Conservatória, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, hosted 1200 riders from 10 nations at the inaugural GFNY Brasil
NEW YORK CITY, August 10, 2017 – The inaugural GFNY Brasil took place on Sunday, August 6. The race was sold out with 1200 riders from 10 nations who traveled to Conservatória to challenge themselves on the climbs and curves of the Serra da Beleza.
The famous Brazilian Volleyball coach, Bernardinho, took part in the 160km route and was full of praise for the first-time event in his home country. “This was more than a cycling competition, GFNY Brasil gathered all levels of enthusiasts for cycling. The GFNY experience was world class in terms of organization and rider experience.”
“Conservatória was a fantastic host for this great event. The local school closed three days before the race to host the GFNY Brasil expo and on Saturday we planted trees with local children. The town square transformed into a pre-race festival area with food trucks, beer vendors and a full musical performance line up, which Conservatória is famous for. This inaugural event was a great success!” said Maria Luisa Jucá, one of the partners of GFNY Brasil.
Fernandinho Graça, Mayor of Valença, the municipality encompassing Conservatória and the nearby towns and villages, commented, “I believe that GFNY Brasil’s success is the result of dedication and commitment from all parties. We are happy and proud to have been the spotlight for this wonderful event. We will be ready to host 2000 riders at GFNY Brasil 2018.”
“GFNY Brasil was a festive, action-packed weekend of camaraderie among cyclists,” said GFNY CEO, Uli Fluhme. “The GFNY Brasil course was stunning, with rolling hills, one featured longer climb, some fun curves on small roads – it all made for ideal cycling conditions. Conservatória and the surrounding areas are so tranquil and the locals so friendly and relaxed, it made for a perfect destination for cycling and a family trip in nature.
In the men’s race Antonio Garnero (Brazil) won the sprint to the finish with a time of 04:29:18. Orlando Alves (Brazil) arrived a second later. Eder Camargo Marcelino de Amorim (Brazil) was the third in 4:30:37.
In the women’s race Marcella Toldi (Brazil) won with a time of 04:46:29, followed by Ana Paula Polegatch (Brazil) in 4:47:04 and Maria Gianella (Brazil) in 5:00:27.
Next up: GFNY World Super Sunday will take place on September 3, with the second annual edition of GFNY Deutschland and GFNY Indonesia-Lombok.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Lombok-Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Malaysia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico and Uruguay.
Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY by competing against others, themselves and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.
At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes 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 official GFNY website is: www.gfny.com.
GFNY World calendar
February 4 GFNY BALI
February 25 GFNY MONTERREY
March 11 GFNY COLOMBIA
March 18 GFNY URUGUAY
March 25 GFNY MEXICO CITY
April 22 GFNY COSTA RICA
April 27 GFNY JERUSALEM
April 29 GFNY MALAYSIA
May 20 GFNY NYC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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