GFNY World, the global cycling marathon series, grows to 10 events

January 27, 2016

US and further international events planned for 2017

NEW YORK CITY, January 26, 2016 – GFNY World, the global cycling marathon series, will stretch around the globe in 2016. Each GFNY World event offers participants a consistent GFNY experience complemented with each location’s local flair.

The GFNY standard

At each GFNY event, riders enjoy

  • Closed roads or police moderated traffic with right of way at all intersections
  • The chance to do their best on a challenging course without having to worry about anything but riding
  • Chip timing, results and rankings
  • Competition prizes across all age groups
  • The chance to qualify for a racer corral starting position at the GFNY Championship in NYC
  • Uniform set of rules and consistent participant experience great tourism and family experience in an appealing destination

GFNY events are open to professionals and amateurs alike.

The 2016 GFNY events

The year kicks off with GFNY Uruguay on March 6 in South America’s Saint Tropez, Punta del Este. The second annual CRM GFNY Colombia held just outside Bogota on April 10, will challenge riders with the famous La Cuchilla de Guasca climb reaching 11,031 feet (3362m).

The GFNY Championship will be held in New York on May 15. 5000 riders from over 70 countries are competing on a challenging 100 mile course with over 8,600 feet of climbing.

On June 26, GFNY returns to the legendary peak of Mont Ventoux, just three weeks before a Tour de France stage will finish at the same location. The inaugural GFNY Mexico City on the same day starts in the heart of the Latin metropolis with a course fully closed to traffic that finishes in the mountains above the city.

GFNY Deutschland on August 28 is a chance for riders to enjoy smooth German roads and great post race beer. On September 18, GFNY Italia brings GFNY cycling to the home of granfondo for the third time. The coastal host town of Terracina is just 90 minutes south of Rome and delivers one of the most beautiful courses in Italian granfondo cycling.

GFNY premieres in Asia on October 2 with a race on the tropical island of Lombok, Indonesia. On October 30, the second annual GFNY Argentina is held in San Luis, South America’s hub for bike racing.

The third annual GFNY Cozumel is arguably the best way for any cyclist to finish off the 2016 season. With its sandy beaches and tropical weather, the event is a cycling marathon in paradise.

“The growth of GFNY around the world has been phenomenal,” says GFNY President Lidia Fluhme. “One of the most unique aspects of GFNY is that each GFNY World organizer is a passionate cyclist and participant of GFNY NYC. This makes each GFNY World event not just another day in the calendar, but truly a special welcome from the organizer to cyclists from around the world to his or her home city. The organizers take extra good care of the riders.”

GFNY expansion in US and globally

While GFNY is currently evaluating several dozen requests from event organizers to hold further events in Asia, Europe and Latin America, there is a growing interest within the United States as well. The driving force is the eagerness of cyclists not just to ride their bikes but also to challenge themselves against the clock and against other cyclists.

“In the last few years it has become obvious that holding a ‘Gran Fondo’ in the US in most cases means having an Italian-themed bike tour,” says GFNY World CEO Uli Fluhme. “That goes against everything ‘Gran Fondo’ stands for in Italy. We see that riders want the true Italian granfondo experience where they can compete on a challenging course that is either closed to traffic or police moderated. To differentiate GFNY from other granfondos, we decided to abandon the term “Gran Fondo” entirely. If riders sees ‘GFNY’, they know what they get.”

GFNY expects to host other events in great US destinations starting 2017, and to continue the expansion of GFNY globally.

About GFNY

The 6th annual Campagnolo GFNY New York on May 15, 2016 will be the second annual GFNY Championship. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 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 50-mile GFNY BEAR on the same day is a non-competitive ride from NYC to Bear Mountain.

GFNY WORLD events are now held in Italy, Germany, Mexico City, Indonesia, Cozumel, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and at Mont Ventoux/France. Riders there have a chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% of their age group.

The official GFNY website is:

GFNY World calendar

March 6, 2016 – GFNY Uruguay –

April 10, 2016 – CRM GFNY Colombia –

May 15, 2016 – GFNY Championship New York –

June 26, 2016 – GFNY Mont Ventoux –

June 26, 2016 – GFNY Mexico City –

August 28, 2016 – GFNY Deutschland –

September 18, 2016 – GFNY Italia –

October 2, 2016 – GFNY Indonesia –

October 30, 2016 – GFNY Argentina –

November 13, 2016 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –

Further Material for Media Use

Calendar graphic: here

Video: here

Photos: here (credit: see file name)

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.

Uli Fluhme
Phone: +1.212.933.4033
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