Gran Fondo Route Information

Information and advice for residents and businesses on the Gran Fondo, Medio Fondo and Individual Time Trials taking place on 4 and 7 August.

A Norwegian rider celebrates on the top step of the podium.


The Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo road races will take place on Friday 4 August, the second day of the UCI Cycling World Championships, in Perth and Kinross, while the Gran Fondo time trials will take place on Monday 7 August in Dundee and Angus. 

The Gran Fondo, taking place over 160km with more than 1,600m of climbing, will see riders take in some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. Starting in Perth, riders will set off from Tay Street in the city centre, riding up the River Tay before turning left on to Charlotte Street and past the Perth Art Gallery on the way to Methven and Glenalmond. 

From there, the riders will go through the picturesque Perthshire countryside, passing Sma’ Glen and Amulree towards Aberfeldy and Weem, then on to Tummel Bridge in the Tay Forest, past Munros along the shores of Loch Tummel and by the famous Queen’s View lookout, to Pitlochry, in the heart of Scotland. The course will then take riders out to Kirkmichael before travelling through Bridge of Cally, Blairgowrie, Guildtown and on to the finish at Scone Palace.

Following a similar starting course to the Gran Fondo, Medio Fondo riders will tackle 85.7km and 777m of climbing. Starting and finishing in Perth, riders will follow the same course out to Methven before turning east at Buchanty and heading through Chapelhill, Bankfoot, Caputh, Murthly, and Spittalfield, on the way to Blairgowrie and Rattray, where riders will then follow the same course back to the finish at Scone Palace. 

The Gran Fondo Individual Time Trial will take start and finish in Dundee, travelling into Angus and back along the A92. Starting on West Grange Road, east of Dundee, riders will head along Arbroath Road (part of the A92) towards Arbroath, turning at Salmon’s Muir and heading back down the A92 to the finish line near Dundee. 

Road Closures & Parking

Each route has been designed to maximise the experience for cyclists and visitors, while showcasing each area with minimum impact on local communities. On Friday 4 and 7 August, there will be associated road closures along each route, with diversions in place and clearly marked on the day. 

You can read more about local road closures and parking restrictions on the Gran Fondo site, alongside route maps and information for local communities.  

Route Safety

Please keep children back from the edge of the road and animals on a lead, away from the roadside. Riders pass by very quickly, and while we encourage support, please keep flags, objects, and photography equipment off the road. Please face the oncoming riders and race convoy at all times.   

The race is escorted along the route by trained police officers and escort motorcyclists. If you are asked to stop by an officer, please listen carefully and obey their instructions.  If you are at the roadside, please encourage everyone while remembering to take care – be mindful of your safety and take care not to block the route or impede the progress of the riders.   

Local Impacts

Check before you travel - take note of the route, road closures and timings that may affect you, and plan ahead. Check the Traffic Scotland website for the most up to date road and traffic information.