Casablanca rolls out the red carpet at inaugural GFNY Chile
December 1, 2017
Sold out field of riders experienced Casablanca at it’s finest amid a stunning backdrop of the Andes Mountains and rolling vineyards on Sunday, November 26
NEW YORK CITY, December 1, 2017 – With the Andes Mountains as a stunning back drop, the inaugural GFNY Chile treated a sold out field of 1500 riders from 23 nations to a perfect day of riding.
Host town of Casablanca and the region of Valle Central rolled out the red carpet to riders from around the world, ensuring maximum safe and enjoyable racing conditions. Proud Chileans were eager to take on the first GFNY Chile on their home soil and made up 70% of the field.
Perfect racing conditions of late spring temperatures set the tone for a fast race right from the start with the lead peloton pushing a steady 41kph throughout the first third of the course. At KM 53 the leading peloton broke away leaving behind the rest of the field. The group contained Alejandro Alvarez, Diego Geldrez, Nestor Castillo, Rodrigo Vilches Alberto, Aramayo, Cristian Mancilla and Gonzalo Schmeid.
The route posed many challenging climbs along the way but paled in comparison to ‘El Muro de Tunquen’ also known as ‘The Wall’. Here riders met with a steep climb of up to 37% maximum grade. Here the toughest climbers lay down the pace and whittled the peloton down. Mancilla made a breakaway and gained a 20metre advantage but his push was too much too soon. His chain broke leaving him out of the race. Alvarez and Castillo took over the lead and imposed their pace to filter the group to three including Schmeid.
Alvarez held onto the lead pushing the pace from KM130 all the way to the end and took the win across the line at Viña Veramonte in a time of 4:11:23. Schmeid followed him home in 4:14:29, with Castillo rounding out the podium in 4:16:11.
Constanza Martinez dominated the women’s race taking the win in a time of 4:29:00. Elisa Jarmillo crossed the line in second over twenty minutes back and third taken by Macarena Garay in 4:54:21.
The top 10% of finishers in each age group in the long route qualified for the racer corral at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in New York City next May 20, 2018.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Samosir-Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Malaysia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Poland 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 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: www.gfny.com.
GFNY World 2018 calendar
4 February GFNY BALI
25 February GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP MONTERREY
18 March GFNY COLOMBIA
18 March GFNY URUGUAY
22 April GFNY COSTA RICA
27 April GFNY MIDDLE EAST-AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
20 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
27 May GFNY POLSKA-GDYNIA
5 August GFNY BRASIL
2 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP DEUTSCHLAND
2 September GFNY ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP INDONESIA-SAMOSIR
9 September TBA
21 October TBA
11 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
25 November GFNY CHILE
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