The Gibraltar Cycling Association (GCA) is the governing body of cycling in Gibraltar and is affiliated with British Cycling. The GCA’s main aim is to develop and promote the sport at all levels.
Following the success of the Upper Rock Race held in February 2017, the next event in the pipeline is a Road Criterium which the GCA is currently organising for early December 2017. The Criterium is a 2.6km circuit which will be a test event for the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games. This event will start at Bishop Caruna Road and then head southbound towards the Ragged Staff Wharf roundabout at which point the cyclists would make a sharp u-turn and head north bound via Queensway, Reclamation Road, Europort Avenue and Europort Road to complete a lap. The race would consist of 45 minutes plus five laps at the end, making the event a total of approximately one hour of fast and furious racing.
For 2018, the GCA plans to organise another Upper Rock Race in February/March and a test event of the Games Road Race, which logistically will be a major challenge for the organisers. The Road Race would entail approximately 9 laps around the Rock with some tough climbs along the course. A lap around the Rock is approximately 9.7km, making the total around 97km. The start and finish of the Road Race would be at Queensway.
The Time Trial will start at the iconic Europa Point (Southern tip of Gibraltar) and consist of 4 laps along the east side of the Rock. Each lap is approximately 8.3km and on the last lap the cyclists would head up the Rock via Windmill Hill to finish the Time Trial at the cable Car Top Station, making the total approximately 37km with a number of serious climbs. The climb up to the Cable Car Top Station is the exact route as that used for the Upper Rock Race, which also starts at Europa Point.