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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2018

28th August to 3rd September 2018

The 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Varese, Italy. Have you qualified and will you be representing your country? Travel packages with hotels in Varese, airport transfers and lots of optional extras are now available with Sports Tours International.

The World Championships in Varese will be held from 30th August until 2nd September 2018 with the following schedule:

INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL – Thursday 30 Aug, 2018
TEAM RELAY (non-competitive) – Friday evening 31 Aug, 2018
UCI GRANFONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sunday 2 September, 2018

We offer hotel and support packages from Tuesday to Friday for the Time Trial, Tuesday to Monday for both TT and Gran Fondo and Friday to Monday for the Gran Fondo only.

The official UCI rainbow jersey is up for grabs for the winner in each age group and category. You can be a part of this brilliant adventure by signing up to your local event and grabbing that qualification spot.

Hotel durations:

  • 3 nights from Friday until Monday at City hotel Varese or hotel Capo Lago Varese – Gran Fondo World Championship on Sunday
  • 3 nights from Tuesday until Friday at City hotel Varese – ITT World Championships on Thursday
  • 6 nights from Tuesday until Monday – Both events

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships are formerly called the UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships. A series of qualifying events is held across the World and the top 25% of each qualifying events in each age group have the honour to represent their country in their age group during the World Championships in Varese, Italy in August 2018.
There are qualifying events held in various countries around the world where you can qualify for the world championships. For more information on the location and dates of these events, please have a look here: www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com

Airport transfers – available at £40 return or £25 one way:
Please don’t book any flights that arrive later than the below times. Our airport transfers are from and back to Milan Malpensa airport and the times are below:

TT only package – 3 nights:

  • Tuesday 28 August – Milan Malpensa at 11.00, 15.00, 19.00 and 22.00 today
  • Friday 31 August – 08:00 departure from Varese

Gran Fondo only package – 3 nights:

  • Friday 31 August arrivals – Milan Malpensa at 11.00, 15.00, 19.00 and 22.00 today
  • Monday 3 September – departs Varese at 08:00, 13:00 and 18:30
TT and Gran Fondo package – 6 nights:
  • Tuesday 28 August – Milan Malpensa at 11.00, 15.00, 19.00 and 22.00 today
  • Monday 3 September – departs Varese at 08:00, 13:00 and 18:30

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series (former UCI World Cycling Tour) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 19 qualifier events will enable the top 25% in each age group to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy in August 2018, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey.

Only qualified riders (season 2018) will be able to sign in for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, as well the defender World Champions and the Masters national Champions. The registration procedure will be sent by official invitation email.

About the hotels:

★★★ City Hotel Varese:
The Bike Friendly  City Hotel located at the heart of Varese, offers fantastic access to the historical town center and all that it offers. You are free to explore the”portici” (open gallery)  and Corso Matteotti where you can enjoy all the many bars, restaurants and cultural delights the city has to offer.
The City Hotel offers 46 comfortable bedrooms spread out over six floors, each with its distinctive furnishing-style and atmosphere guaranteeing a pleasant and unique stay.

All the rooms include;

  • high-quality beds and mattresses to ensure an excellent night’s sleep
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Safe deposit box
  • Hair-dryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Direct telephone line and minibar
  • 24-hour room service.

★★★★ Hotel Capolago Varese:
The beautiful 4 star Hotel Capolago Varese is perfectly located close to the centre of the historical town of Varese and the Swiss border in Northern Italy.
The hotel is located 1.9 miles from Lake Varese and surrounded by a 35.000-m² park, Hotel Capolago offers a design atmosphere and personalised service.
The guest rooms come with soft carpeted floors and minimalist furniture. Breakfast is an extensive varied buffet including both local and international products, served from 07:00 until 10:00. The hotel also features free internet terminals, a lounge bar, and an elegant restaurant serving regional and Mediterranean cuisine.

A bicycle trail connects the hotel to Lake Varese. During summer, bikes are available for rent. Leave your car at the secure car park and take advantage of the hotel’s shuttle service, provided upon request.
Offering good transport links to Malpensa Airport the Capolago offers 78 well equipped, comfortable guest rooms which all enjoy the modern conveniences that are superior to the high standards of a 4 -star hotel in the heart of Europe.

The Hotel Offers:

  • Twin or double rooms
  • Plasma screen televisions with satellite channels
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Room services and breakfast service
  • Free parking facilities
  • Business and function services
  • Airport and golf course shuttle bus

Travel Itinerary for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy:

Tuesday 28th August, 2018 – Arrival day:
Today is arrival day for those who are doing our Tuesday to Friday TT travel package and our 6 nights Tuesday to Monday package for those who are doing both the TT and the Gran Fondo.
You can choose to arrive directly at the hotel or you can take our airport transfer. There is a wide variety of international flights coming into Milan Malpensa airport. We will offer airport transfers at 11.00, 15.00, 19.00 and 22.00 today
As you are staying on a bed and breakfast basis at the City Hotel, you will have the opportunity to eat out in one of Varese’s fine restaurants.

Wednesday 29th August, 2018 – Preparation day:
Breakfast at your hotel and our team of cycling guides and mechanics are on hand to assist you with getting your bikes ready.
Also today we invite you on a guided recce ride of the TT course. This evening we will provide a race briefing where you can meet our cycling guides and other riders so to prepare together for tomorrow’s event.

Official event itinerary:

09:00 – 18:00 – Bib numbers and licence check
12:00 – Technical Briefing Individual Time Trial
14:00 – 16:00 – Course recon Individual Time Trial
17:00 – Technical Briefing Individual Time Trial
18:30 – 20:00 – Opening Ceremony 2018 GF World Championships Varese

Thursday 30th August, 2018 – ITT day:
The event expo will serve as the meeting point of the event. The expo is open from 08.30 until 17.00 today.

Individual Time Trial:
The first event of the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships is the individual time trial. Riders will take off from the start ramp every 30 seconds. The ITT will be followed by the Jersey giving ceremony and prize giving.

Official event itinerary:

07:30 – 17:30 – Individual Time Trial
09:00 – 18:00 – Bib numbers and licence check
17:30 – Awards Individual Time Trial

Friday 31st August, 2018 – Departure day for ITT riders and arrival day for Gran Fondo weekend:

3 night ITT riders:
Departure day for ITT riders. We provide a transfer at 08.00 from Varese. Please contact us if you depart later today and you require a later transfer.

Gran Fondo weekend:
Arrival today in Varese ahead of this fantastic long weekend of cycling. You can choose to arrive directly at the hotel or you can take our optional transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport. There is a wide variety of international flights coming into Malpensa. You can choose to arrive directly at the hotel or you can take our airport transfer. There is a wide variety of international flights coming into Milan Malpensa airport. We will offer airport transfers at 11.00, 15.00, 19.00 and 22.00 today.
Alternatively, please make your own way to the hotel. Throughout the day, our experienced bike mechanics and hosts are on hand to assist you.

Team Time Trial – fun event:
Today from 17.00 – 19.00 there is a Team Time Trial. This is a non-competitive event and no jerseys will be awarded.

Official event itinerary:

09:00 – 18:00 – Bib numbers and licence check
14:30 – Technical Breafing for Team Relay
17:00 – 19:30 – Team Relay
19:30 – Awards Team Relay
20:00 – Gala dinner

Saturday 1st September, 2018 – Guided recce of the route and race briefing:
After breakfast, we offer a guided route reconnaissance ride of the Gran Fondo course. Throughout the day, our experienced bike mechanics and hosts are on hand to assist you. In the evening, join us for our race briefing.

Official event itinerary:

09:00 – 18:00 – Bib numbers and licence check
10:00 – 11-30 – Events at Race Village
11:30 – 12:00 – Technical breafing 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
15:00 – 17-00 – Events at Race Village
17:30 – 18:00 – Technical breafing tecnico 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

Sunday 2nd September, 2018 – UCI Gran Fondo Worlds:
Today between 09.00 and 17.00 the road races are on the schedule. The longer distance race is 130km with 1993m ascent  and the shorter route is 103km with 1247m ascent.

Official event itinerary:

07:30 – Race start 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships
11:30 – Opening of Pasta Party
14:00 – Awards 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships followed by Closing Ceremony

Monday 3rd September, 2018:
Departure day from Varese. We will run transfers back to Milan Malpensa airport today for you and your bike. If you are not making use of our airport transfers, please check out of the hotel today.

Our airport transfers to Milan Malpensa airport will depart Varese at 08:00, 13:00 and 18:30.  Please book your flights to fit in with these times.

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3 nights Tuesday to Friday at City hotel Varese:
£349 per person based on sharing a twin room on B&B basis
£100 per person for the single occupation of a room with single bed on B&B basis

3 nights Friday to Monday at City hotel Varese:
£349 per person based on sharing a twin room on B&B basis
£449 per person for the single occupation of a room with single bed on B&B basis
£489 per person based on sole use of a room with double bed on B&B basis

3 nights Friday to Monday at hotel Capo Lago Varese:
£409 per person based on sharing a twin room on half board basis
£509 per person based on sole occupancy of a room with a double bed on half board basis

6 nights Tuesday to Monday at City hotel Varese:
£569 per person based on sharing a twin room on B&B basis
£200 per person for the single occupation of a room with single bed on B&B basis

Included in your travel package:

  • 3 or 6 nights hotel accommodation in Varese
  • All hotel taxes and WIFI
  • Daily breakfasts including an early breakfast on race day(s)
  • Evening meals (at hotel Capo Lago only)
  • Bike storage at the hotel and mechanical assistance from our mechanics
  • In-resort transport to and from the races – (Hotel Capo Lago)
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team includes a race briefing and guided recce rides
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini (this is not a national jersey) – More information

Also available:

  • Return airport transfers between Milan Malpensa airport and Varese for you and your bike available at £40 per person return or £25 one way
  • Bike rental available – Pinarello Carbon Ultegra – £170 for 3 nights
  • Overland bike transfer service from the UK – £200 without travel package, £175 with travel package – More information here
  • Online Medical Certification Service – our partners offer online medical certification
  • Sports Travel Insurance – do not travel without insurance and don’t forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page

HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
To take part in the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification.

Sports Travel – Keeping safe:
For some tips on how to stay safe whilst you travel, please have a look here

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for Italy, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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