900 riders from 20 nations raced at the inaugural GFNY Republica Dominicana last Sunday April 7
NEW YORK CITY, April 10, 2019 – More than 900 riders from 20 countries descended on the world-famous tourist destination of Punta Cana. The first granfondo ever held in the Domincan Republic created great impact for local sports tourism.
The peloton took full advantage of the tailwind on the fully closed highway during the first 60k, hitting speeds of well above 50km/h. But despite the blistering pace, local elite riders still tried to make a difference and initiated several attacks.
The following hilly section with short pitches of over 10% incline and the return to the finish into the fierce Passat headwinds started to diminish the lead group.
At the end, a group of 14 riders prevailed. It was an exciting sprint finish for the podium. Top honors were taken by local rider Delvy Capellán Almonte in a time of 3:41:26.5. Fellow countryman Giancarlos Crispín Castillo took second place in 3:41:26.9 and Puerto Rican, Xavier Santana rounded out the podium in 3:21:27.
In the ladies race Dominican riders dominated the podium with another sprint finish for first and second place. Juana Fernández Veras edged out Karla Excelsia De Jesus Rodriguez by two hundredths of a second in 3:57:24.2. Maricarmen Saleta completed the podium in 4:16:47.
“GFNY Republica Dominicana by far exceeded the expectations for a first year event. The local team delivered a top notch race,” said GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “It has quickly become obvious that GFNY riders were seeking a warm destination race early in the year. The event has the potential to get to 3,000 riders from 50 countries like GFNY Cozumel within a few years.”
Next up, GFNY Global Cycling Marathon Series heads to Israel on May 3rd for GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, 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.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. 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 2019/20 calendar
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
23 June GFNY SANTA FE
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA
4 August GFNY BRASIL
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
1 September GFNY INDONESIA
22 September GFNY PHILIPPINES
12 October GFNY ECUADOR
20 October GFNY PANAMA
3 November GFNY ARGENTINA
10 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
24 November GFNY CHILE
23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
8 March 2020 GFNY MONTERREY
15 March 2020 GFNY SOUTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP URUGUAY
22 March 2020 GFNY COLOMBIA
29 March 2020 GFNY ITALIA
29 March 2020 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
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