Inaugural GFNY Brasil to be held on August 6, 2017

October 13, 2016

Host town will be Conservatoria in the State of Rio de Janeiro

NEW YORK CITY, October 13, 2016 – The charming historic town of Conservatória, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will host the inaugural GFNY Brasil. Conservatória, known for its stunning nature with rolling green hills, waterfalls and rainforest-covered mountains, is located in a picturesque region two hours north of Rio de Janeiro that was the heart of Brazil’s coffee industry in the mid-1800s.

Brazil is a particularly special nation for GFNY. On May 15, 2016, over 700 Brazilians tackled the Campagnolo GFNY Championship in NYC. For the second year, Brazil was the second-largest contingent at the NYC race after the host nation, USA.

“GFNY has a huge, passionate fan base in Brazil,” says GFNY President Lidia Fluhme. “To create GFNY Brasil, we’ve partnered with the organizer of the pro stage race Tour do Rio and numerous amateur mass participation cycling events, Luisa Jucá. This partnership will guarantee a true GFNY experience.”

“Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in Brazil,” adds Luisa Juca. “As the leading producer of cycling events in Brazil with ten years of experience, we’re proud to host GFNY in our country. We look forward to receiving cyclists from all over Brazil and the world in one of the most beautiful and charming places of our state of Rio de Janeiro.’

Two distance options will challenge riders, a 160km / 100-mile competitive long course and a 72km / 45-mile medium non-competitive route for riders who want to experience GFNY but are not able to tackle the 160km long course.

A former coffee plantation will host the pre-race expo and post-race festivities. The grand estate is located in a beautiful setting in the countryside, with green pastures bordered by stretches of lush Atlantic rain forest.

About GFNY

G FNY is the global cycling marathon series with events held in NYC, Brasil, Italy, Mexico City, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Germany and at Mont Ventoux-France.

The 7th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 21, 2017. 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.

At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.

The official GFNY website is:

GFNY World calendar

October 30, 2016 – GFNY Argentina –
November 13, 2016 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
February 26, 2017 – CRM GFNY Colombia –
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
May 21, 2017 – GFNY Championship NYC –
June 11, 2017 – GFNY Brasil –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –
September 4, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland –
October 1, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia –
December 3, 2017 – TBA

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Brasil teaser video: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here