The first edition of the UCI Gran Fondo Brasil, a new addition to the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, has been an immediate triumph with the participation of 1000 riders hailing from 9 different countries. This thrilling event is set to take place in the scenic southern province of Santa Catarina, Brazil, with both the starting and finishing lines located in Pomerode.
The main course covers a challenging 140 kilometres, serving as a qualifier for riders in the younger age categories. For participants in the men’s over-60 and women’s over-50 categories, a shorter 80-kilometer route is available, allowing them to finish with a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
The course commences with a relatively flat 35 kilometres before embarking on a demanding ascent to reach an elevation of 520 meters above sea level. This ascent features a 7-kilometer climb with an average gradient of 4.3%, offering a challenging but manageable experience for riders. The second half of the course retraces the same path. The mediofondo course boasts a total elevation gain of 600 meters, while granfondo riders can anticipate a more substantial climb, totalling 1400 meters.
In addition to the 1000 competitive riders, the event will also feature a significant number of schoolchildren who will participate in a dedicated kids’ ride, adding a touch of inclusivity and community engagement to this exciting cycling event.