Tour of Cambridgeshire: Entries to the gran fondo close Sunday

Riders hoping to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships on home soil will need to secure their entries before Sunday 14th May

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Riders hoping to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships without the need for travelling abroad have until Sunday to enter the Tour of Cambridgeshire.

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The ride, starting in Peterborough, takes riders along a 127km route of fully closed roads and just 586m of climbing, giving those who have a morbid fear of climbing some relief. One of the biggest challenges will be the route's windy nature due to it's flat and open course.

Headwinds will be the challenge of the day as riders battle to maintain competitive speeds.

By completing this route in the top 25 per cent, successful riders in each category (male and female) will be invited to the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France in August.

Other non-competitive riders shouldn't be deterred from entering with the offer of a Medio Fondo too. This shortened ride takes cyclist on a 90km route, again with closed roads, providing the perfect opportunity for any who want to test themselves on a closed route.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire will be one of the marquee events for a festival of cycling over the weekend, starting on Friday the June 2 and finishing with the ride on the Sunday.

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