UCI Regulations


Riders have to qualify in one of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series events to go to the 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships Perth.

Each GFWS event will grant participation rights for the World Championships road race.  By the end of each race, the first 25% athletes of each age group, with a minimum of 3 riders per age group, will be awarded with guaranteed entry to the World Championships and be able to race for the World Champion title.  The winners of the slots will be announced on the GFWS website.

  • GFWS events hosting only a road race will grant participation rights for both the World Championships Road Race and Time Trial.
  • GFWS events hosting a separate time trial and road race will grant the participation rights for the World Championships Time Trial in the time trial qualifier and for the World Championships Road Race in the road race qualifier. 

In addition, riders who participate in three GFWS events during the season will also get their ticket to the final.  They don't have to finish in the 25% first in their age category.

Registrations for the 2016 Gran Fondo World Championships Perth are only possible via a registration form on the website.  The UCI will keep records of the 50% first athletes of each age group to make a recall, in order to allocate the slots for the Worlds that were not taken by the first 25%.


There are four different types of Wildcards to participate directly in the World Championships without qualification:

  • Defending World Champions are qualified automatically.
  • All GFWS events get five Wildcards per organised discipline that they can use for riders who would normally have qualified but didn't make it due to circumstances (crash, mechanical problems, etc...).
  • All countries not hosting a GFWS event get ten Wildcards (five males / five females) for their best riders.  The Wildcards are being distributed by the National Federations.
  • All countries hosting a GFWS event can send their National Champions (road/time trial) without qualification.


Riders need a license from a UCI affiliated cycling federation in order to participate in the World Champsionships.

  • Master license
  • Amateur license
  • Elite license with exception of:
  1. Any rider who has during the current year been a member of a team registered with the UCI.
  2. Any rider who has taken part in a World Championships, the Olympic Games, continental championships or games, regional games, the Commonwealth Games, or a World Cup during the current year.
  3. Any rider who scored UCI points in 2014.
  4. The license doesn’t need to be an international license.  A national license from a UCI affiliated Cycling Federation is valid.  It’s the rider’s responsibility to check if their license covers races abroad.  As the rider has a race license, an additional medical certificate is not required.

Age Groups

The World Championships are being organised in eight different age groups, for both women and men:

Age groups:

  • 19 – 34y
  • 35 – 39y
  • 40 – 44y
  • 45 – 49y
  • 50 – 54y
  • 55 – 59y
  • 60 – 64y
  • +65y

 For the age groups, you count the age that the rider will be by the 31st December of the year of the event. 

Time Trial Bikes

All bikes have to comply with the UCI regulations on bike measurements. There will be a bike check before the start of the Time Trial for all riders.

Brief summary of the bike regulations:

  •  The minimum weight of the bike shall be 6.8 kilograms (without bottles).

  • The peak of the saddle shall be a minimum of 5 cm to the rear of a vertical plane passing through the bottom bracket spindle. For morphological reasons, the rider may request to place the peak of his saddle up to 0cm from the bottom bracket axle.

  • For time trials, a fixed extension may be added to the steering system; in this instance, the height difference between the elbow support points and the highest and lowest points of the handlebar extension (including gear levers in the most vertical position) must be less than 10 cm.

  • The distance between the vertical line passing through the bottom bracket axle and the extremity of the handlebar may not exceed 75 cm. For morphological reasons, the rider may request to place the extensions up to 80cm from the bottom bracket axle. In any case, the rider must choose between positioning the saddle to 0cm, or place the extensions up to 80cm, because only one morphological exception is granted.

  • For a rider who is 190cm tall or taller, it is possible to place the extensions up to 85cm. In that case, it is necessary to present itself to the Commissaires’ Panel sufficiently in advance before the start of the race, in order that the commissaires proceed to a verification of the size of the rider.

  • The plane passing through the highest points at the front and rear can have an angle to a maximum of 9 degrees.

Any questions about specific brands can be directed to

Mechanical Assistance

The organiser provides neutral support in the World Championships.  As we have 16 different age groups, not all age groups will have their own support vehicle behind the peloton, but there will be sufficient support.

It’s forbidden to have your team or private vehicle in the race or following you during the Time Trial.  The organiser provides neutral support at different spots on the side of the road during the Time Trial.

With the number of participants, it’s impossible to have everyone’s spare set of wheels in the neutral support cars.  The neutral support cars have foreseen all different gear systems.

Timekeeping and Ranking

All riders get a timing chip at registration.  This timing chip needs to be carried during the race for all disciplines: time trial, road race and/or team relay.  A rider who doesn’t carry the chip is disqualified.


National team jerseys are mandatory for the World Championships and have been mandatory since 2015.  This doesn’t have to be the official elite team jersey of your country (as certain countries don’t sell these jerseys), but the jersey has to represent your country.

Most countries sell national jerseys in bike shops or over the internet.

If you don’t know where to get a jersey, please contact your national federation.

You are also entitled to have your own jersey designed if you respect the following rules:

  • It should be in the colors of the national team.
  • It should preferably have the name of the country displayed on the jersey or a flag of the country.
  • Private (club) sponsors are allowed.
  • If you are unsure about the layout, please have your design approved by mailing to

The following is forbidden:

  • World Champion jersey from the year before.
  • GFWS age group winner jersey.
  • Rainbow design on the national team jersey.
  • Rainbow design on sleeves and collar.
  • Rainbow design on the bike.
  • Rainbow design on the helmet. 
  • Sleeveless shirts, triathlon suits (without sleeves).
  • Compression socks.

Number Plate and Back Number

Different age groups will get different coloured back numbers.

The number plate has to be attached to the handlebars and not like a photofinish plate between the tubes or under the seatpost.  You have to use both number plate and back number.

Refund of the Registration Fee

Once a participant is registered for the World Championships Road Race, a refund of the registration fee is only valid if the entry is withdrawn before the closing date for registrations (22nd July 2016).

Awards Ceremony

The first three riders (women and men) will be called to the podium for the official UCI award ceremony.  The schedule for the award ceremony will be announced in the weeks before.

During the ceremony it’s forbidden to wear hats, sunglasses, open shoes and riders have to be in cycling outfit.

Not showing up for the Podium Ceremony will be penalized with a fine.

The new World Champion will get the official UCI World Champion jersey.  He or she will get a mail from the UCI to have his/her jersey approved with the publicity of his sponsors.  This publicity is subject to regulations which will be provided by mail.  It’s forbidden to wear a jersey with white sleeves or without the GFWS logo in front.

All three riders will get their respective medal on the podium (gold, silver, bronze) and the national hymn of the winner will be played.


Helmet: the wearing of a helmet is mandatory.

Medical certificate: riders need to have a license in order to participate.  A license can only be achieved after a medical exam, so bringing a separate medical certificate is not necessary.

Insurance: the organiser has an accident and third party liability insurance which insures all participants for third party liability.  In case of a race accident between riders, the license of the rider will cover the medical costs.  Mechanical damage is often not covered by a rider’s license.  It’s the rider’s responsibility to check if his license covers him for races outside his country.

First aid: a number of medical assistance vehicles will be following the race.  There will also be a first aid post at the start and finish area.

Information on the reverse side of the race numbers: the organiser produces race numbers which will include on the reverse side a form to be completed.  All participants need to complete this form as well as to inform doctors so that they are aware that this vital information is available.  The minimum information required by the UCI, which shall be written on the reverse side of the race numbers, is as follows:

  • Last name and first name.
  • Blood group.
  • Present physical condition (asthma, diabetes, allergy(ies), epilepsy, etc.).
  • Any current medication.
  • Last name, first name and telephone number (with national dialing code) of the emergency contact.