5000 riders from 97 countries conquer GFNY World Championship NYC

May 24, 2017

The seventh annual international Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in New York City delivered a men’s sprint finish and crowned Camilla Cortes once again the Queen of GFNY NYC

NEW YORK CITY, May 24, 2017 – The seventh annual international Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC was held Sunday, May 21, 2017. The world’s most international cycling event brought riders from 97 countries to New York City to take on the Championship course.

GFNY World events Argentina, Colombia, Cozumel-Mexico, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico City, Malaysia and Uruguay were represented. Later this year and in 2018 more World events join the GFNY calendar. Chile, Bali, Costa Rica, Monterrey and Jerusalem will give riders a chance to Be A Pro For A Day.

On Sunday New York City delivered great conditions that highlighted the beauty of the GFNY NYC Championship course. 80% of the 5,000 riders rode 100 miles and 8,500 feet of climbing starting from George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain and back to Fort Lee, New Jersey. 20% opted for the 50 mile GFNY Bear from George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain.

Men’s Race:

Local rider Bill Ash from New York attacked almost from the gun and was soon joined by GFNY Mexico City and GFNY Cozumel champion Flavio De Luna of Mexico. The two men built a solid lead on the chase group before Bear Mountain, where De Luna dropped Ash.

Descending Bear Mountain, De Luna carved a lead of 20 seconds on Ash and almost 3 minutes on the chase pack of 15 riders that included defending champion Mike Margarite of New York. Margarite’s group then split into two with a group of four making a firm attack on the leaders.

The four-man chase group contained Daniele Terzi (ITA), Ricardo Pichetta (ITA), Chase Goldstein (Team Weather Channel, CA, USA) and Victor Gras (Team Rockstar, NY, USA). Working together, they caught up to and dropped Ash and then caught De Luna at mile 70. On the climb up to Route 9W, DeLuna paid for his early efforts and was dropped.

As the race returned to River Road for the final 10 miles, it was down to four – Italy versus the US. Meanwhile the chase group was 90 seconds back with 2016 defending Champion Margarite pulling. For over 40 miles no one had seen nor heard from Margarite. It was a heroic effort but too late.

At first, no one wanted to work, so the riders warily watched to see who would make the first move.  Victor Gras launched the first attack up Dyckman Hill. He was followed by Goldstein and Pichetta while Terzi was dropped. Soon after, also Goldstein was in trouble. As the final mile approached on Hudson Terrace, Pichetta and Gras looked at each other, which allowed Goldstein to claw his way back to the two leaders.

It was the most dramatic finish in GFNY history. Gritting his teeth, Ricardo Pichetta proved the strongest, and in a photo finish, he won in the time of 4:28:47. Victor Gras beat Chase Goldstein for a close second.

Women’s Race

Defending Champion, Colombia’s Camila Cortes once again showed what she’s made of to take a fourth title bringing her GFNY World victories to ten. She won in a commanding fashion, leading from start to finish, in a time of 4:45:30 but Cortes’ 20 minute winning gap from 2016 over Marcella Toldi of Brazil was reduced to just over two minutes. A stronger looking Toldi took second in 4:47:32 giving her a huge boost in confidence and a sign that there finally could be some vulnerability and a way to beat Cortes. Brazilian Maria Camila Giannella was third in 4:56:08.

Ensuring a fair competition 

GFNY again conducted in- and out of competition doping controls to ensure a fair competition. In 2012, GFNY was the first amateur event to hold out of competition controls (=not on race day). These controls are critical due to their element of surprise.

For the second year, GFNY also controlled bikes for motors at the start and finish. No motors were found.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem, Malaysia, Mexico City, Monterrey 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 world and regional championships) of their age group.

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

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.

The official GFNY website is:

GFNY World calendar

August 6          GFNY BRASIL
November 26  GFNY CHILE


February 4       GFNY BALI
February 25     GFNY MONTERREY
March 11           GFNY COLOMBIA
March 18          GFNY URUGUAY
March 25          GFNY MEXICO CITY
April 22             GFNY COSTA RICA
April 27             GFNY JERUSALEM
April 29             GFNY MALAYSIA

Further Material for Media Use

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Link to photos: here 
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

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