The new French qualifier event in the UCI Gran Fondo World Series will take place this Saturday on the famous routes in the French Bourgogne region, known for its white wines and vineyards.
After having had the French qualifier in Saint Tropez and Albi for many years, the UCI Gran Fondo World Series relocate further north for this year's edition of the event with start and finish in the picturesque village of Viré en Maconnais.
The race has a 152km Granfondo which is the official qualifying distance for men up to the age of 59 while all women and men over 60 have a shorter 97km mediofondo. Routes are undulating with col des Chèvres, col de Briancion and the consecutive climbs of the Col de la Pistole/col de la Croix, col des 4 vents, la Croix Montmaint (highest point of the day), la Grange du Bois and a tricky tough part in between Péronne and Burgy as main difficulties.
1000 riders from 21 different countries have preregistered, but according to French tradition, a lot of riders will still register last minute on spot.