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GFNY heads to Peruvian Andes for inaugural race in 2021

June 18, 2020

3200 meters above sea level, Cusco in the Peruvian Andes will host the inaugural GFNY Peru on April 18, 2021.

NEW YORK CITY, June 18, 2020 – Cusco is the historical capital of Peru, and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At 3200 meters above sea level, it will offer a challenging race amidst a historical backdrop.

GFNY Peru will offer two distances. The competitive long route of 135km and 1884m of climbing promises to offer something for every cyclist with a mix of climbs, descents, technical challenges and fast flats. The non-competitive medium route covers 70km with 1658m of climbing.

Both routes pass famous historic ruins of La Otra Casa Real del Sol, Puka Pukara and El Valle Sangrado de los Incas along with a multitude of various archaeological centers and stunning Peruvian landscapes that highlight the route.

Cusco is easily accessible by air. Short daily flights depart from Lima, Arequipa and Juliaca in Puno. The weather is mild and perfect for an April race. Cusco has a wide variety of hotel options for every budget, as well as a diverse gastronomy that masterfully combines the products of the Andes, which is reflected in its many restaurants and cafes.

Cusco is a city waiting to be explored. Outside of race day, Cusco’s Imperial City and its various temples and tourist spots such as Koricancha, La Catedral and La Piedra de 12 Angulos can be easily explored on foot. The ancient Incan city, Machu Picchu, is must-do day trip for Cusco visitors.

“Cusco has a vast network of roads that offer tranquil and varied cycling,” said Lidia Fluhme, GFNY’s co-founder. “GFNY Peru riders can expect a breathtaking race course with imposing views of the Peruvian Andes, beautiful nature and archaeological Incan sites.”

“We are very excited to bring GFNY to Peru for 2021. We will receive GFNY riders with open arms and open hearts and guarantee one of the best experiences on a bike in Peru,” said Alexandra Whilar of GFNY Peru.

The top 10% of riders over all age groups in the long course qualify for a front corral start at every GFNY World race for 380 days, including the GFNY World Championship New York City held on May 16, 2021.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, 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 and the world 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
19 September 2020 GFNY SANTA FE
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 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

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY World calendar graphic: here
GFNY Peru 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]