The UCI has been rebranded, renaming the UCI World Cycling Tour, the UCI's masters and amateur Gran Fondo series as the UCI Gran Fondo World Series as of 2016. The final event of the series will also be renamed as a part of this, becoming the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
With this name change, the UCI recognises the increasing worldwide popularity of mass participation Gran Fondo events with official timing and results for each age group.
The concept of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series will remain the same -- riders who take part in one of the qualifier events held worldwide and who finish in the first 25% of their age group qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The World Championships in each age group will win the coveted UCI Rainbow Jersey.
More information about the rebranding of the UCI World Cycling Tour is available here: http://www.ucigranfondoworldseries.com/