The 2016 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships have concluded in spectacular fashion, with 17 new World Champions crowned in the township of Kalamunda on Sunday.
The 155 kilometre Gran Fondo highlighted the week, after exciting Individual Time Trial and Teams Relay events saw Australia lead the medal tally ahead of Sunday’s road races.
In the men’s 55-59 age group, Kalgoorlie’s Paul Miller claimed line honours, outsprinting his breakaway companion Jim McMurray (NZL) for the title. Andrej Zavbi (SLO) led home the bunch 51 seconds later to win bronze.
“It’s fantastic. It’s great for Kalgoorlie, it’s great for Perth, and great for cycling in general, I’m wrapped,” said the former professional.
Miller, who won the Australian Road National Championships in 1988 and represented Australia three times at the Road World Championships, called on his professional experience to win the rainbow jersey.
“It was just a matter of getting the right timing and waiting for the correct opportunity to break away. I worked out after a lap on the course that the best place to do that would be in the final 10 kilometres in the event, which is what I did.
“I’m very happy, I’ve had a great career and a great life in cycling over the last 30 years, it might be a good way to end a career after cycling for a long period of time.”
UCI Vice President, Tracey Gaudry, said the event was a huge success.
“From the UCI’s perspective, the Gran Fondo World Series is the preeminent mass participation cycling series in the world. Over 42,000 competitors world wide raced in their own qualifying event to qualify for the Gran Fondo World Championships right here in Perth, and 1500 athletes from 39 countries came to Australia to compete.
“Perth, Western Australia staged a fantastic world championship quality event, and over 40 athletes go home brand new world champions, celebrating Perth and celebrating cycling, and the UCI could not be more delighted.”
Other results saw Norway’s Sissel Vien add to her time trial world title, taking out the women’s 55-59 age group in a two-up sprint against Carol McCallum (NZL). Heather Hamling (AUS) was third. The result takes Vien’s overall Series medal tally to seven.
A full list of results can be found at http://timedresult.com/2016-gran-fondo-world-championships-gran-fondo-results
The event is the culmination of 15 UCI Gran Fondo World Series events held around the world, with 25% of riders in each age group qualifying for the championships.
The championships are being held in Australia for the first time, with cyclists aged between 19 and 77 years of age set to battle for the coveted rainbow world champion jersey across the time trial and road race disciplines.
The event has been made possible by the Western Australian Government through Tourism WA.
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