Taking in the roads of Norway, from Trondheim to Oslo, the Norwegian leg of the Gran Fondo World Tour series saw 5,000 riders take part at the Styrkeproven event this weekend (June 22-23).
The organising team note that the two-day event effectively saw all four seasons of weather. From winter to summer conditions, with rain and sunshine, temperatures across the weekend ranged from between 3ºC to 23ºC (37°F to 73°F).
Having completed its 53rd edition, and now part of the international Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT), Styrkeproven has built a following among cyclotourism and gran fondo riders. The GFWT team added that there are ‘hundreds of fanatics’ along the roadside, cheering on the participants and waving the Norwegian flag.
The next stage of the GFWT heads to the French Alps for the Trilogy de Mauriene on July 12-14. Also in July, the series takes in Canada at the Prospera Valley Gran Fondo in British Columbia.
Gran Fondo World Tour events
23-24 Gran Fondo World by Ride with GPS (worldwide)
23 – Saddleback Gran Fondo (California USA)
31 – Gran Fondo Nice-Côte d’Azur (France)
5-7 – Epic Gran Canaria (Canary islands-Spain)
14 – Gran Fondo Firenze (Italy)
19 – Cyclotour du Leman (Switzerland)
25 – Giant Seorak Gran Fondo (South Korea)
2 – Continental Ciclobrava Sea Otter Europe (Girona-Spain)
9 – Tour of Zhetysu – Gran Fondo Kazakhstan
22-23 – Styrkeproven (Norway)
12-14 – Trilogy de Mauriene (French Alps)
20 – Prospera Valley Gran Fondo (BC Canada)
4 – Blue Water International Gran Fondo (Canada)
15 – Rollfast Gran Fondo (USA) – Gran Fondo World Championship
20-21 – Gran Fondo Silk Way (Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan)
20 – Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic (South Africa)
The Gran Fondo World Tour Series points out that its ‘international expansion team are working to add new destinations in South America, the Middle East and Asia’. These will be revealed in due course. The Gran Fondo Series adds that that the soon to be added events will generate a global participation of around 50,000 participants – with events across more than 20 countries.