3 national pro road champions raced head to head at GFNY Ecuador
December 6, 2019
NEW YORK CITY, December 6, 2019 – The final event of the 2019 GFNY Global Cycling Marathon Series ended with a competitive line up at the inaugural GFNY Ecuador last Sunday December 1st.
GFNY Ecuador gathered one of the most competitive pelotons of the 2019 season for their inaugural event. Current Colombian National Road Champion, Oscar Quiroz toed the start line along with Byron Guama. Guama is hailed as one of the best Ecuadorian cyclists of all time, 2-times national champion and 2-times Pan American Champion. Multiple GFNY champ and former world tour pro Luis Lemus threw his 4 pro road championships in the ring.
The first 10km of the race took the peloton through the city of Manta. Multiple attacks were made, and one rider managed to escape and quickly built a solid gap from the chasing pack.
From km20 to km40, the peloton climbed the ‘Ventoux of Manta’. The challenging long and winding climb was an opportunity for the mountain climbers to make a break. Quiroz set a furious pace from the bottom to the top that saw the peloton splinter into pieces. Seven riders were left hanging at the front chasing Quiroz.
After descending, riders covered almost 100km of undulating terrain along the coast before approaching the final climb at El Aromo.
For 7km at an average 7%, the attacks came immediately and the race was led by Guama. He had created a small gap at the top to a trio of chasers. With just 5km to go, Sebastian Novoa and Sebastian Rodriguez managed to catch Guama on the long descent to San Mateo beach.
An exciting sprint finish ensued with Guama edging out Novoa in 4:14:03. Rodriguez rounded out the podium in third.
“I am so happy to see GFNY in Ecuador. So many people enjoying a great race experience and being a ‘Pro for a Day,’ Guama said of his win.
In the women’s race local Ecuadorian rider Estefania Rivera showed her talent by powering away with the win and a 20minute cushion over her fellow racers in 4:45:18. Daniela Andrade came second in 5:05:34 and Patricia Torres rounded out the podium in 5:09:52.
10% of finishers in each age group in the long route will qualify for the Racer Corral at the 2020 GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 17th.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, 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.
GFNY World Championship NYC
The 10th annual GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. 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 2019/20 calendar
23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
8 March 2020 GFNY MONTERREY
15 March 2020 GFNY SOUTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP URUGUAY
22 March 2020 GFNY COLOMBIA
22 March 2020 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 April 2020 GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
5 April 2020 GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP ITALIA
17 May 2020 GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
7 June 2020 GFNY SANTA FE
5 July 2020 GFNY COSTA RICA
30 August 2020 GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP ALPES VAUJANY
21 September 2020 GFNY PHILIPPINES
4 October 2020 GFNY PORTUGAL
4 October 2020 GFNY ARGENTINA
10 October 2020 GFNY ECUADOR
25 October 2020 GFNY PANAMA
8 November 2020 GFNY COZUMEL
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