Pre-entries for the closed road Tour of Ayrshire, the Scottish round of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, close at midnight tonight, Thursday 20th April.

The Chrono individual event on Saturday 29 April and the Gran Fondo on Sunday 30 April in Kilmarnock are both qualifiers for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships being held in Albi in France between 24-27 August 2017.  The top 25% of the starters in each age gender classification will receive an invitation from the UCI to participate in Albi.

Gran fondo race pens are filling up but there are more places left in the medio fondo. There are also a few places left in the individual and team Chrono events. The Chrono individual and four rider team time trials cover a 20km closed road rolling circuit while the Marmotte Écosse, part of the pan European Marmotte series of Gran Fondo events, uses a challenging 137km closed road route.

Join Graeme Obree on the Tour of Ayrshire Gran Fondo.
Join Graeme Obree on the Tour of Ayrshire Gran Fondo.

The authentic Gran Fondo event caters for all cycling tastes and aspirations ranging from those who want to race to those who want to challenge themselves and complete the ride.  The easiest way to describe a true gran fondo is to think of it like a big city marathon with a race at the front and a traditional sportive towards the back of the field.

A key production philosophy of Golazo Cycling is to provide the pro experience for all riders with great atmosphere in and around the start and finish, fully closed roads, feed stations on the gran fondo and substantial back up in the right areas out on the route.

Entries will be available on the day but will incur a surcharge.

For more details on the Tour of Ayrshire and to book your place, visit