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UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2017

23rd to 28th August 2017

The 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place in Albi, France. Have you qualified and will you be representing your country?
Travel packages with hotels in Albi and lots of optional extras are now available with Sports Tours International. 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 Albi, France in August 2017, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey.

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 Albi, France in August 2017.

The categories are:

  • Individual Time Trial (22km course)
  • Team Time Trial (2km course) – A non-competitive event so no rainbow jersey on offer
  • Individual Gran Fondo race (95km and 147km course)

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.

Qualification events:
The Tour of Ayrshire (ToA): a CLOSED ROAD cycling festival situated in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland. The centrepiece of the festival is the ToA Gran Fondo which is being held on Sunday 30th April over 70 miles. There is also a Medio Fondo over 47 miles. The festival is fully supported with pit stops, medical and security back up. Enter the Tour of Ayrshire here.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire (ToC) is a CLOSED ROAD cycling festival situated at the Peterborough Arena and Showground. The centrepiece of the festival is the ToC Gran Fondo which is being held on Sunday 4th June over 70 miles. There is also a Medio Fondo over 50 miles. The festival is fully supported with pit stops, medical and security back up. Enter the Tour of Cambridgeshire here.

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.

Only qualified riders (season 2017) will be able to sign in for the 2017 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.

Your choice of hotels:

*** Ibis Styles Le Theatro Albi:
Your stay at the Ibis Styles Le Theatro Hotel in Albi is on a half board basis, with breakfast and evening meals included.

A 10-minute walk from Albi’s Cathredral, Ibis Styles is a modern hotel, which offers air-conditioned rooms.
The hotel has a Fitness Centre and Hammam, to help you prepare before the event and to recover afterwards.
All rooms at the hotel also have a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower as well as a hairdryer.

Prices:
£519 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room
£129 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room
Your stay here will be on a half board basis with breakfast and evening meals and all taxes included

*** Inter Hotel Le Cantepau Albi:
Easily accessible, the Inter-Hotel Le Cantepau in Albi is located next to the River Tarn.  It offers en-suite accommodation with satellite TV, a ceiling fan and free WiFi internet access.

Your stay at this hotel is on a Bed & Breakfast  basis.

A full breakfast buffet is served daily and there is the option to dine in Cantepau’s restaurant, La Table du Sommelier.  Located just 100 yards away, it serves gastronomic cuisine and is listed in several restaurant guidebooks.

Le Cantepau Inter-Hotel provides free on-site parking. It is situated just 900 yards from the Sainte Cecile Cathedral.

Prices:
£489 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room
£139 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room

*** Albi Campanile:
Campanile Albi Centre is situated just a 10 minute walk from Albi Cathedral, with easy access to the many restaurants in central Albi. The hotel was newly renovated in 2015.

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, with either a bath or a shower. All of the rooms are air-conditioned with TV Canal+ and Canal Satellite, a desk, a courtesy tray and free Wi-Fi internet access.

A full buffet breakfast is served daily at the Campanile Albi Centre.

Prices:
£439 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room
£129 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room
Your stay here will be on a bed and breakfast basis and all taxes are included

*** Albi Comfort Hotel:
Set in a colourful building, this laid-back hotel is 2 km from Albi train station, and 3 km from the 13th-century Albi Cathedral and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec. There are a variety of restaurants in central Albi, just a short drive away. The bright, relaxed rooms have quirky murals, and offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers.

A breakfast buffet is served in an airy, contemporary restaurant that features a bar and terrace seating. There’s also complimentary parking.

Prices:
£469 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room
£159 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room
Your stay here will be on a bed and breakfast basis and all taxes are included

** Albi Ibis Budget Terssac:
Ibis Budget Albi Terssac is located 3 miles from central Albi, in the small community of Terssac. Free parking is available on site.

This hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi access, LCD TVs with a large selection of channels. A restaurant is located few yards from the property, and central Albi is just a short drive away.

Prices:
£379 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room
£99 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room
Your stay here will be on a bed and breakfast basis and all taxes are included

***** La Reserve Hotel Albi:
The luxurious 5-star La Reserve is set in a 5 hectare park on the edge of Albi, on the banks of the River Tarn. We have Deluxe Parc rooms available at this hotel. They are located in two buildings and all have balconies overlooking either the Tarn river or the park. All rooms have a bathroom with bath and separate shower. All rooms are air-conditioned with satellite television, wake-up clock, iPhone base, minibar, safe & hair dryer.

Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant, looking out over the grounds. The restaurant also serves evening meals, or you can head into central Albi where there is a selection of restaurants.

Prices:
Prices below are quoted on 3 nights on bed and breakfast basis.

Deluxe Parc rooms:
£1059 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
£679 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room
Your stay here will be on a bed and breakfast basis and all taxes are included.

*** Grand Hotel d’Orleans Albi:
Located next to the train station and a 10-minute walk from the historical centre of Albi, the Grand Hotel d’Orléans features as air-conditioned rooms all fitted with a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a private bathroom including a bathtub or a shower as well as offering a courtesy tray. An outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and table tennis are also available on site. We will stay here on Bed & Breakfast basis.

The hotel’s restaurant, Le Goulu, serves traditional French meals, or there are a selection of restaurants locally. Guests can also sip a drink at the hotel’s bar.

Prices:
£519 per person based on 2 people sharing a room with 1 double bed
£249 supplement per person based on single occupancy of a room with double bed
£549 per person based on 2 people sharing a room with 2 single beds
£429 per person based on 4 people sharing 2 interconnecting rooms with shared bathroom
Your stay here will be on a half board basis with breakfast and evening meals and all taxes included.

Travel Itinerary for the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi:

Wednesday 23rd August – Arrival day – Arriving on Friday is also possible:
Arrival today in Albi ahead of this fantastic long weekend of cycling in Albi. You can choose to arrive directly at the hotel or you can take our optional transfer from Toulouse Blagnac Airport. There is a wide variety of international flights coming into Toulouse airport.

Thursday 24th August: Opening of Salon Vel’ Occitanie at Parc des Expositions Albi
The Salon is the event Expo which will serve as the meeting point of the event. The Salon is open from 08.30 until 17.00 today.

Individual Time Trial:
The first event of the 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships is the individual time trial on the Circuit automobile of Albi. The distance is 22.4 kilometres and riders will take off from the start ramp every 30 seconds. The circuit will begin and end at the Circuit d’Albi motor racing ground, with great memories in the history of the Tour de France of the victory of Roger Pingeon in 1968 and especially the fierce duel that indulged Eddy Merckx and Luis Ocaña at the Tour 1971 the day before the tragic fall of the yellow jersey in the descent of the Col de Mente! You can view the course GPX file here: GPX file

The ITT will be followed by the Jersey giving ceremony and prize giving and in the evening from  20.00 the local produce market in the place de la Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile will open with produce from Vineyards and local food producers.
From 21.00 – 22.00: Closing ceremony and Country presentation followed by fireworks from 22.30.


22km ITT course

Friday 25th August:
Arrival today in Albi ahead of this fantastic long weekend of cycling in Albi. You can choose to arrive directly at the hotel or you can take our optional transfer from Toulouse Blagnac Airport. There is a wide variety of international flights coming into Toulouse airport. We will offer airport transfers between the hours of 0900 (9am) and 2000 (8pm).

If you book flights to arrive outside of these hours, you will need to make your own way to the hotel.

Team Time Trial – fun event:
Today from 17.00 – 19.00 there is a 2km Team Time Trial – GPX file – in the historic centre – Start and Finish at the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile. This is a non-competitive event and no jerseys will be awarded. From 21.00 – Gala Diner at the Parc des expositions (pre-registration required at time of entry purchase) and cultural entertainment in the town centre


2km TTT course

Saturday 26th August:
Day off with at 18.00 an official reception at the City Hall, limited to 200 persons

Sunday 27th August:
Today between 09.00 and 17.00 the road races are on the schedule between Albi Cathédral and the Albi Circuit automobile. There are two distances depending on the category competed in – 147 kms – GPX file and 97 kms – GPX file

The Closing ceremony and Presentation of World Championships Jerseys and prizes will take place at the Albi Circuit automobile followed by the presentation of the organisers of the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships and the closing ceremony of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2017 in Albi.

95km Course 147km Course

Monday 28th August:
Departure day from Albi. We will run transfers back to Toulouse 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 Toulouse Blagnac airport will operate between the hours of 0730 (7.30am – first departure from Albi) and 1700 (5pm – last departure from Albi). Flights should not be booked to depart before 11.00am.

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Prices:
Please refer to the hotels section above for full details on all available options.

Included in your Basic travel package:

  • 3 or 5 nights hotel accommodation in Albi
  • Daily breakfasts including an early breakfast on race day(s)
  • Return airport transfers between Toulouse airport and Albi for you and your bike
  • Bike storage at the hotel and mechanical assistance from our mechanics
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information

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Important Information:

Medical certificate:
To take part in the 2017 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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