The first event taking place in 2023 is a new event at the Dead Sea in Jordan with a three days stage race, featuring a time trial and two granfondos.
On Thursday, all riders can take part in the 19.3km flat time trial with a back and forth loop over the same road towards a turning point halfway. Start and finish is a bit north of the Dead Sea.
The next day, the race starts in front of the Movenpick hotel where all formalities will take place. The 74km course has a flat start, but the first hill will follow quickly as the road climbs in between km 10 and 28 going from an elevation of -300m at the start at the Dead Sea towards a peak of 850m above sea level. The second part of the course is again downhill towards the finish with a final flat 10km.
On Saturday, the 81km course is mainly the reverse course of Friday with a small additional loop.
It’s the first time that the UCI Gran Fondo World Series come to Jordan.