Inaugural GFNY Deutschland this weekend on fully closed roads

August 25, 2016

Athletes set to compete on 160km and 80km courses

NEW YORK CITY, August 25, 2016 – The inaugural GFNY Deutschland is set to take place in the picturesque town of Hameln in Northern Germany this Sunday August 28, 2016. The fully closed to traffic course offers exceptional riding and racing for anyone. Smooth roads, lots of hills and beer at the finish will ensure that riders from across the world get a proper German cycling experience.

In Germany, the so-called “all-comer races” have become very popular because they offer more interesting courses than traditional licensed racing which is often limited to criterium or circuit racing. But despite their name, these races are only open to non-racing license holders. This has created controversy in recent years when riders and even whole teams have organized themselves specifically around all-comer races. By that, the original idea of having races for casual riders failed. Today, all-comer races are de facto elite level road races, held parallel to licensed races.

“GFNY has globally always positioned itself as a race truly for everyone, whether beginner or professional,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “And we’re not going to change that in Germany. At GFNY Deutschland, every rider – racing license or not – is welcome to Be a Pro for a Day.”

GFNY Deutschland offers 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.

While only few riders are in the hunt for the overall win, there will be many aiming 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.

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
GFNY Championship NYC video: here

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