Inaugural GFNY Deutschland Provided Riders from 18 Nations 166km of Fully Closed-to-Traffic Cycling in Northern Germany

August 31, 2016

Athletes enjoyed great weather, postcard-worthy scenery and great spectator support

NEW YORK CITY, August 31, 2016 – The racers of inaugural GFNY Deutschland faced hot summer conditions and enjoyed fully closed roads, postcard-worthy scenery and great spectator support along the entire race route. Police forces and over 250 road side volunteers sealed off all vehicular traffic to provide unparalleled racing conditions to all riders.

GFNY Deutschland offered two distances: a 166km / 103mi long route with 2,178m / 7,146ft of climbing and a medium route of 110km / 66mi with 1,420m / 4,659ft of climbing.

The 166k race was marked by numerous attacks. While no riders were able to gap the peloton definitively, each attack shrunk the group of contenders until a bunch of 10 tackled the last climb with 10km to go to the finish. At the end, Christian Zucker out sprinted Carlo Mario and won in 4:43:09h. Both riders were the freshest after having spent the day at the back of the lead group. Arne Frank completed the all-German podium.

Ekaterina Chungunkova from Moscow, who last year raced for the Italian team De Rosa Santini, won the women’s race in 5:11:22h. She distanced GFNY President Lidia Fluhme (USA) by 21 minutes. Third place went to Patrizia Hagen from Germany, a further 11 minutes back.

“Racing on fully closed roads was phenomenal,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Being able to descent full gas and not having to expect a car is a unique privilege usually reserved for top professional races. GFNY Deutschland really allowed the riders to Be a Pro for a Day.”

While only few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, many aimed to finish among the top 10% of finishers in their category to qualify for a racer corral spot at the GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21, 2017.

Next stop on the GFNY World calendar is the third annual GFNY Italia on September 18, an hour south of Rome. The race prides itself on being an authentic Italian granfondo experience, from the sea-hills-sea course to the enthusiastic, knife-between-the-teeth racers.

About GFNY

GFNY, the global cycling marathon series, holds events in NYC, Germany, Italy, Mexico City, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay 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

August 28, 2016 – GFNY Deutschland –
September 18, 2016 – GFNY Italia –
October 2, 2016 – GFNY Indonesia –
October 30, 2016 – GFNY Argentina –
November 13, 2016 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
February 26, 2017 – CRM GFNY Colombia –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –

Further Material for Media Use

Results: here
Photos (credit Sportograf): here
Video: here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme Phone: +1.212.933.4033
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