Challenging 105-mile Course Announced for the Premier International Cycling Event; Third Annual NYC Bike Expo to Take Place that Weekend
(New York, NY – April 11, 2013) Today, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York announced the course for its challenging and scenic 105-mile race in the New York/New Jersey region on May 19th. Riders will begin on the New York City side of the iconic George Washington Bridge and wind through the course in New York State and New Jersey that extends up to Bear Mountain State Park, with a finish line at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, New Jersey.
More than 6,000 cyclists from over 70 countries including the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Russia, Jamaica, Israel, and Poland, among others, will gear up for the third annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, a competitive cycling event based on the popular Italian racing style and the only one of its kind in the New York/New Jersey region.
“The New York/New Jersey area offers cyclists a challenging, dramatic and scenic racing experience building on the already thriving cycling culture in the metropolitan area,” said organizer Lidia Fluhme. “We are very excited about this year’s race and the overwhelming interest we have had from the international and local cycling community.”
After successful and internationally acclaimed races in 2011 and 2012, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York 2013 continues to grow bringing positive cultural and economic impact to the region.
“As a member of the Italian-American Caucus of the New York City Council, I commend Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York for its positive promotion of Italian traditions and culture in New York City,” said New York City Councilmember James F. Gennaro. “Also, this elite sporting event embodies the worthy goals of open space, healthy lifestyles and cycling, all important to New York City’s public policy priorities. Additionally, it showcases New York City as the global capital for competitive sports.”
Consul General of Italy in NY Natalia Quintavalle said, “Italy’s Gran Fondos are beloved local institutions that bring excitement and a competitive spirit to the cities where they take place. I know that Gran Fondo New York brings that same Italian world-class sporting excellence to the New York area. Cycling is an integral part of Italian sports and culture and I am particularly glad that it will be emphasized in 2013, both in the US where we are celebrating the year dedicated to Italian Culture and, in Tuscany, Italy, where the cycling world championships will be held.”
The race is a challenging 100-mile timed route from the start on the George Washington Bridge, to Bear Mountain, to Fort Lee. After that, the last five miles to the Weehawken finish point are “neutralized” or non-timed. The course highlight is the scenic and rigorous Bear Mountain or “Montagna del’Orso.” Riders will get a boost from cheering spectators in the new fan zones in downtown Haverstraw (NY), at Provident Bank Park in Pomona (NY) and in downtown Fort Lee (NJ).
“The race is a win-win partnership. While riders are able to enjoy the fantastic scenery and challenging climbs that has long drawn avid cyclists to the Garden State, the local economy benefits from riders staying in New Jersey hotels and frequenting local businesses. I hope this Gran Fondo continues to elevate its status and bring more elite
competitive racing to New Jersey in the future,” said Wayne Hasenbalg, President, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. The finish line festivities will take place along the Hudson River at the scenic Port Imperial Ferry Terminal. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York has partnered with New York Waterway to create an exciting finish experience for riders, their families and friends on the waterfront. Ferries will be available to take riders and spectators back to New York City.
“We recognize that it is a privilege to stage an event of this magnitude in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area,” said Ulrich Fluhme of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York. “The extraordinary effort and support of the municipalities along the route, the various government agencies in New York and New Jersey and especially local
police forces managing the safety aspect for riders and spectators, truly makes this event a success. We plan the race each year recognizing the costs involved with this exceptional support.”
The event draws a spectrum of cycling enthusiasts including CEOs, persons with visual impairments, amputees, firefighters, police officers, and even several cycling champions. The top three men and women will take home prizes, as well as top riders in specific categories including male and female age groups and teams. Prizes
include Pinarello race bikes with Campagnolo components, Selle San Marco GFNY saddles, Limar GFNY helmets, Mavic race shoes and more.
In addition to the race, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York is organizing the Third Annual New York City Bike Expo. The event will take place at the Penn Plaza Pavilion, located across the street from Madison Square Garden, on May 17-18 from 11am-8pm. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York sponsors, including Campagnolo, Biemme, PowerBar, and ELITE, will be on hand to showcase their latest products. The expo is a stand-alone event that is open to the public and successfully draws additional visitors to New York City.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York continues its partnership for the second year with Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity that provides funding for essential medical procedures that help children born with facial deformities in over 60 countries. Operation Smile will serve as the official charity of the 2013 Gran Fondo New York. Participants are able to raise money for Operation Smile and receive special benefits. To learn more about Operation Smile and Gran Fondo New York’s partnership, please visit www.operationsmile.org/granfondo.
The race course can be viewed here: www.granfondony.com/course. Gran Fondo New York has also teamed up with PowerBar and Bicycling Magazine to present the 2013 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York course in a video:
About Gran Fondo New York Gran Fondo New York was founded in 2010 by avid competitive cyclists with a mission to bring Italian cycling culture to the New York and New Jersey region and to raise the profile of competitive cycling in the United States. Gran Fondo New York is open to professionals and anyone who loves to ride. The official Grand Fondo New York website is: www.granfondony.com.