GFNY Ecuador Manta: American Jill Patterson in contention for overall win

September 30, 2021

Ecuadorian Jorge Carrenza takes the win after a fall with Patterson less than 3 minutes behind and in fifth overall

GFNY returned to Latin America for the third time this season with GFNY Ecuador Manta last Sunday. Over 700 cyclists rode the beautiful but challenging 143-kilometer long course that included 2034 meters of climbing, most of which was attacked in the Pacoche forest.

Despite a crash and mechanical early in the race, Jorge Carranza caught up to his rivals and paired up with Corratec rider Daren Katsuno. Together, Carrenza and Katsuno dropped the lead peloton to finish in 03:59:14 in first and second place. Less than 2 minutes later, the all Ecuadorian podium was rounded out by John Fabricio Palma.

In the women’s competition, the 2019 GFNY NYC World Champion Jill Patterson (USA) took the win in 04:02:05, just three minutes behind the men’s champ and in fifth place overall. Ecuadorians Daniela Zambrano and Angy Luna rounded out the podium.

Jorge Carranza punched his ticket for the GFNY World Championship in NYC in May 2022, where he will race a course that’s quite similar and can proove that he wasn’t a fluke. Meanwhile Jill Patterson will no doubt be the marked lady come May 15.

GFNY now heads back to Europe for a true Italian Gran Fondo: GFNY Italia Montepulciano-Torrita di Siena, featuring the spectacular “strade bianche” sectors in the Tuscan hills on October 17.

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