For the third time in a row European cyclists will compete for European Cycling Union (UEC) Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo championships in Italy next year. Gran Fondo Matildica on 4 June 2023 will host the amateur races, in addition to serving as a UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying race.

Two different routes are planned: a 125 kilometers long Medio Fondo with 1760 meters of vertical gain and the main 159km Gran Fondo with over 2650 meters of climbing, both starting and finishing in Reggio Emilia.

The top three Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo riders in each age/gender category will be awarded UEC medals, with first place also pulling on a prized blue-white-yellow UEC Champion’s jersey.

The Medio Fondo will award UEC champion titles in the following male and female categories: 50+, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+, while the Gran Fondo will do the same for age categories: 19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-50. 

All riders who finish in the top 20% of their age/gender category will also qualify for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships taking place in Glasgow, Scotland GBR in August.

Complete UEC European Championship rules, technical guides, route profiles and online registration information HERE.

Photos: UEC, Gran Fondo Matildica