Marathon Franja BTC City has been created in 1982 and is one of the oldest Granfondos in the world, if not the oldest one. It has been part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series since its inaugural year 2011 and is the only event who is still in the series since that very first year.
Start and finish are since long in BTC City, the commercial heart of Ljubljana with shopping malls, theaters and restaurants. The event who hosted the World Championships in 2014 has a time trial today on flat and fast roads over a distance of 22km just outside the city and a Granfondo on Sunday of either 156 or 97km.
Parents with children also have the chance to attend a family ride on the Saturday in between the time trial and Granfondo.
Slovenian riders have been winning a lot of World Titles in the past years, but usually also attracts a lot of Italians who will get a chance on these beautiful roads to qualify for their home World Championship in Varese later in September.
The main difficulty of the day is a 900m high 8km long climb starting in Cerkno, but the downhill and flat part afterwards also gives chances to non-climbers to close the gap and sprint for victory.