Maraton Franja organized in a safe way

Maraton Franja in Slovenia has a very long tradition going back to 1982 when the first edition was held in the capital city of Ljubljana. The 2020 event will be held on the 6th of September and will have a lot of strict measurements in place to guarantee safety in these difficult Corona-times. It will be the first UCI Gran Fondo World Series qualifier since the Bathurst Cycling Classic in March.

The Slovenian government only allows 500 riders per distance (156 and 100km). All these places have already been reserved so it’s not possible to register anymore. Riders are also advised to read the latest news on travelling from their country to Slovenia and vice versa plus to keep an eye on the website of the event to check the latest news and government decisions.

The time trial and family ride who are traditionally scheduled in the days before the main event have been cancelled and the focus is to have a safe and light version of the very popular Gran Fondo who is held in June every year.

Riders will have to wear a mask when being at the start and can only remove their mask once started. There will be no expo or food corners and the podium ceremony will be very restricted with masks.

The long course will lead riders to two climbs from which the second one is 8km long and often the spot where the race is decided. On the short course, riders have one easier climb halfway. Both races finish with a flat part towards the finish line in BTC city, the commercial heart of Ljubljana.

Slovenian riders who are keen to qualify for the nearby UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Banja Luka next year still have a second chance to qualify in June next year during Maraton Franja 2021.

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