Inaugural GFNY Costa Rica to be held on April 22, 2018

May 11, 2017

GFNY heads to La Fortuna, adventure center of Costa Rica and home to Arenal Volcano National Park

NEW YORK CITY, May 11, 2017 – The global cycling marathon series, GFNY, continues to expand its brand in Latin America with the inaugural GFNY Costa Rica to be held on April 22, 2018. The adventure-packed, family-friendly town of La Fortuna will host riders and families.

GFNY Costa Rica will provide an undulating course with several short but steep hills. Riders have the option between the competitive 150km long distance with 2714m of climbing or the non-competitive 92km medium distance with 1476m of climbing. The long distance serves a 2017-2018 qualifying race for the racer corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.

“Costa Rica’s natural beauty will be a stunning backdrop and challenge to GFNY riders,” said Lidia Fluhme, President and co-founder of GFNY. “We are thrilled to bring GFNY to Costa Rica. Costa Rican riders have been a top-5 country at the GFNY World Championship in NYC and have amazing passion for cycling and GFNY.”

Costa Rica’s tropical climate guarantees warm rain or hot sunshine throughout the course that will take riders alongside the majestic Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Besides the stunning scenery while cycling, the host town, La Fortuna, and surrounding Arenal area offer a wide range of adventure activities like hiking, canopy tours, cave explorations to provide a memorable adventure trip for the whole family.

Race organizer Octavio Fournier Montealegre is excited to welcome riders. “GFNY Costa Rica will be a fantastic way for riders to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica.”

Registration is now open at

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico 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.

The official GFNY website is:

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

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.

The official GFNY website is:

GFNY World 2017 calendar

February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia –
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia Stage Race –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
April 23, 2017 – GFNY Malaysia –
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –
August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia –
September 29 – October 1, 2017 – GFNY Provence Stage Race –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Argentina –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
November 26, 2017 – GFNY Chile –

Further Material for Media Use

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

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme
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