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Inaugural Alpes Vaujany announced as 2020/21 GFNY Europe Championship

October 2, 2019

GFNY is heading to the picturesque village of Vaujany in the French Alps for a tough course with over 4000m of climbing

NEW YORK CITY, October 2, 2019 – Vaujany, in the French Alps will host the 2020/21 GFNY Europe Championship on August 30, 2020. Riders will get to experience some of the most famous climbs in the world and an opportunity to test themselves on a tough course, deserving of the GFNY Europe Championship label.

Two route options are offered. The competitive long route covers 115km and 4082m of climbing and is a test of both legs and willpower.

A controlled start on a descent from the mountain village of Vaujany will lead straight into the first challenge, a 25km climb up Col de la Croix de Fer, through forests, past lac de Grand Maison to the peak at 2067m. Riders will then descend before a slightly more difficult climb up the other side of Col de la Croix Fer. The final challenge will then be the climb back to Vaujany for the finish line celebration.

The non-competitive medium route covers 41km and 1705m of climbing and follows the same descending start as the long course. Riders then have a 15km climb to lac de Grand Maison before turning around, descending Croix de Fer and facing the final challenge back up to Vaujany and the finish line.

In the week leading up to race day, riders can join the GFNY Camp which offers daily supported rides on famous climbs such as Galibier, Izoard or Alpe d’Huez.

“We are very excited to host a GFNY in the French Alps and especially proud of this Championship course,” said GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Vaujany is a beautiful host location, surrounded by the most famous climbs in the world. There is accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets, making this a great pick for a summer European ride and race vacation.”

The top 20% of riders over all age groups in the long course qualify for a front corral start at the GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 16, 2021.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, 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.

GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. 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

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
22 March 2020 GFNY COLOMBIA
22 March 2020 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 April 2020 GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
5 April 2020 GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP ITALIA
17 May 2020 GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
7 June 2020 GFNY SANTA FE
5 July 2020 GFNY COSTA RICA
30 August 2020 GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP ALPES VAUJANY
15 September 2020 GFNY PORTUGAL

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY World calendar graphic: here
GFNY Alpes Vaujany video: here
GFNY Alpes Vaujany photos: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Emma Bishop, emma@gfny.com
Uli Fluhme, uli@gfny.com