UCI Gravel World Series

The UCI Gravel World Series, sponsored by Trek,  is the latest UCI World Series addition based on the successful UCI Gran Fondo World Series, which launched in 2011 as a road qualifier series for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships with events with up to 8000 riders and a yearly World Championships with 3000 participants. The Trek UCI Gravel World Series is open to professional and amateur riders, with various categories available to suit different levels of experience and skill.

The UCI Gravel World Series is organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale and features events held all over the world, with each race featuring a unique course and set of challenges for the riders.  Strambecco rates several of the events, including the two North American qualifying events, both held in June.  The Highlands Gravel Classic in Arkansas and the Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo in Ontario. You can see the full event calendar here. The races are typically long-distance, and riders must navigate challenging terrain, including steep hills, loose gravel, and technical sections, while also contending with unpredictable weather conditions and varying altitudes. The thrill of the adventure, combined with the physical demands of the race, has made gravel racing an increasingly popular option for cyclists seeking new challenges.

In addition to individual races, the Trek UCI Gravel World Series includes an overall ranking system that awards points based on a rider’s performance across multiple events. Some 15-20 qualifier events qualify the top 25% in each age group to the UCI Gravel World Championships, held this year in Veneto, Italy, where the champions are awarded the coveted UCI rainbow jersey.

The major success of gravel races lies in discovering new hidden backcountry roads where riders of all levels, from world tour elite level to cyclo tourists, can all share the same routes during these mass participation events. These events offer a unique opportunity for cyclists to push their limits and explore the beauty of nature while competing against some of the best riders in the world.


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UCI Gravel World Championship

Treviso, Italy Treviso, Italy

The UCI Gravel World Championship - Veneto returns to the Veneto region of Italy after a successful first-ever debut in 2022. As the second edition of this championship unfolds, both professional athletes and qualified amateur cyclists (qualifiers of the 15+ events of the UCI Gravel World Series) from across the globe are set to converge,…

The Gralloch

Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Gralloch is a one-day "classical style" gravel cycling event that takes place annually in May in the Galloway Forrest in Dumfries and Galloway. It is the UK's first and only UCI gravel race! The event is organized by the team behind a series of successful gravel events and the Tour of Cambridgeshire, the biggest…

Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo

Thornbury, Ontario Thornbury, Ontario, Canada

The Blue Mountains Gravel Fondo is a new event organized by Cycling Events Ontario, which is a not-for-profit organization made up of a team of passionate cyclists to bring safe and challenging cycling events to Ontario. In October, the UCI Gravel World Series event qualifies for the UCI Gravel World Championship in Veneto, Italy. The…

Highlands Gravel Classic

Fayeteville, Arkansas Fayeteville, AR, United States

The Highlands Gravel Classic started last year to rave reviews and features the beautiful Boston Mountains range of the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas – known as the Highlands!  The event has been selected for the Trek UCI Gravel World Series, an Official UCI qualifying event for October 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships in Veneto,…

Event Series UCI Gravel World Series

La Monsterrato – Strade Bianche Monferrato

Quattordio, Italy Monferrato, Italy

Get ready for an exciting weekend of cycling in the picturesque hills of Monferrato, Italy at the La Monsterrato - Strade Bianche Monferrato. The 2nd Monsterrato Race and the 7th La Monsterrato-Strade Bianche Monferrato are set to take place on the 2nd and 3rd of September, 2023, in Quattordio (Alessandria). This event is a must-attend…

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