Queen Camila Cortes of Colombia took her 5th GFNY NYC World title and American Mike Margarite returned the title back home to NYC
NEW YORK CITY, May 24, 2018 – Colombia and USA took home the overall wins at the 8th GFNY NYC World Championship where almost 5,000 riders from 95 countries lined up for the start on George Washington Bridge last Sunday, May 20.
New York local, Mike Margarite from team Weather Channel (winner in 2016) made sure the men’s crown stayed in NYC. He took off with 800m to go to take the win.
It was another NYC local, Bill Ash from Foundation Cycling who attacked from the gun. He worked hard creating a one-minute gap from the chasing peloton but crashed after 30k, losing his shot at the win.
A chasing group that contained Luis Lemus (MEX) and 2017 winner Ricardo Pichetta (ITA) reeled in five leader riders at the top of Bear to form a group of 25 riders.
The peloton stayed together until after Cheescote when Pichetta, Lemus, Margarite, Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) and Jurgen Moreels (BEL), GFNY Middle East-Africa Champion formed a five man breakaway.
Five was reduced to three when Lemus pushed the pace on the State Line hill. The break included Lemus, Pichetta and Margarite.
After some ground on Dyckman Hill, Lemus caught back up with 2k to go but he could not counter the attack made by Margarite with 800m to go. He held off Pichetta for the win in 4:22:23.
There was no real surprise in the women’s race. With 2017 runner up Marcella Toldi (BRA) deciding not to race, there was little stopping Camila Cortes of Colombia riding away with her 5th World Championship title in 4:47:13. Right from the start she broke away from the women and crossed the line 6 minutes ahead of second place, American Jill Patterson (4:53:26) with Paola Monroy (COL) rounding up the podium a further 7 minutes back in 5:00:14.
Cortes now holds an impressive 5 GFNY NYC Championship titles and 6 GFNY World wins. Can anyone stop her?
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, República Dominicana, Samosir-Indonesia, 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 2018 calendar
27 May GFNY POLSKA-GDYNIA
5 August GFNY BRASIL
2 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP DEUTSCHLAND
2 September GFNY ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP INDONESIA-SAMOSIR
9 September GFNY PORTUGAL
21 October GFNY PANAMA
11 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
25 November GFNY CHILE
GFNY World 2019 calendar
20 January GFNY PHILIPPINES
25 February GFNY BALI
17 March GFNY MONTERREY
17 March GFNY URUGUAY
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
7 April GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
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