1700 riders tackled GFNY Colombia

February 28, 2017

World's most competitive all-comers race delivered again

NEW YORK CITY, February 28, 2017 – 1700 starters tackled 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 races around the globe. The event sold out all 1800 slots one month before the race.

Held just 30 min. 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 race’s long route finished. Nonetheless, 1378 riders officially finished the challenging course, making it the largest Colombian cycling race ever.

In the women’s race, 7-time GFNY Champion Camila Cortes was again unbeatable. After finishing fourth in the national time trial championship two days prior, she added an 8th GFNY title to her incredible palmares. Cortes finished in 3:26:06, beating Lilibet Chacon by 5 minutes with Lorena Vargas another 8 minutes back in third place (all Colombia).

In the men’s race, all contenders stayed together until the bottom of the decisive climb up to La Cuchilla. Franklyn Betancourt showed up first on top and won in 3:11:27, defeating David Molina by three minutes. Antonio Donado followed closely in third while multiple GFNY champ Gabriel Corredor had to be content with finishing fourth (all Colombia).

Next up on the GFNY Calendar are the GFNY Italia Stage Race March 17-19 and GFNY Uruguay March 19.

The Italian event will be GFNYs first stage race, featuring a spectacular uphill time trial, a fast 60km road race stage with a climb to the finish and the classic 130km Gran Fondo with 2087m of climbing.

Uruguay’s swanky Punta del Este will host GFNY Uruguay’s 2nd edition. Latin America’s bike racers will test their summer fitness over this challenging 180km one-day race.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, 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.

The official GFNY website is:

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 7th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 21, 2017. 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:

GFNY World calendar

February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia –
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia Stage Race –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
April 23, 2017 – GFNY Malaysia –
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –
August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia –
September 29 – October 1, 2017 – GFNY Provence Stage Race –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Argentina –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
November 26, 2017 – GFNY Chile –

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Colombia photos: here
GFNY Colombia video: here
GFNY Colombia results: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

Media Contact

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