CRM GFNY Colombia: big success on fully closed course for World’s Highest Gran Fondo

April 28, 2015

NEW YORK CITY, April 28, 2015 – The long-time sold out field of 800 racers enjoyed fully closed roads at the inaugural CRM GFNY Colombia on April 26, 2015. 400 police officers ensured safe racing under tough weather conditions with cool temperatures and numerous rain showers throughout the day.

Colombians Oscar Tovar and John Franklin Betancur separated themselves from the other contenders on the climb up to La Cuchilla, world’s highest granfondo climb. Its crest reaches 3,365m (11,040ft), a whopping 600m above legendary Passo dello Stelvio in Italy. Driving rain, gusting winds and temperatures close to freezing made the descent as tough as the climb. Tovar and Betancur worked well together until the last 2km climb to the finish line of the 148km/94mi race, where Tovar proved to be stronger. He won in a time of 3:52:57.

The women’s race was a sweeping win for 2013 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York champion Camila Cortes Severino from Bogota. She stormed up to La Cuchilla and rode to a solid win in conditions similar to those in New York at the 2013 Campagnolo GFNY. Her time was 4:18:23.

Only a few racers were in the hunt for the overall win to claim the pro-level racing bike with Campagnolo Super Record components as the top prize. However, age groupers were fighting hard to be in the top 10% of their category. It was their last chance to snatch a racer corral spot for the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015.

“Having a GFNY event in this cycling-fanatic country is an honor for us,” says Lidia Fluhme, GFNY President. “Juan Carlos Martinez and the whole CRM GFNY Colombia organization has done an amazing job pulling off the event. Take Colombian friendliness, passion for cycling and a flawless organization and you get an instant classic. Based on the overwhelming number of requests for entries this year and how well organized CRM GFNY Colombia was, we expect 1,500 riders from across the globe in 2016.”

Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s goal is to bring GFNY WORLD events to attractive destinations around the globe. Whether it’s a new or an already existing event, each is required to adhere to the standards of a true Gran Fondo: they must have road closures or police moderated intersections to allow riders the right of way along the entire race route, individual chip timing and rankings based on finish time. All GFNY events also offer a consistent high-quality experience, ensuring cyclists a safe, challenging and enjoyable experience from start to finish. Applications can be sent to Uli Fluhme at


About Gran Fondo New York

The 5th annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York on May 17, 2015 will be the first GFNY Championship. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 countries and 48 US states. Athletes will take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain and back to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.

The 50-mile GFNY BEAR on the same day is a non-competitive ride from NYC to Bear Mountain.

GFNY WORLD now features events in Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, France and Argentina. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York raises funds for Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity.

The official Gran Fondo New York website is:

Further Material for your use

Photos of CRM GFNY Colombia: here (credit:

Press Release Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York 2015: here