A popular cycling event held annually in the province of Varese in the Lombardy region of Italy. Tre Valli Varesine is a UCI Gran Fondo World Series event, a Specialized Gran Fondo Series event, and rated by Strambecco as one of the Best Gran Fondos in Italy.
The event is named after the three valleys (Tre Valli) that cyclists pass through during the race: Valganna, Valcuvia, and Valtravaglia. The race route takes riders through the picturesque countryside of the Italian lakes region, with challenging climbs and descents and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
The event attracts amateurs and professionals from all over the world. It is known for its challenging terrain, which includes several steep climbs, such as the Passo del Cuvignone and the Passo del Colma. The route covers a distance of around 160 kilometers, with an elevation gain of over 3,000 meters. This event is unique and popular because it allows amateur cyclists to ride the same course as professional riders. The event attracts experienced cyclists, those looking to challenge themselves, and spectators who come to watch the race and soak up the festive atmosphere.
The race starts and finishes in Varese, a historic city with a rich cultural heritage. The city is located near the Swiss border in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The area is known for its beautiful lakes, including Lake Maggiore and Lake Como, and scenic mountain ranges.
The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is a prestigious international cycling competition featuring amateur riders worldwide. It is a series of events that take place across various countries and continents, with riders competing in long-distance races that often cover challenging terrain. The races are designed to mimic the format of professional cycling races, with riders being timed and ranked according to their performance. The UCI Gran Fondo World Series allows amateur cyclists to experience the thrill of competitive racing while promoting cycling as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation. The only current US qualifying event is the Cheaha Challenge, held annually in May in Jacksonville, Alabama.