Italy, Cozumel-Mexico, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Colombia and Brazil are the hosts for the inaugural GFNY World season leading up to the Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York on May 17, 2015.
The organizers of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York created the GFNY WORLD series for two reasons: to bring the spirit and quality of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York to other parts of the world and to provide Gran Fondo New York participants the opportunity to get their GFNY fix more than just once a year. Every year after the event, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York riders ask “What now?”. With the creation of the GFNY WORLD series, there are now events globally that guarantee the same quality and experience as the New York event.
“We have partnered with local event organizers who hold the same values as us, love the sport of cycling and their cities and want to bring together local and international cyclists to share the same experience of riding their roads,” explains Uli Fluhme, CEO of Gran Fondo New York, Inc. “All of them adhere to the GFNY standards that make a true granfondo: they must have road closures or police moderated intersections to allow riders the right of way along the entire route, individual chip timing and rankings based on finish time.”
Top ranked finishers in all age groups at GFNY World events will be seeded in the Elite Racer corral at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York. And all finishers at any GFNY World event will be seeded in the Preferred Start corral. “We strongly believe in giving back to participants who have been and are supporting GFNY,” adds GFNY President Lidia Fluhme. “Even with individual chip timing, everyone likes to start towards the front, this is our way of saying thank you.”
GFNY WORLD plans to expand into other countries, by adding new or working with existing events.
2014/15 GFNY WORLD CALENDAR
September 21, 2014 – GFNY Italia – gfnyitalia.com
November 23, 2014 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
February 15, 2015 – GFNY Puerto Rico – gfnypuertorico.com
March 22, 2015 – GFNY Barcelona – gfnybarcelona.com
March 29, 2015 – GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
April 12, 2015 – GFNY Brazil – details tbc
May 17, 2015 – GFNY CHAMPIONSHIP – Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York – granfondony.com
About Gran Fondo New York
The 4th annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 countries and 48 US states. The 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, to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary. New for the 2014-2015 season, GFNY WORLD features events in Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Barcelona and Brazil that lead up to the Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York raises funds for Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity. The official Grand Fondo New York website is: www.granfondony.com.