GFNY Cozumel – the First Gran Fondo in Paradise

November 24th, 2014

GFNY Cozumel – the First Gran Fondo in Paradise

Stage two of the 2014/15 GFNY World series was held on the tropical island of Cozumel, Mexico at the inaugural GFNY Cozumel. A sold-out field of 1,000 riders competed over two distances in perfect weather conditions. While the course is completely flat, trade winds and the hot caribbean sun added two unique challenging elements for all event participants.

At GFNY Cozumel, “The First Gran Fondo in Paradise”, riders had the choice between the 100mi / 160km “long route” (two loops of the island) and the 50mi / 80km “medium route” (one loop). Both routes started and finished in the heart of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel and circumnavigated the island through tropical rain forest and along the 20-mile-long spectacular ocean front on the island’s uninhabited east coast.

The win was a Mexican sweep: Yayir de Jesus Jimenez Godinez and Michelle Flipo won the long course in a time of 4:07:26 and 4:15:14, respectively. While only the top 10% finishers of all age groups qualified for a racer corral seeding at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015, everyone enjoyed the spectacular course in beautiful sunny weather with temperatures reaching 30C/86F. Riders traveled to the island of Cozumel from Mexico, the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, Colombia, Brazil and many more countries. Participants came from 28 countries to take part in the event, from as far away as Australia.

“GFNY Cozumel was amazingly well organized by the local team from Paradise Sports Management and received full support by the local, regional and even national government officials. That’s something we have never seen anywhere in the world,” says Uli Fluhme, CEO of Gran Fondo New York. “The roads on the island were shut down for the riders, 500 volunteers were on hand and everyone came out to cheer and support the athletes. They truly were treated like pros for this day.”

Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s goal is to bring GFNY WORLD events into countries that are particularly strongly represented at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York or are hotbeds for cycling. 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, individual chip timing and rankings based on finish time. All GFNY events also offer a consistent high-quality experience, ensuring cyclists have a safe, challenging and enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Next stop on the GFNY World tour will be GFNY Puerto Rico on February 15, 2015. The island of Puerto Rico is an international travel destination and ideal winter getaway. The combination of flat roads and hills in Puerto Rico provide a great setting for a tropical training camp. February 16 is a national holiday in the US so participants can enjoy Puerto Rico for an extra day or week after the event.


September 21, 2014 – GFNY Italia –

November 23, 2014 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –

February 15, 2015 – GFNY Puerto Rico –

March 21, 2015 – GFNY Barcelona –

March 29, 2015 – GFNY Colombia –

May 17, 2015 – GFNY Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York –

June 28, 2015 – GFNY Mont Ventoux –


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. New for the 2014-2015 season, GFNY WORLD features events in Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain and France. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York raises funds for Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity. The official Grand Fondo New York website is:

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March 26th, 2014

GFNY Cozumel: The First Gran Fondo In Paradise

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GFNY Cozumel: A unique new event in the growing sport of Granfondo cycling

COZUMEL, Mexico (March 26, 2014) — GFNY Cozumel, a new granfondo cycling event in Cozumel, Mexico, November 23 has been announced by its partners Paradise Sports Management of Cozumel and GFNY World of New York City. The event will combine the tropical island’s growing reputation as a cycling vacation destination with the Gran Fondo New York, the most successful and authentic granfondo brand in the United States.

Granfondos are mass-start amateur road cycling events fashioned after similar events that originated in Italy and were first introduced to North America in 2008. Granfondo is an Italian word that translates to “big ride” in English. The events accommodate cyclists ranging from elite amateur racers to fit recreational riders. New riders with several months of training can challenge themselves in granfondos or in shorter related events called mediofondos.

Shaun Gad and Miguel Gonzalez, of Paradise Sport Management, says GFNY Cozumel will feature GFNY’s classic Italian granfondo formula that allows cyclists to ride or race over difficult, scenic and traffic-free roads together with Cozumel’s beachside roads, challenging Caribbean winds and Mariachi fiesta atmosphere.

“I think a combination of the GFNY and our climate, terrain and atmosphere will yield a unique experience for cyclists looking to combine an early winter vacation with a challenging day on the bike, as well as for the growing numbers of racers and enthusiasts we have in Mexico and the Caribbean who have never experienced a granfondo,” says Gad.

GFNY Cozumel offers a granfondo distance of 160 kilometers/100 miles) and a mediofondo distance of 80 kms/50 miles.  This event brings challenges that are unique to the sport of granfondo and are no less daunting than the steep climbs and tricky descents of some other granfondo events.  Although the course is flat, riders will need to overcome the relentless tropical sun and the constant Caribbean trade winds.

GFNY World, a subsidiary of Gran Fondo New York Inc. owned by Lidia and Uli Fluhme, is partnering a series of granfondo events under the GFNY brand outside the United States.

GFNY’s Uli Fluhme believes the new Cozumel event will be embraced by riders who participate in the GFNY each May and then look around for other events with the same quality and experience to fill out their season. “Partnering with Shaun and Miguel in Cozumel gives us an event that we can recommend to our patrons and to other cycling enthusiasts around the world,” says Fluhme.

Cozumel is 30 miles long and 10 miles wide located 12 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea about 45 miles south of Cancun. The area is known as the Riviera Maya.

Cozumel has long been a mecca for sailors and sail boarders, but in recent years the island has also become a training destination for competitive cyclists and a popular vacation destination for sun-seeking cycling-oriented families. Both Ironman Triathlon and the ITU Triathlon World Cup have annual events on Cozumel and the island is also a regional hotbed for hardcore racing cyclists. Cozumel has a two-lane cycling path only a few feet from its white sand Caribbean beaches that runs around much of the island.

GFNY Cozumel partnership sponsors at this date include the Mr. Sancho’s Beach Club, Diamonds International, TVC Deportes, La Cocay, Presidente Intercontinental,Senor Frogs, Casa Mexicana, AthleticCamps and Biemme.

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GFNY Cozumel: The First Gran Fondo In Paradise

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