Tour & Gran Fondo Eilat is a road bike cycling event category cyclosportive, gran fondo, race, stage race in Israel, Mehoz HaDarom and was organized for the first time in 2016. The edition Tour & Gran Fondo Eilat 2023 is part of the circuit UCI Gran Fondo World Series and took place on Friday 01 December 2023 with departure in Eilat, Mehoz HaDarom.
Tour & Gran Fondo Eilat is offering 1 routes (139 km) for road bike
Tour-Gran Fondo Eilat 2023 takes place on 1-2/12
Race organisation invites road cyclists to a challenging and fun cycling experience in the desert landscape
Tour-Gran Fondo Eilat 2023 will take place on 1 and 2 December (Friday and Saturday). Around 700 cyclists are expected to take part in the Prologue, an individual time trial of 2.5 kilometers, and the road race on a challenging 139-kilometer course at the astonishing Red Sea.
The short individual time trial takes place in the northern part of the city of Eilat, while Saturday morning’s road race will take place on a 139-kilometer course with closed roads, the amazing background of the Red Sea on one side, and the mountains of Eilat on the other.
The route is designed for road cyclists to live a special experience in the desert with breathtaking views, and also includes challenging sections made for racers who want to compete for the victory (overall and in different age categories). The Highway 90, Ketura Junction, Neot Smadar, Timna Park, Ovda Road and Netafim Cross, with the overview of Sinai and the Gulf of Eilat, will be to everyone's liking.
Thanks to the comfortable weather, particularly in the winter months, many sports events are held in the city of Eilat. These events attract athletes from all over the world. The city has set as its main goal to increase internal and external tourism through sports tourism and is preparing for the reception of hundreds of riders and their families, who come to enjoy a sports event at an international level, and everything the city has to offer.
The city of Eilat, Gran Fondo Israel and the Israel Cycling Association, therefore, invite the cycling community to a special weekend of riding in the city of Eilat, the Arava road and Eilat mountains.
Tour-Gran Fondo Eilat 2022 is an event for road cyclists organized by the Gran Fondo Israel, who are leading professionals in the cycling field. In the Gran Fondo, the organization cooperates with the Municipality of Eilat, the Eilat Tourism Corporation, the Israel Cycling Association, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Negev-Galil, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and many other partners and commercial organizations.
Harel Nahmani, from Gran Fondo Israel, the organisation of the event, says that Tour-Gran Fondo Eilat 2022 cycling event is a unique event in one of the most beautiful and special areas in the world. “This is a Gran Fondo for cyclists of all levels, who are interested in challenging themselves. After a long period in which many of the big cycling events were cancelled, Gran Fondo Israel is returning with an event that exceeds all expectations. We are keen to host cyclists from all over the world on this special course, in the city of Eilat and all its surroundings.”
Eli Lankri – the Mayor of Eilat is happy to, once again, host the international sports event ‘Tour Gran Fondo Eilat 2022’: “We are prepared to receive hundreds of cyclists and their families. Everyone who arrives in our city will enjoy an unforgettable experience that combines breathtaking views, perfect weather for this season and first-class hospitality, in the most attractive, touristic city in the country." “I would therefore like to thank the Cycling Association for choosing Eilat, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture and Sports for the sponsorship. I cannot wait to host our guests and provide them with a safe and pleasant stay.”
Yossi Chen, CEO of the Eilat Tourism Corporation, adds: "We, the Municipal Corporation for Eilat Tourism, are happy to host the ‘Gran Fondo’ for the second year in a row, in cooperation with the Eilat Municipality and the Cycling Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports. Hundreds of cyclists will enjoy the warm sun in December as well as a breathtaking view of the Red Mountains, the Eilat Mountains and the Red Sea Bay. I invite the competitors and their guests to enjoy everything the magical city of Eilat has to offer, like attractions, shopping, good cuisine and fun desert tours. Good luck to the participants, and most of all: enjoy."
Yarden Gazit, chairman of the Israeli Cycling Association, concludes: "The Tour-Gran Fondo Eilat is taking place for the second year with the unique views of Eilat. The prologue, which this year is extended to 3.5 km, and the only road course in Israel where you can compete for about 140 km in one lap, offer opportunities for cyclists with a variety of abilities. The Cycling Association congratulates the municipality of Eilat and the organizers. I wish the cyclists a successful and safe event."
For more information and registration: https://toureilat.com/