UCI Gran Fondo Jordan Dead Sea

Thursday 02.02.2023 - 04.02.2023
19 - 74 - 81 km
Dead Sea

UCI Gran Fondo Jordan Dead Sea is a new event on the UCI calendar with a three days stage race at the borders of the dead sea with a time trial on Thursday and two challenging road races on Friday and Saturday with quite some elevation.


The Dead Sea is a salt lake at the west side of Jordan and is the lowest land-based elevation on earth, 430m below sea level. The lake is surrounded by Jordan on one side and the West bank in Israel on the other side.

The race starts and finishes and main hub for registrations and podium ceremonies is based in the Movenpick hotel next to the lake which offers great packages for riders combining their participation with some holidays.

Jordan also has a lot of tourism options as next to the Dead Sea area, also the south of the country has some cultural and archaeological sites with the world famous Petra and the Wadi Rum dessert.

Time Trial

Stage 1: On Thursday, the individual time trial starts and finishes at the Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah Park for a 19.3km back-and-forth loop with 120m of elevation. The wind can play an important role as riders ride next to the Dead Sea with stunning views over the lake.

Road race

The race is a three days stage race with the Movenpick hotel at the Dead Sea as central point where all starts and finishes take place. The two road races go up the mountain for a challenging course bringing the riders from 400m below sea level to a maximum height of 850m.

Stage 2 : After the start at the Dead Sea, riders first make a loop along the lake to then pass the finish line again on the other side of the dual carriageway after 6km to start climbing after exactly 10km. The 18km climb is not a steady climb, but goes in two steeper parts with in between some recovery and even some downhill. The highest point is reached after 28km where riders get on an altitude to start the downhill to the Dead Sea again after 40km with splendid views over the lake. The final 10km are again flat along the lake.