An exciting weekend of GFNY racing saw domination from Mexico at GFNY Monterrey and Brazil at GFNY Uruguay.
NEW YORK CITY, March 20, 2019 – Domination across the podiums from Mexico in Monterrey and wins from Brazilians Ricardo Leito and Flavia Lorenzetti in Uruguay completed an exciting weekend of GFNY racing.
The second edition of GFNY Monterrey began with a controlled start inside the famous Parque Fundidora. Once riders reached the park gates, the heat was on. A lead pack containing 150 riders rolled at 55kph on the express lane in the heart of Monterrey.
The attacks started 5km into the race. Two riders escaped and created a two-minute gap from the peloton. It wasn’t until km 65 that the two sole leaders were caught.
At the head of the peloton, Miguel Arroyo (2018 GFNY Monterrey Champion) put in a hard attack taking with him two riders – one of them his brother, Fernando Arroyo – to chase down the two leaders.
The two became a group of five while two more riders separated from the main group and bridged the gap to the leaders.
Riding supremely strong, a confident Fernando Arroyo unleashed a massive attack leaving the group to take a solo lead. Meanwhile Miguel Arroyo was seen controlling the chasers allowing his brother to maintain his lead.
Fernando Arroyo was first onto the climb to top of Chipinque and the finish line. His lead unassailable, he went on to take the victory in 3:21:43. Miguel Arroyo and Jose Manuel Fernandez fought it out on the climb but their battle for runner-up ended in an amazing sprint finish with Miguel Arroyo edging out Fernandez by 100th of a second in 3:24:44.
The women’s race was dominated by Mexicans. Ana Cecilia de Leon Martinez took the win in 3:41:59. Second was Maria Del Rosario Gonzalez Hernandez in 3:43:23. Rounding out the podium, Monserrat Camargo crossed the line in 3:46:16.
A controlled start was also implemented in Uruguay. For 5km, 400 riders had a gentle warm up while passing through Punta del Este’s port and surrounding peninsula. Upon reaching the iconic Los Dedos sculpture, the race was declared on.
During early kilometers along ocean roads, warm temperatures were cooled with a bout of heavy rain. Upon reaching Route 9, the rain dissipated and a peloton of fifty plus riders hit the gas, maximizing on tail winds and the rolling roads all the way through to Route 12.
10km into the breathtaking landscape of the Sierra del Carapé, the lead peloton was reduced to nine who were able to hold onto the pace imposed by local riders Gustavo Aquino, Tomás Silva and Hernan Silvera. They were joined by five Brazilian riders: Luis Amorim, Fabio Silva, Fernando Magalhaes, Ricardo Leite and Orlando Alves.
With 66km complete and 105km to the finish line, Alves boldly attacked at El Eden Hill. The remaining riders failed to work cohesively allowing Alves to create a three minute lead.
Youngsters Silvera and Silva attacked several times but were neutralized by the chase group. It was not until the last climb of the day, La Ballena, with stunning ocean views and 6km to the finish when the eight chasing riders sighted leader Alves.
After 102km of racing alone, Alves was caught just 3km short of the finish. From that point on, it was about who had the legs for a final sprint to the line. Brazilian rider Ricardo Leito was victorious in 4:46:32, followed by Punta del Este local, Hernan Silvera (4:46:33).
In the women’s race Brazilian Flavia Lorenzetti rode away with the victory in 5:18:11. Fifteen minutes back, local hopeful Carolina Freire crossed the line in 5:33:19. Paula Fanti from Argentina rounded out the podium in 5:42:02.
Next up is the GFNY Latin America Championship Colombia this Sunday where a sold out field of 2200 riders tackles granfondo’s highest climb, the 3365m high La Cuchilla.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Lake Toba – Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, 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 championships) of their age group.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. 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 2019/20 calendar
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
31 March GFNY ITALIA MONTEPULCIANO
7 April GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
23 June GFNY SANTA FE
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
4 August GFNY BRASIL
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
1 September GFNY INDONESIA
22 September GFNY PHILIPPINES
12 October GFNY ECUADOR
20 October GFNY PANAMA
3 November GFNY ARGENTINA
10 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
24 November GFNY CHILE
23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
8 March 2020 GFNY MONTERREY
15 March 2020 GFNY SOUTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP URUGUAY
Further Material for Media Use
GFNY Monterrey video: here
GFNY Monterrey photos: here
GFNY Uruguay video: here
GFNY Uruguay photos: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here