The UCI Gran Fondo calendar now includes Gran Fondo Ireland, marking the inaugural UCI Gran Fondo on Irish soil. Scheduled as the latest addition to the calendar on June 29-30, the event will take place in the northwest city of Sligo.
The weekend kicks off with a 21.5km time trial on undulating roads, ranging from sea level to a maximum height of 60m above the sea. On Sunday, participants can choose between a 113km mediofondo, serving as a qualifier for men over 60 and women over 50, and a 159km granfondo, which qualifies the younger age groups. The picturesque course winds through farmlands and rugged coastline southwest of Sligo, featuring elevations of 993m and 1176m, respectively.
This event marks a historic moment as it is the first time the UCI Gran Fondo World Series will host a cycling event in Ireland.