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2016 Gran Fondo World Championships on Rottnest Island - 1 September 2016

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships is an international celebration of the sport of competitive cycling where amateurs and professionals alike compete to be crowned the World Champion and receive the coveted rainbow jersey.

Perth, WA is thrilled to be the 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships Host City and can't wait to welcome cyclists from across the globe who will race our world-class courses on both the 1st and 4th September 2016.


The UCI Gran Fondo World Series or “GFWS” is a series of cycling races held globally, these events are sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).  There are 15 qualifier events held all over the world, including the GFWS Perth Time Trial and Gran Fondo which CIC has hosted since 2011.  Within the qualifying event there are eight age categories that cyclists are separated into; 19 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64 and 65+.  The top 25% from each of these age categories are eligible for the 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships or "GFWC".

Cyclists participating in the GFWC compete in a Team Relay, a Time Trial and a Road Race.  The winner of each of these events is crowned the World Champion and awarded the coveted rainbow jersey.

The GFWS promotes a high level of competition for masters and amateurs, but more importantly promotes the globalisation of “Cycling for All”.  The 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships will take place outside of Europe, which occurs every four years, in the beautiful city of Perth.  Hosted and managed by CIC Events, this sporting event will offer an exciting cycling and tourism opportunity for all participants.

The Stage is Set
The 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships courses have been revealed! View course map.

Important Event Info

Riders will receive free transportation to Rottnest Island as part of their entry and will be provided an official freight service for their bike, also free of charge.

Due to this event, there are a number of changes to the services that are offered on Rottnest Island:

  • No bike hire available on the day. Visitors with bikes are asked to please be mindful of restricted areas and spectators viewing areas.
  • Severe service disruptions to the bus schedules. Please refer to the amended bus timetable during this event. 
  • Unavailable tours on the day - Wadjemup Lighthouse Tour, Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour, Grand Island Tour and the Discovery Bus Tour.