Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT) has confirmed its acquisition of Outdoor Race World Tour, the adventure and long distance trail running event series. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With this acquisition, GFWT notes that it has expanded its database of amateur athletes. By extending beyond cycling, Gran Fondo World Tour has extended its reach to runners and triathletes. It adds that further international expansion plans are in the pipeline.
The new CEO of the Outdoor Race World Tour brand will be Dani Buyo, a former pro adventure racer, currently the CEO of Gran Fondo World Tour. He will lead both brands’ international expansion.
Outdoor Race World Tour (ORWT), the adventure and long distance trail running event series, will, in 2019, seek to crown the world’s best adventure racer male and female. The series uses a unique ranking across ultra trail run, adventure races, mountain bike marathons, orientering races, swim run and ski mountaineering races.
The ranking system awards points to teams and individuals. Adventure race team competitions provide the same points to all team members; and ultra trail or other individual events in the series provide points to all participants.
During the 2018 season, ORWT included a number of events, such as Corsica Raid Adventure, Everest Trail Race, Andorra Ultra Trail, Transmarocaine and Ultra Trail Tarragona.
Current ORWT series events:
- Corsica Raid Adventure (France) – multisport race
- Tranmarocaine (Morocco) – multisport race
- Tizi N’Trail (Morocco) – trail run
- Andorra Ultra Trail (Andorra) – trail run
- Everest Trail Race (Nepal) – trail run
- Ultra Trail Tarragona (Spain) – trail run
- Outdoor Sports Korea Inje (South Korea) – trail run
The organising team added that new destinations in North America, China and Europe are now extending the participation reach across the Outdoor Race World Tour circuit.
The expansion plan for ORWT will see the inclusion of different endurance sport disciplines, such as Skimo (ski mountaineering) races and MTB stage events. These long distance races will feature in the overall series ranking in future years. The aim will be ‘to search for the most complete adventure runner and racer in the male and female category’ with a US$6000 pool of prizes for the top ranking athletes.
Back in September, the Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT) organising team introduced a new investor – Andorra-based company Grandvalira-SAETDE. The new largest shareholder in the international gran fondo series is also the owner of the Grandvalira Ski Resort in Andorra.