Copenhagen Gran Fondo awarded with Cycling Event of the Year in Denmark
UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo was the best cycling event in Denmark in 2013. At the Danish Bike Award gala Tuesday night in Copenhagen, the UWCT-qualifier in Copenhagen received the most internet and sms votes from cycling fans in Denmark and took home the award.
1.700 riders from 33 countries took part in the two events in Copenhagen in May and close to 200 Danes participated in the final in Trento, where the Danes took home a gold and two bronze medals.

Professional setup sets new standards

Under the concept 'Ride Like a Pro', the Danish qualifier event set new standards for bike races in Denmark with blocked off roads, a very high level of service, mechanics etc. The riders had the unique chance to ride like a professional for a day.

The event in Denmark included a highly anticipated time trial in Hamlet's hometown of Elsinore, where over 700 riders took on the 26,5 km scenic tour in the beautiful surroundings north of Copenhagen making it the largest time trial in the world.

1.000 cyclists got the professional road race setup on Sunday, where sun, rain and wind along with two grave sections made the 145 km a challenging ride in Copenhagen and the northern part of Sealand.

"We are very proud of this award because our goal was to give all cycling enthusiasts an opportunity to ride like the professionals with blocked off roads and a very high level of service and we managed to set new standards for how professionally you can organize cycling for all races in Denmark," race director Thomas Veje Olsen says.

The big cycling event in Denmark was partnered by Wonderful Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark, the Danish Cycling Federation and in close cooperation with 11 municipalities.

"The success with Copenhagen Gran Fondo confirm the potential in this great event. It is a big pleasure to welcome so many people from all over the world to Copenhagen and give them an unforgettable experience with a professional cycling race setup through our charming capital and region," says Lars Vallentin, Director of Sport Events in Wonderful Copenhagen.

The dates for 2014 are:
Time Trial: May 30th
Road Race: June 1st
Pietermaritzburg: Windy conditions in the sole African qualifier
The Msunduzi Road Challenge, venue of last year's UWCT Final, has hosted the only qualifier event in the African continent with a time trial on Saturday and a road race on Sunday. The race was affected by very windy and cloudy weather conditions with rain showers during the end of the road race.
Both disciplines were held in Wartburg where the individual time trial World Championships took place last year.  

Fastest woman in the race against the clock was Juanita Venter while Chad Short beat all of his males colleagues.

The road race event offered two distances.  The 80km race for males above 60 years old and females above 55 proved victorious for Johan Spies as fastest man while Jennifer Rigby was best female.

The 109km race for the youngsters was won by Francois Geldenhuys (30-34 age group) who scored the double after winning his age group in the time trial the day previous.  He broke away from the group to get a gap of 47 seconds over Adoph krige who outsprinted two others for 2nd place.  Juanita Venter took the win in the road race, repeating her performance in the time trial. 
Msunduzi Road Challenge : back to the Worlds routes
After the huge success of the UWCT Final in Pietermaritzburg last year, the organizer Alec Lenferna focused on the Elite World Championships MTB he held this past August. After another great success, Pietermaritzburg is again ready to receive the only African qualifier event in the UCI World Cycling Tour.
The courses will slightly change, all centralized in Warburg where the Time Trial Worlds was held last year.

The Time Trial course stays the course of last year, while the road races do the long 40k route that was also used during Worlds last year as the loop around Warburg. Younger age groups do three laps, younger age groups 2 laps.

All (South) African participants try to qualify for Worlds in Ljubljana-Slovenia between 28-31 August 2014.
4000 riders enjoy picture perfect conditions at Amy's Gran Fondo
One week before the UWCT final in Trento, Australia had been awarded the first qualifier event for the 2014 Final. Amy's GF offered three distances, but only the 110km race counted as the official qualifier.
A total of almost 4000 riders took the start in Lorne for one of the most beautiful courses in the UWCT. The loop ran along the Great Ocean Road with a climb towards Mt Sabine (565m above sea level) serving as the challenging difficult bit of the day.

First female overall was Australian Peta Mullens who finished a few seconds under three hours. Her average speed was 36.6 km/h.

Best male overall was her compatriot Zac Quinn who finished after 2h49m with an average speed of 38.8 km/h. The king of the mountains trophy was for Rhys Gillett.

Amy's Gran Fondo aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury of bike riders through safety awareness and education with a mission of safe bicycle riding for all Australians and a vision of zero bicycle rider fatalities.
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