Gran Fondo

Want to watch cyclists take on Scotland’s roads in a mass participation event? Here’s everything you need to know about Gran Fondo.

Dates: 04, 07 August 2023

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Riders participating in the Gran Fondo Road Race at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Perth


Gran Fondo (which translates as Big Race) is a long-distance mass participation event that celebrates competitive cycling for everyone, not just the professionals.

The top 25% of riders from 27 qualifying events held around the world have been invited to compete in Scotland.

Yes, Gran Fondo is about inclusion and community. But make no mistake: between the start and finish line, it’s seriously competitive. The stakes will be high, the battles will be intense, and the times will be quick. 

Spectator Guide

Find all you need to know about the Gran Fondo events, the event venues, accessibility information and more, by downloading our Spectator Guide.

How it works

In both Time Trials and mass start Road Races, riders of varying ages and abilities take on a beautiful but challenging course. The seriously fast cyclists will be competing for medals, while everyone else is hoping to beat their personal best. 

Traditionally, a huge feast follows the finish line at these events. With Scottish hospitality being what it is, there’ll no doubt be a big party following the big race.

Perth & Kinross, Dundee & Angus

Perth & Kinross (Gran Fondo Road Race)
Dundee & Angus (Gran Fondo Time Trial)

Find out more about each of the regions in the Visit section.

A group of riders in the Gran Fondo event

Fun Facts!

  • The first Gran Fondo took place in Italy (where else?) in 1970.
  • With the introduction of chip time technology in the 90s, Gran Fondos boomed in popularity around the world.
  • Gran Fondos are usually raced on courses between 120 and 200km with climbs of 2,000 - 4,000m. Most events also feature a shorter and less physically demanding course.

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