GFNY World, the global cycling marathon brand, which started off with just one event, the Gran Fondo New York, is now a cycling race series of 16 events taking place around the World. All the GFNY World events offer participants the established, trusted GFNY experience complemented with each location’s local flair. All cyclists taking part can qualify for the regional championships in Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.
At each GFNY event, riders enjoy:
- Closed roads or police-moderated traffic with right-of-way at all intersections
- Chip timing
- Rankings based on finish time and a podium awards ceremony
- Finisher medal
- Official neon green race cycling jersey, which is mandatory attire for the race
- Uniform set of rules and consistent rider experience
- A race in an attractive tourism destination for cyclists and family
GFNY World races offer a consistent, high-quality rider and family experience across all events. Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY on challenging, scenic courses with a professional level of support.
Amongst the events are now some multi day events in Italy and France, widening the appeal of the GFNY series to cyclists.
2018 GFNY World calendar
As participant of an GFNY Event where ever all over the world, you will be part of enthusiastic riders.
Every rider of an GFNY Event, all over the world, will be more than this. Every rider will be a part of an international Bike Marathon Race with fRegional Championships on different Continents and as if it is not enough, participate the GFNY World Championship in New York City.
Join the rides of GFNY Training Groups all over the world. Ambassadors of several GFNY locations like to help and support you to be able to finish amazing, unforgettable Marathon Rides.
Join GFNY Bali to get a feeling how it is to ride with many riders from all over the world. You will get partially closed or police moderated roads. Feel like a professional rider during a professional ride with a professional organization.
Join GFNY Cycling in the industrial booming city of Monterrey surrounded by some of the most iconic and beautiful mountains in Mexico Get ready to BE A PRO FOR A DAY and choose between a 160km or 100km distance. Climb to the top of the famous Chipinque mountain and enjoy the Monterrey skyline views on your way up.
Both routes start at the famous Parque Fundidora with a lively starting ceremony. From there riders will race through downtown Monterrey as we head north towards Chipinque park where the climbing begins. Enjoy views of the entire Monterrey skyline as you fight and climb to the top of Chipinque. At GFNY Monterrey you are chip timed from start to finish and you will receive your overall as well as age group results based on your finish time. All GFNY Monterrey top 10% overall and age group winners will be seeded in the front corrals for the Campagnolo GFNY Championship in New York City. The day will end with an awards ceremony and big prizes plus a party atmosphere where everyone will celebrate there days acheivements and war stories from the race.
GFNY Monterrey serves as the qualifier for the GFNY Championship on May 2019 in New York City.
1700 cyclists started the 3rd annual international GFNY Colombia cycling race, the world's highest all-comers cycling marathon, finishing at 3365m. It opened the 2017 GFNY World season, which consists of 14 cycling events around the globe.
Held just 30 minutes outside the country's capital of Bogota, GFNY Colombia once again had all kinds of weather conditions in store for the riders. It was windy and sunny at times but also cold and rainy on top of the 3365m-high La Cuchilla mountain, where the event finished.
Nonetheless, 1378 riders officially finished the challenging course, making it the largest Colombian cycling race ever.
Vistiors from nearby Montevideo, Buenos Aires and the Brazilian metropoles Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo as well as far beyond flocked to Punta del Este in Uruguay to combine GFNY racing with a vacation. GFNY Uruguay more than doubled its registered riders from the inaugural 2016 edition, to over 750 registered riders at the 2017 edition. The inaugural GFNY Uruguay was the first mass participation cycling marathon ever held in the country and its growth in the second year proves the increasing popularity of cycling marathons.
Punta del Este is well known as one of the major Latin American beach resorts. But it wasn’t all about relaxing and enjoying the late summer sun this Sunday at GFNY Uruguay.
Latin America’s bike racers took their summer fitness into this challenging one-day race. The 180km race started and finished in the heart of Punta del Este. After following the South Atlantic shore, the route turned inland where the undulating terrain added up to a formidable challenge: 2000m of climbing.
GFNY Costa Rica :
Is a personal cycling endurance challenge, where you compete against others, the clock, the weather and yourself. There are two distances to choose from depending on your skill level and preference from a 90km to 150km. Everyone from a competitive rider to a recreational rider can enjoy this event. GFNY races are determined by the different types of challenges they offer from steep climbs to gusty winds or all combined.
The GFNY original slogan BE A PRO FOR A DAY is the true meaning of what all participants feel at all GFNY races which is a true sensation of what a professional cyclist would feel on the race course. This includes all of the following:
• Mass start
• Closed or moderated roads by Police from start to finish.
• Individual chip timing from start to finish with prizes at the end for all category winners.
• Fans cheering you on the road as you ride by to the finish line.
• Aid stations filled with food that the pros would dream of eating on the course.
• Mechanical support both rolling and at all aid stations.
• Podium awards ceremony.
RACE IN THE MOST HISTORIC CITY IN THE WORLD
GFNY racing is now coming to Jerusalem where you will get a chance to race through the most historic city in the world. Your race will begin at the Jerusalem Arena, from where you will ride right outside Jerusalem's Old City and other history’s most iconic landmarks dating back more than 3,000 years.
The Jerusalem streets will belong to you as you race by history’s most ancient sights and historical landmarks as we head towards the Jerusalem hills and mountains where you will make your own history.
At GFNY Jerusalem you will be able to choose between a long and short distance route where everyone is chip timed from start to finish. All riders will receive their overall as well as age group result based on your finish time. All GFNY Jerusalem top 10% of each age group winners will be seeded in the front corrals for the Campagnolo GFNY Championship in New York City. The day will end with an awards ceremony and big prizes plus a party atmosphere where everyone will celebrate their day’s achievements and battle stories from the race.
BE A PRO FOR A DAY and join the number one global cycling marathon series and race to be the Inaugural GFNY Jerusalem Champion.
The seventh edition Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC was held on 21st May 2017. The world's most international cycling event brought riders from 97 countries to New York City to take on the Championship course.
GFNY World events Argentina, Colombia, Cozumel-Mexico, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico City, Malaysia and Uruguay were represented. On Sunday New York City delivered great conditions that highlighted the beauty of the GFNY NYC Championship course. 80% of the 5,000 riders rode 100 miles and 8,500 feet of climbing starting from George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain and back to Fort Lee, New Jersey. 20% opted for the 50-mile GFNY Bear from George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain.
It was the most dramatic finish in GFNY history. Gritting his teeth, Ricardo Pichetta proved the strongest, and in a photo finish, he won in the time of 4:28:47. Victor Gras beat Chase Goldstein for a close second, and Defending Women's Champion, Colombia's Camila Cortes once again showed what she's made of to take a fourth title bringing her GFNY World victories to ten.
The 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. Cyclists take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.
The inaugural GFNY Polska-Gdynia will be held on May 27, 2018 on two fully closed to traffic courses.
Gdynia is regarded as a young and dynamic city at the Baltic Sea and part of the ‘Tri-City’ that consists of Gdynia, Sopot and Gdańsk.
The race will start and finish at the popular main tourist spot, Kosciuszko Square. The long route will cover 136km with 1607 meters of climbing and serves as a qualifying race for the Racer Corral Qualification at the 2019 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC. The medium route covers 80km and 831 meters of climbing.
A popular tourist destination, Gdynia, is well known for being the sunniest city in Poland. Located 15km from Gdansk airport, there are also numerous ferry connections with Scandinavia for those traveling to the event. The route will take you outside of the city into the countryside and through the hilly and picturesque Kashubia region on fully closed-to-traffic roads.
On July 15th, Ipoh, one of the biggest cities in Malaysia, plays host to the inaugural GFNY Malaysia and is surrounded by stunning limestone hills and rainforest. Cyclists from all across Asia and the rest of the world will tackle a course made even more challenging amidst Malaysia's grueling tropical heat and humid conditions.
Cyclists have the option between the competitive 161km long distance with 1342m of climbing and the non-competitive 75km middle distance with 541m of climbing.
The long-awaited, inaugural GFNY Brasil offers a challenging course with over 3300m of climbing on August 5, just two hours north of Rio de Janeiro. The charming historic town of Conservatória, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will be the host and is known for its stunning nature with rolling green hills, waterfalls and rainforest-covered mountains, is located in a picturesque area that was the heart of Brazil's coffee industry in the mid-1800s.
Brazil is a particularly special nation for GFNY. In 2016, over 700 Brazilians tackled the Campagnolo GFNY Championship in NYC. For the second year, Brazil was the second-largest contingent at the NYC race after the host nation, USA.
Two distance options will challenge riders, a 160km / 100-mile competitive long course and a 72km / 45-mile medium non-competitive route for riders who want to experience GFNY but are not able to tackle the 160km long course.
A former coffee plantation will host the pre-race expo and post-race festivities. The grand estate is located in a beautiful setting in the countryside, with green pastures bordered by stretches of lush Atlantic rain forest.
GFNY Deutschland, on September 2, is a chance for riders to enjoy smooth, fully closed-to-traffic roads. While Germans curiously enjoy alcohol-free beer after their races, GFNY also offers the traditional kind of beer to complement post-race sausage and fries.
GFNY Indonesia is the first GFNY Asia Championship, held on the exotic island of Lombok on September 2. Riders will test their mettle on climbs of up to 25% steep in the hottest and most humid conditions of the GFNY circuit.
Leaving the beautiful Marina, in the center of Cascais, in two historical and challenging courses – 162Kms and 82Kms – towards Lisbon, returning to Estoril, passing the iconic race track, the athletes will continue to Mafra towards the Atlantic Coast, passing through the villages coastal beaches of Ericeira and Azenhas do Mar. The competitors will still face all the force of nature when entering the Serra de Sintra, down Malveira to Cabo da Roca and facing the wind that blows from the sea on the edge of Guincho Beach, side by side with the wild dunes on the way back to Cascais to cross the finish line. Historical sites, palaces and fortresses of the past make these routes the most beautiful of the entire GFNY circuit.
The inaugural GFNY Panama will be held on October 21, 2018. The race will start and finish from the Playa Blanca Beach Hotel and Resort in Playa Blanca, Farallon, located 150km from Tocumen (PTY) airport, Panama’s main international airport.
GFNY Panama offers two distance options. The long route will cover 170km with 1700 meters of climbing and the medium, non-competitive route covers 90km and 590 meters of climbing.
Riders and families will have a great time relaxing and enjoying water activities in Playa Blanca before and after the race.
Panama is a narrow land bridge in Central America, but its rich nature is host to more species of birds and trees than all of North America. For longer visits, a stay in Panama City is a must, with world-class dining, nightlife, casinos and shopping.
The extremely successful GFNY Cozumel returns for the fourth time on November 12. With its sandy beaches and tropical weather, the event is a cycling marathon in paradise.
With GFNY Chile, yet another South American challenge has been added to the calendar on November 26. The race will be held near Santiago, in Valparaiso, one of Chile's great wine valleys.
Cyclists have the option of riding either the competitive 165km long distance with 2000m of climbing or the non-competitive 85km middle distance with 1259m of climbing. The long distance serves as 2017-2018 qualifier race for the racer corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.
Santiago, Chile's capital, is where the race's official hotels and pre-race expo are located, and is the cultural, political and financial centre of Chile and has lots of tourism attractions including colonial-era buildings, monuments, parks and more.
The Valparaíso Region offers fantastic cycling along vineyards and wineries and in quiet valleys. A winery in Casablanca will serve as the start and finish site of the race. Vineyard and winery visits are the top tourism attraction of Valparaiso and Casablanca. Historic coastal towns of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are interesting places to visit.
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