A spring classic GFNY on Tuscan White Roads in Italy
October 24, 2018
Montepulciano and Torrita di Siena in Southern Tuscany will host the return of GFNY Italia on March 31, 2019
(NEW YORK CITY, October 24, 2018) – Montepulciano in Southern Tuscany will host the return of GFNY Italia. A medieval town of rare beauty, Montepulciano stands atop a hill in Southern Tuscany. The event will take place on March 31st 2019.
GFNY Italia offers everything of a true Italian cycling spring classic with a cyclists’ dream route of 110km over a spectacular 2000meters of climbing. 25km of the route is on Tuscany’s famous ‘strade bianche’ (white roads) where riders will be challenged to conquer a technical network of unpaved back roads that run among the vineyards and olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. The name strade bianche, comes from the color of the dry earth and the limestone gravel and small stones of these roads during the Tuscan summer. The race finish is a steep climb back up to the cobblestone town market square where the race starts.
“We are very excited to be back in Italy and tremendously proud of this course,” said Uli Fluhme, CEO and co-founder of GFNY. “I adore racing in Italy in general and Toscana in particular. We were specifically seeking out sections of “strade bianche” because they are so essential to the local culture and provide a fantastic playground for riders.”
Riders and families coming to GFNY Italia will be able to experience and explore the history and culture of Montepulciano. A city full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches and charming squares with stylish street cafes, it’s the perfect destination to relax and escape for a spring vacation. A short drive from Montepulciano takes you to the countryside and surrounding vineyards where the famous Vino Nobile is produced.
The long course serves as a 2018-2019 qualifying race for the racer corral at the 2019 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.
Registration is now open at gfnyitalia.com.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, República Dominicana, Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal 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.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. 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 calendar
27 January GFNY PHILIPPINES
25 February GFNY BALI
17 March GFNY MONTERREY
17 March GFNY URUGUAY
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
31 March GFNY ITALIA MONTEPULCIANO
7 April GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
2 June GFNY POLSKA
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
4 August GFNY BRASIL
18 August GFNY DEUTSCHLAND
25 August GFNY INDONESIA
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
20 October GFNY PANAMA
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