GFNY Bogota: tight racing in thin air including La Cuchilla double ascent at 11,040 feet

July 20, 2022

Colombians Ana Rios and Diego Vasquez take the win

New York City, July 20, 2022 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – A head to head sprint decided the male race at the 6th GFNY Colombia Bogota after 121km with an elevation gain of 2565m. 850 riders from more than 25 countries tackled the legendary La Cuchilla twice which tops out at an oxygen thin altitude of 11,040 feet.

The race started fast under a drizzle and cool temperatures that are typical for the Andes above Bogota. After the first undulating 40km that were raced with speeds of up to 80 km/h, a group of twenty riders successfully got away from the peloton.

During the first ascent of iconic La Cuchilla, ten riders took the lead: the winner had to come out of this group. After the descent, young Ecuadorian pro Elvis Cotacachi put in a serious attack and took the second ascent of La Cuchilla solo. But it wasn’t meant to be for him: the chasers caught him just before the top. Not giving up, Cotacachi took too many risks on the descent and crashed out of the race.

Meanwhile Colombian Diego Vasquez put in an amazing final attack just before the finish, surprising the group and taking the win in 3:34:19. William Jimenez (3:34:24) and Giovanny Malaver (3:34:25) rounded out the all Colombian podium.

In the female race, Ana Rios took the solo win in 4:14:54, leading Alejandra Cadena by over six minutes and Gina Martinez a further 16 minutes back for the all Colombian female podium.

Next up on the GFNY calendar is the fourth GFNY Bali which will take place on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

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