The UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying series of races held the last event of 2022 in Antalya, Turkey from 17-20 November, with both time trial and road race competitions for over 1000 amateur cyclists.
On Thursday 165 aerodynamic speed demons competed in a 20 kilometers long individual time trial, with Sergei Serdiuk recording the fastest time and stopping the clock in 24:19. Eyup Karagobek (24:49) finished in second place and Aydin Kofteci (25:06) third.
Of the women, Victoria Collins racing in the 50-54 age category showed that age is no barrier to success, winning the time trial in 30:37, followed closely by Seniz Pamuk (30:45), Fiona Cockburn (30:48) and Ruby Altman (30:57).
On Sunday riders switched to road bikes to compete in rather short races of 98 and 66 kilometers in length.
For the men’s 98km race it was Gokhan Uzuntas who won from a select group of six riders one and a half minutes ahead of the peloton. Kirill Krasavin, Eyup Karagobek, Trubetskoi Sergey followed Uzuntas, all credited with a final time of 2:26:15.
In the women’s competition a rider only listed as “Bryne” had the fastest finishing time of 2:35:39, over two minutes up on Yulia Polevaya (2:37:54) and Victoria Collins (2:40:26).
Kilic Meltem (1:46:45) and Talha Tektas (1:38:56) won the 66km medio fondo for the women and men respectively.
Competitors finishing in the top 20% in their age/gender category at the gran fondo road race or time trial automatically qualify to attend the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships next August.
The next race in the UCI Gran Fondo worldwide series takes place 4 February 2023 at UCI Gran Fondo Jordan on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan.
UCI Gran Fondo Antalya Time Trial results HERE.
UCI Gran Fondo Antalya Men 98km results HERE.
UCI Gran Fondo Antalya Women 98km results HERE.
UCI Medio Fondo Antalya Men 66km results HERE.
UCI Medio Fondo Antalya Women 66km results HERE.
Photos/Media: UCI Gran Fondo Antalya