GFNY Argentina opened racing season in South America
November 1, 2016
Athletes from across the globe got to Be a Pro for a Day on fully closed to cars 125km route
NEW YORK CITY, November 1, 2016 – GFNY, the Global Cycling Marathon Series, opened the racing season in South America with the second annual GFNY Argentina on October 30, 2016. Riders competed on an undulating, fully closed-to-cars 125km course with a mountain-top finish on the legendary Mirador del Potrero.
Held in San Luis, the Argentinean province renowned for the professional races Tour de San Luis and Tour Feminino de San Luis, the GFNY Argentina course covered many of the same roads as the pro races. Despite the challenging economic conditions in San Luis that have led to cancellations announced last month of Tour de San Luis and Tour Feminino de San Luis, and the closures of the pro men’s team, San Luis Somos Todos, and the women’s pro team, Xirayas, GFNY Argentina was held with resounding success. A record number of riders took on GFNY Argentina 2016 and they all enjoyed the same pro treatment from San Luis Police that World Tour teams received when they raced in San Luis.
A lead group of 20 formed after only 10k of racing when the racers from the local pro team put on the pressure in the cross winds. Five riders made a break with 40k to go and it was up to Mirador del Potrero to make the final decision. Enzo Josue Moyano took the win in 3:04:10, averaging 39km/h for 120km with 1,750m of climbing. Carlos Velazquez from San Luis Somos Todos pro team took second, Alfredo Lucero third.
“We decided to take advantage of the trade winds and put the pressure on the peloton early to make a pre-selection,” says Moyano. “I had good legs today so I tried to break our little group already on the Potrero de los Funes race track. It didn’t work immediately but thankfully I was able to drop one after the other on that last tough climb up Mirador. It was fantastic to win up there. Let’s see what I can do at the GFNY World Championship in NYC in May.”
Fiorella Malaspina dominated the women’s race, maintaining her lead from start to finish. She was the only woman who made the cut into the second group during the hectic opening kilometers in the cross winds. Her winning time was 3:19:07, beating Alicia Reynoso Pueyo by 10 minutes. Aldana Cetra rounded out the podium less than a minute back.
While only few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, there were many aiming to finish among the top 10% of finishers in their category to qualify for a racer corral spot at the GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21, 2017.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon series with events held in NYC, Brasil, Italy, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Germany and France.
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.
The official GFNY website is: gfny.com.
About Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 7th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 21, 2017. 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: gfny.com.
GFNY World calendar
- October 30, 2016 – GFNY Argentina – gfnyargentina.com
- November 13, 2016 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
- February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
- March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia – gfnyitalia.com
- March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay – gfnyuruguay.com
- March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City – gfnymexicocity.com
- April 23, 2017 – TBA
- May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC – gfny.com
- June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux – gfnymontventoux.com
- August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil – gfnybrasil.com
- September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland – gfnydeutschland.com
- September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia – gfnyindonesia.com
- September 29 – October 1, 2017 – TBA
- November 26, 2017 – TBA
Further Material for Media Use
- GFNY Argentina 2016 video: here
- GFNY World calendar graphic: here
- Previous GFNY press releases: here
- GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here
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