The 2024 season of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series kicks off this Thursday, running through Saturday along the picturesque borders of the Dead Sea in Jordan. This event marks the beginning of a series leading up to the World Championships in Denmark in August.
The inaugural time trial on Thursday follows a challenging 19.3km back-and-forth loop, commencing from Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah Park just north of the Dead Sea. With a course featuring 120m of elevation, participants are set to face a rigorous start to the competition.
On Friday and Saturday, riders can anticipate demanding routes that begin below sea level at the Dead Sea and ascend to a peak elevation of 850m. Friday’s 73.8km course, traversed in a clockwise direction, offers a unique challenge, while Saturday’s 76.5km race is mainly done in the opposite way, ascending the Mount Panorama road with breathtaking vistas of the Dead Sea. Both days present around 1500m of elevation gain.
Despite a relatively small peloton, the event boasts participants hailing from 20 different nationalities, contributing to the international flair of the UCI Gran Fondo Jordan Dead Sea.