Lucas Katapodis and Marie Claire Aqulina wearing the yellow winners jersey at the start of the second stage.

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The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is a succession of UCI-sanctioned cycling races held all over the world. Every year 15 authorised events take place to affirm the top 25% in each age group in order to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

The first European qualifier event for 2016 took place on Rhodes island from April 22nd – April 24th with more than 180 participants from 26 different countries.

A time trial of 16 km the first day, a road race of 95km up to a peak of 642m to Mt Profitis Ilias and a 113km road race the last day, made all three consecutive days a great challenge for all athletes both men and women.

Our managing director Savvas Savvaidis, a passionate cyclist who participated in the second stage road race said: “Participating in a Grand Fondo is the dream of every amateur cyclist. This was my first Grand Fondo and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. A great part of the second stage race, crossed through Rhodes mountainous pine forests,spectacular scenery of absolute beauty that made it easier to endure the tough climbing challenge, pushing to exceed your physical limits, forgetting any fatigue and making it to the finishing line.

George Vogiatzis an ex Greek cycling champion, owner of the renowned Fidusa Bikes brand and the organiser of nine UCI Tour of Rhodes Events has no doubts: “Rhodes island is an ideal terrain for road cycling races and training. It has a great variety of cycling routes from outstretched, even seafront roads, to rolling hills and challenging long climbs. Weather conditions are just perfect throughout the year.”