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Tour of Cambridgeshire Festival

Sat 1st Jun 2019
Unnamed Road, Peterborough PE2, UK
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Held on fully closed roads, the ToC Gran Fondo is the only authentic continental style mass participation race and ride on English shores. Whether you want to race or to be part of UK cycling history and test yourself against other riders on closed roads, you can participate and feel the experience of a pro rider. Not only that, but the ToC Gran Fondo also UKs qualifier event for the UCI GF World Championships. Finish in the top 25% of your Masters Age Group and qualify to represent your country in the UCI GF World Championships, which are being held in Poznan, Poland in 2019.

The Gran Fondo is a mass participation event, with all riders starting together to ride the qualification route. Riders do not have to hold a race license to take part in the ToC Gran Fondo or to qualify for the World Championships.

With over maximum field of 5,000 riders starting across each of the Masters Age Groups, we have riders from all over the world who travel to compete for the rainbow jersey.

Race like a professional around the traffic-free roads of Cambridgeshire, with spectators lined up around the route, a highly produced start and finish.

Distances in this event

  1. UCI Gran Fondo

    Bike 100mi
    10:00am Sun 2nd Jun 2019
    £75–£135
    Event passed
  2. ToC 100 Sportive

    Bike 100.5mi
    10:00am Sun 2nd Jun 2019
    £80–£140
    Event passed
  3. UCI Chrono

    Bike 16.4mi
    10:00am Sat 1st Jun 2019
    £75–£135
    Event passed
  4. Team Chrono

    Bike 16.4mi
    3:00pm Sat 1st Jun 2019
    £160–£220
    Event passed

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Route info

Course Maps
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What’s Included

The Gran Fondo Race caters for riders holding a valid full license

Age Criteria: 16 years as of 31st December & There is no minimum age for Family Fondo.

Minimum Ages 19yrs on 31st December for the Gran Fondo RACE.

Course Details

The ToC routes are completely unique to any other event in the UK. With taking in the beautiful countryside of Cambridgeshire, we have the chance to ride around some of the flattest roads, which are completely closed to any traffic, in the whole of the country.

After starting at the East of England Arena & Showground, we head out on the closed road routes, where you begin to see the thousands of local residents lining the streets to give you encouragement throughout.

We are working closely to Cambridgeshire County Council, District Councils and all towns and village Parish Councils to ensure we have some amazing routes for you to enjoy at the Tour of Cambridgeshire 2019, as well as keep the impact and inconvenience to the local residents and businesses to a minimum.

Raceday Logistics

The Race starts at the front of the Gran Fondo. The Gran Fondo Race is organised with different start pens for each UCI Masters age group classifications.

The top 25% in each age classification of the combined starters in Gran Fondo RACE and Gran Fondo SPORTIVE will be invited to compete in the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Travel

Parking Charges will be applied for official parking.

All Golazo Festivals have Official Event Parking. There is variable parking charges, which can be found on the individual event pages on the website.

FAQs

Are there toilet and shower facilities at the Event HQ?

Both permanent and portable toilet facilities will be available in both the Event HQ and Start Gate areas. There are also shower blocks available.

Is there post-event food and drink available?

Event organisers will provide riders with water after the event. Various food outlets will be available within the Event HQ for riders to purchase.

Are there warm-up facilities at the event?

There will be a dedicated warm up area for the Chrono and Team Chrono. This will be set up and managed by the event organisers and will include all turbo trainers.

There are no dedicated warm up facilities for the Gran Fondo.

What time do the Start Gates open?

The start gates opening times will be published on the website and within the Rider Information Manual. All start gate are open with a first come first served process for where riders start within the start gate.

What is available at the Pit Stops?

Energy products, fruit, sweet and savoury baked goods are all available within the Pit Stops. There is water available for riders, as well as toilet facilities and medical points within each of the Pit Stops.

What happens if a rider is in need of medical attention?

We have a huge Medical Team covering There will be Medical cover available on the route, at the Event HQ and in Gran Fondo Pit Stops.

If you require medical treatment at any point throughout the event, make yourself known to a Marshall, Steward or any of the convoy team out on the road where possible. If you’re unable to do this, call the Medical contact number, which can be found on the reverse of your rider number.

In the event of minor cuts and bruising, you will find a Medical Post at each Pit Stop.

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Reviews (9)

3.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2019

    The event itself was quite well organised and the route was good except that the last 20 miles became a slog in the wind. However, the feed stations were a joke. The first one at 43 miles was out of food and water, the second one only had a banana plus water. The third feed station had food - but a sausage roll? Seriously! Dreadful catering, can't see myself entering again
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2019

    Theres no escaping the fact that theres nowhere to hide from a head wind out on the Fens - that said the course was OK apart from some patches of very dodgy tarmac.
    Organisation was pretty diabolical though: the start was fine and well organised but water was a major issue, particularly on a windy 25C day - no water at all left at the first 45 mile stop (which IMHO is a bit late in the race for a first stop anyway), really slow at the second 65 mile stop and I didn't bother stopping at the last stop. Lack of food at all the stops wasn't a total surprise and more forgivable but disappointing. The lack of water was helped by the additional lorry water stops but these weren't advertised until you reached them and I'm aware of a number of riders that had to rely on ambulance staff to supply water so that they could continue the ride. That really doesn't meet the minimum standard of care and organisation for a decent sized ride.
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2019

    There were complaints about running out of food however I went prepared with my own so didn’t have a problem. Riding on closed and well marshalled roads was a bonus. I would say that the route was a great first 100 ride and was sufficiently challenging without demoralising the participants.
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2018

    I absolutely loved this race, it was a super flat, fast course with closed roads. I got a PB for the distance and qualified for the World Champs!
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2018

    Great day, great atmosphere, really enjoyed it
  • Did the UCI Gran Fondo in 2018

    Very well organised, closed road gran fondo with a real race feel (in the race as opposed to sportive). Top class standard of riders in the race waves (>40km/h ) Could do with better water distribution for the riders who don't stop at the stations.
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2018

    It was a great day had by all did'nt think I could ride 80 miles at 19 mph avrage good to be able to ride with club Ride's aswell great day.
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2018

    This race should start at 10am.Today the 16 to w0 miles per hour team sat in a baking hot sun of over 39 degrees and st off at 1pm.Totally Mad.There was insuffient water and the isonatonic mix was wrong with not enough water address.Should be 3 parts water one part isonitonic.This was not the case and crippled lots with stomach cramp including myself.These issues need review
  • Did the ToC 100 Sportive in 2016

    The dullest course ever imaginable.Never ever again, I would rather sort my sock draw out.The fens, flat, dull and endless at a part of a sportive that you need it to light up,if your looking for a great ride Tour of Essex,, by Action Medical.

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