Gran Fondo Svendborg
DateSaturday 08.06.2024 - 09.06.2024
DistancesTT: 24.3 - 77 - 157 km
Gran Fondo Svenborg will be organized for the first time on the island of Funen as home qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships later in august in Aalborg. The weekend consists of a time trial and granfondo.
The 24.3km time trial on Saturday is an out-and-back loop starting near the city centre of Svendborg on a school parking for a course which mainly goes along the sea in both directions. Riders turn away from the sea after 9km to go to a turning point towards the town of Vejstrup (km 12) at an elevation of 47m to come back over the same road towards the finish. Apart from the turning point, the course is flat and has a total elevation of 158m.
On Sunday, the main event will have two distances. A long 157km Granfondo as qualifier distance for all men 19-59 and women 19-49 while a shorter 77km mediofondo is the qualifier distance for all men over 60 and women over 50.
The first 29km of both courses are the same with a granfondo going left and further up north while the mediofondo turns right to reconnect again with the granfondo course for the last 29km.
With a total elevation of respectively 1143m and 448m, the Danish countryside proves to be more than flat with a road always slightly going up and down, very similar to what riders can expect at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships later in Aalborg.
In the Granfondo, three climbs are marked with a label coming after 31, 42 and 49km so earlier on the course. The climbs have an average gradient of 4% over a distance varying from 1.2 to 1.8km. Enough to break the peloton into smaller parts as the roads wind through the landscape and it’s difficult to stay in front.
SVENDBORG AND FUNEN
Svendborg is renowned for its historic harbor, where colorful boats sway gently in the breeze, creating a postcard-perfect scene. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town, lined with charming shops and cafes, and immerse yourself in the town’s maritime heritage. The Maritime Museum is a must-visit, offering a fascinating journey through Svendborg’s seafaring past.
Nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the scenic beauty of the southern Funen region. Take a leisurely bike ride or hike through the lush countryside, exploring rolling hills and tranquil forests. One highlight is Valdemar’s Castle, a majestic estate surrounded by magnificent gardens, showcasing the region’s historic grandeur.
Svendborg is also celebrated for its delectable culinary scene. Indulge in fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants or savor local delicacies at the bustling market square. The town’s commitment to gastronomic excellence has made it a culinary hub, drawing food enthusiasts from near and far.