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Inaugural GFNY Alpes Vaujany confirmed for August 30, 2020

May 6, 2020

GFNY Alpes Vaujany is confirmed to go ahead as planned on August 30th following an announcement from French President Macron that events will be allowed from mid-July

NEW YORK CITY, May 6, 2020 – Vaujany, in the French Alps, will host the 2020/21 GFNY Europe Championship on August 30 as scheduled. A statement from the Prime Minister’s office on April 28 announced that no events of 5000 persons, or more will be allowed before September 1st.

GFNY Alpes Vaujany has an expected starting list of 1000 riders and will mark the re-start the 2020 cycling season on August 30th.

A new and improved route has been finalized which now also includes the stunning Col du Glandon. The competitive long course mimics a lolly-pop loop, 117km long with arguably the most challenging course of the GFNY calendar with 3925 meters of climbing. The non-competitive short course is point to point covering 40Km with 1707 meters of assent.

The race starts in Vaujany with a controlled descent from the village of Vaujany to the base of the first challenge of the day, a 25km climb up Col de La Croix de Fer. On route to the peak at 2,067 meters, riders will pass by lush forest and lac de Grand’Maison. Upon reaching the peak there is a long descent into Saint Jean de Maurienne and a flat 10km through the Maurienne valley before starting the climb up Col du Glandon. The descent from the top will bring riders back to the bottom of Vaujany for the final climb, a short but technical 5km climb to the finish line.

“I can’t wait to host a GFNY in the French Alps and am 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. It’s ideal for a summer ride, race and family vacation. And it’s a dream to re-start the 2020 GFNY season in a region that is loaded with cycling history.”

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, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Florida-USA, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, 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 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
TBDGFNY JERUSALEM – MIDDLE EAST – AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
4 October 2020 GFNY PORTUGAL
10 October 2020 GFNY ECUADOR
11 October 2020 GFNY ITALIA –EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
25 October 2020 GFNY FLORIDA
TBD GFNY ARGENTINA
8 November 2020 GFNY COZUMEL
15 November 2020 GFNY CHILE
29 November 2020 GFNY QUITO
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
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 Alpes Vaujany video: here
GFNY Alpes Vaujany photos: 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]