1100 Riders battle elements to victory at GFNY Super Sunday
September 6, 2017
GFNY Deutschland delivers chilly temperatures and fog while heat and humidity test riders at GFNY Indonesia
NEW YORK CITY, September 6, 2017 – Once again GFNY Super Sunday took place, on September 3rd. As five hundred riders suited up for foggy and cool early fall weather in Hameln, Germany, 7000 miles away in Lombok, Indonesia, six hundred riders fought high heat and humidity at the inaugural GFNY Asian Championship.
At the second GFNY Deutschland, a foggy morning set a dramatic tone in Hameln, Germany. Sunshine broke through later in the day just in time for the post-race celebrations at the after party and presentations.
As the men’s race approached the Roter Fuchs (Red Fox) climb at 110km the lead peloton was a group of fifty riders. Fifty quickly turned into five when Christoph Mönig (Ger) of Team Merkur took the initiative to break away and lead a group including defending champion Christian Zucker (Ger) of team RSC Wunstorf, former German vice champion Ralf Kropp, Lars Ottosen (Denmark) and Frank Tasche (Ger).
Tasche crashed on the descent of Roter Fuchs. He was able to get back on the bike but Mönig’s group was out of reach.
On the final climb, Kropp was unable to maintain pace with Mönig, Zucker and Ottosen. After 165km of racing, it came down to a 3-way sprint that was decided in Mönig’s favor, crossing the line in 4:38:56. Zucker took second and Ottosen third.
In the women’s race Lidia Flume (President of GFNY) took the win in 5:27:02. Ten minutes back, Kristen Frank (Ger) of Peloton Stabilius and Nadja Nadja Troeger, a German living in Colombia (Team Go Vegan), completed the podium.
In Lombok, Indonesia the second annual GFNY Indonesia served also as the inaugural GFNY Asian Championship and was a true reflection of South East Asia with five different countries taking top podium spots. 33 countries in total took part.
The men’s race was decided in an exciting sprint finish. Battling hot and humid conditions, Raziff Jafaar from Malaysia prevailed defeating Michael Naert (Singapore, Matador Racing All Stars) by one second in 4:17:56 over the 160km course.
Naert’s teammate Alexander Ivakov (Russia) rounded out the podium a few seconds back in a time of 4:18:04.
In the women’s race, a strong race from Shirley Teo of Singapore saw her comfortably take the top step in a time of 05:53:18. Rounding out the podium in second was Fransisca Harlijanto from Indonesia and in third, Jcy Ho from Hong Kong.
The top 20% of finishers in each age group qualified for the racer corral at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in New Yor
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.
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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.
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