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French authorities approve GFNY Alpes Vaujany Anti-COVID measures for August 30 race date

July 23, 2020

GFNY Alpes Vaujany, European Championship is scheduled to take place on August 30

NEW YORK CITY – GFNY Alpes Vaujany was the first cyclo in France to receive permission by the French authorities to hold the race on August 30, due to GFNY’s event production expertise and detailed Anti-COVID measures.

GFNY Alpes Vaujany / the GFNY European Championship is one of the very few events in France to have received the necessary permit from authorities to hold an event of more than 10 people. Calling on a wealth of experience from organizing close to 100 events in 25 countries, GFNY has established measures that will make the event as safe as possible for riders, fans, volunteers, staff and the local communities.

These measures include but are not limited to:

  • Open-air, one-way flow of packet pickup to allow social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizers readily available.
  • Support staff and volunteers wearing gloves and facemasks.
  • No expo to avoid congregations.
  • Larger size of start corrals with a reduced number of riders allocated to each corral.
  • One-way flow and increased size of aid stations serving only packaged food to maintain social distancing and avoid surface contamination.
  • Post-race food provided in a to-go container to avoid congregation and surface contamination.
  • No awards ceremony to avoid congregations.

“We understand that these new measures may take away from some of the pre- and post-race experiences. However, we can guarantee that riders will get a true GFNY experience: with mass start, start-to-finish timing and competition results,” said GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “After all that we have been through, this is really what we can’t wait for!”

The top 20% of riders over all age groups in the long course qualify for a front corral start at any GFNY for the following 380 days.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Florida-USA, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA 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.

GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 16, 2021. 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 calendar

30 August 2020 GFNY ALPES VAUJANY – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
4 October 2020 GFNY PORTUGAL
10 October 2020 GFNY ECUADOR
25 October 2020 GFNY FLORIDA
8 November 2020 GFNY COZUMEL
15 November 2020 GFNY CHILE
6 December 2020 GFNY URUGUAY COLONIA
TBD GFNY ARGENTINA
7 March 2021 GFNY BALI
7 March 2021 GFNY MONTERREY
14 March 2021 GFNY PUNTA DEL ESTE – SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
21 March 2021 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
28 March 2021 GFNY ITALIA – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
9 April 2021 GFNY JERUSALEM – MIDDLE EAST – AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
18 April 2021 GFNY PERU
2 May 2021 GFNY PANAMA
16 May 2021 GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
4 July 2021 GFNY COSTA RICA
19 September 2021 GFNY SANTA FE

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY World calendar graphic: here
GFNY Alpes Vaujany course video: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here
Previous GFNY press releases: here

Media Contact
Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Emma Bishop, [email protected]
Uli Fluhme, [email protected]