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2200 riders at 7th GFNY Cozumel

November 13, 2020

After 8 months of quarantine, 2200 race ready riders delivered a fast and highly competitive GFNY Cozumel in a GFNY Covid Safe race

NEW YORK CITY, November 13, 2020 – Against all odds, GFNY Cozumel was able to organize the 2020 edition of the GFNY North American Championship.

Race organization and local government faced a lot of pressure to get the route ready following three hurricanes, with the last hurricane hitting just ten days out from race day. There were also additional strict Covid regulation measures in place for staff, volunteers and the 2200 riders who were able to travel to the island.

After more than eight months of quarantine in Mexico, GFNY Cozumel received a great crowd of top riders with fresh legs and hungry for a win. Riders included Miguel Arroyo (MEX), Luis Lemus (MEX), Raul Alcala (MEX), Ana Campa (MEX) (2019 women’s champion), Julyn Agulia (MEX) (2018 women’s champion) and this year’s Mexican National Champion, Ulises Castillo.

The race got off to a fast start with attacks happening right away. A group of twenty riders formed, which was to include the eventual podium winners. The chase group didn’t give up easily and quickly caught the lead peloton upon reaching the Mazda King of the Wind section.

Once on the other side of the island, further attacks started, chiefly with Castillo testing everyone’s capabilities. Another lead group was formed around Luis Lemus and a few other professionals hunting for the win.

On entering the downtown section, speeds were clocked at over 50kph and then appeared to drop until right before the second passing through the King of the Wind section. There, it was Castillo who started attacking again. He formed the decisive breakaway with Cesar Camara (MEX) in tow. With two hundred meters to the finish line, the current Mexican national champion made his final move to take the win in a time of 3:30:09. Camara took second place in 3:30:11 while Alejandro Moreno (MEX) rounded out the podium in a time of 3:30:53.

In the women’s race, it was a day long battle between the eventual podium finishers. Ultimately, Camp claimed her second GFNY Cozumel win in a time of 3:43:14, edging out Julyn in a tight sprint which saw Monserrat Santacana (MEX) taking third.

Next up is GFNY Ecuador on December 6

About GFNY

GFNY is the global endurance sports brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Florida-USA, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Peru, 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 by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.

GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 16, 2021. 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

6 December 2020 GFNY ECUADOR
7 March 2021 GFNY MONTERREY
14 March 2021 GFNY PUNTA DEL ESTE – SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
21 March 2021 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
28 March 2021 GFNY ITALIA – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
9 April 2021 GFNY JERUSALEM – MIDDLE EAST – AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
18 April 2021 GFNY PERU
2 May 2021 GFNY PANAMA
16 May 2021 GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
4 July 2021 GFNY COSTA RICA
29 August 2021 GFNY ALPES VAUJANY
19 September 2021 GFNY SANTA FE
3 October 2021 GFNY BALI – ASIA CHAMPIONSHP
31 October 2021 GFNY FLORIDA
7 November 2021 GFNY COZUMEL
14 November 2021 GFNY CHILE
5 December 2021 GFNY URUGUAY COLONIA
TBD GFNY ARGENTINA
TBD GFNY PORTUGAL
TBD GFNY COLOMBIA

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Cozumel video: here
GFNY Cozumel photos: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Emma Bishop, [email protected]
Uli Fluhme, [email protected]