Denmark has a long tradition of UCI Gran Fondo qualifier events with the very successful World Championships in Aalborg and Hobro in 2015 (the first one with mandatory national jerseys which added a lot of prestige to the event) and qualifier events in Copenhagen, Helsingor, Holbaek to move to Grindsted for the 2018 edition of the qualifier.
Riders can expect a long and flat 28km time trial on Saturday with start and finish in the town center, but the majority of the course is in between the fields on small local roads.
The Granfondo on Sunday has two different courses. All males up to the age of 59 must qualify on the long 176km course with some short but steep climbs along the road while men over 60 and all women age groups should qualify on the shorter 120km course which has the same start and finish to make a shortcut halfway.
549 riders from 21 different countries have preregistered for the event.