, Australia was the first of what will likely be 25 UCI Gran Fondo World Series races around the world that allow amateur cyclists to qualify to attend the annual UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
On the 130 kilometer long course riders started out with a painful 11 kilometer climb that rises 445 meters to the summit of Benwerrin. The climb quickly shattered the 4000 strong peloton into small groups, with riders battling to finish in the top 20% of their age/gender category and qualify to attend the world championships in Glasgow.
Three hours later it came down to a three-up sprint to determine the overall winner. Tynan Shannon was fastest in the final meters to take the win with a time of 3:22:35, followed closely by Louis Perriman (3:22:36) and Chris Hargreaves (3:22:36).
Jenny Pettenon won for the women in 3:43:25. Imola Giusti (3:49:03) finished next and Ema Padovan (3:51:33) took third.
The next opportunity to qualify for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be at Gran Fondo Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on 2 October, followed by Gran Fondo Antalya in Turkey on 20 November. Check the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship race calendar for the latest list of qualifying races.
Complete Amy’s Gran Fondo results HERE.
Photos: Amy’s Gran Fondo