Italians dominate water battle at GFNY Italia

September 21, 2016

Riders from across the globe experienced the authentic Italian granfondo

NEW YORK CITY, September 21, 2016 – Riders from the US, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Nigeria and all over Europe experienced a true Italian granfondo at GFNY Italia. And they had to work hard to earn their finish. After four rain free months, the Lazio region was battered by rain this past Sunday. While riders did not get to enjoy the spectacular views along the course, in particular the incredibly stunning Sperlonga climb, most embraced the added challenge knowing the race will be one to remember.

Italian granfondos are known for one pace: “a tutto gas”, all out. During the initial five neutralized kilometers on the world’s oldest road “Via Appia”, the pace was already set by the lead moto at a staggering 45km/h. When the race was opened, speeds quickly hit 55km/h with numerous attacks on rain flooded roads. Expectedly, none of them were successful until the Sperlonga climb 15km into the race where the peloton split into small groups.

A lead group of 12 riders formed and stayed together also across Passo San Nicola and the Vallecorsa climb. Federico Colone (Evonacicli) won the sprint on Via Appia in Terracina after 125km of racing with 1,750m of climbing in 3:21:00. Second place went to Matteo Cecconi (Vigili del Fuoco Viterbo) ahead of Francesco Cipoletta (Pro Cycling).

“I train on the course all the time so it’s awesome to win here,” said Colone. “And I’ll keep training on the course to be ready to also win at the GFNY World Championship in NYC this coming May.”

The all Italian men’s podium was followed by an all Italian women’s podium. Loredana Varlese (Cicli Rebike Fondi) was able to distance Isabella Iacovissi (SDS Eleven Sport) by a solid minute in 3:54:49. Elsa Rigon (ASD Roma) finished third.

“For 2017, we’ll offer a completely new GFNY experience in Italy,” added GFNY President Lidia Fluhme who won her age group. “From March 12-19, riders can enjoy four days of training and three days of stage race: an uphill ITT through Terracina’s historic old town to the 2000-year old Jupiter Temple, a circuit race and the traditional granfondo.”

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. The next chance to qualify will be the inaugural GFNY Indonesia on October 2, 2016.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon series with events held in NYC, 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

Further Material for Media Use

  • GFNY Italia 2016 race video: here
  • GFNY Italia results: here
  • GFNY Italia pictures: here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme
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