1000’s of spectators cheer on riders at inaugural GFNY Philippines
January 30, 2019
400 riders at inaugural GFNY Philippines are treated to a spectacular day of racing in Bohol.
NEW YORK CITY, Jan 30, 2019 – 400 riders representing 14 countries were treated to a traditional Filipino welcome and a race course lined with cheering spectators at the inaugural GFNY Philippines last Sunday, January 27.
Riders arriving early on the island took part in race week activities such as group rides to experience the stunning scenery on course with palm trees, lush tropical nature, rice paddies and Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills.
Race day started under cloudy skies and right from the gun a large group quickly accelerated and held together for 24kms. At km25, five riders broke away on the first challenging climb at Payahan. Jovani Delica (Cebu), Rafael Amorganda (Bais City), Ramonito Espinosa (Cebu), Renando Sy (Marikina) and Bohol native, Nicho Lumay.
The five powered away from the chase group until km40 when Sy was dropped due to a flat tire. 20km later, local hopeful Lumay had mechanical problems, forcing him out of contention. The last 88km of the 149km route was a tactical battle between the remaining trio with neither rider willing to let the other break away. Once the finish line was in sight, an exciting sprint finish ensued with Delica squeezing out the win in 4:14:54. Amorganda took second in the same time and Espinosa third one second back.
In the lady’s race, Arlette Maratas took the win in 5:51:31, edging out Delia Conneely (Singapore) by just over a minute. 8-time GFNY NYC finisher Althea Pineda from New York City took third in her first overseas GFNY.
“Every town the route traveled through riders were greeted by amazing local support of thousands of spectators cheering them all along, said Lidia Fluhme, President and co-founder of GFNY. “Every participant at GFNY Philippines, really did get to feel like and be treated like a pro for a day. It was a wonderful experience.”
The medium route is non-competitive but Indonesian rider Anne Jamaica Bagaloyos took it upon herself to show her cycling prowess over the 66km and finished with the second best time overall. A racer corral qualifier from GFNY Indonesia-Samosir, Bagaloyos is a 9-time GFNY finisher.
Next up is GFNY Bali on February 25.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA 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 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. 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 2019 calendar
27 January GFNY PHILIPPINES
25 February GFNY BALI
17 March GFNY MONTERREY
17 March GFNY URUGUAY
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
31 March GFNY ITALIA MONTEPULCIANO
7 April GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
23 June GFNY SANTA FE
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
4 August GFNY BRASIL
1 September GFNY INDONESIA
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
22 September GFNY PHILIPPINES
20 October GFNY PANAMA
3 November GFNY ARGENTINA
3 November GFNY ECUADOR
10 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
24 November GFNY CHILE
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