Granfondo or Cyclosportive
Are you going to ride a cyclosportive or gran fondo abroad? Then you hear more and more that you have to prove with a medical certificate that you are healthy. In other words, that there is no objection to ‘competitive cycling’. This is particularly true in France and Italy.
The rules that are used differ per country and per event. Below we give an overview.
Federation FFC (Fédération Française de Cyclisme) must be followed. A distinction is made based on age. The conditions are very similar to participation in Alpe d’HuZes.
- For athletes under 18 years of age: Basic plus sports medical examination, validity 2 years.
- For athletes under 35 years: Basic plus sports medical examination, validity 5 years.
- For athletes older than 35 years: Extensive sports medical examination, validity 5 years.
- For athletes older than 65 years: Extended sports medical examination, validity 1 year.
The rules in Italy are less clear. The Italian cycling union FCI (Federazione Ciclistica Italiana) recommends a race license from the KNWU in combination with a health statement.
However, the various gran fondo’s all deal with this in their own way. Often they offer day licenses so that a KNWU license is not necessary.
On the day of the gran fondo your health statement should not be more than 6 – 12 months old.
- For athletes under 35 years of age: Basic plus sports medical examination.
- For athletes over 35 years: Extensive sports medical examination.
There are exceptions to this. The Gran Fondo Fausto Coppi requires an extended sports medical examination for all participants. On the other hand, for the Maratona you do not need a health declaration if you are in possession of a KNWU license (data 2016).
Given the maze of rules, always read the rules carefully on the website of the event you are participating in. And if necessary, let us read them again. Then you know where you stand.