Limar GFNY Italia opened the GFNY World season on September 21, 2014 with great success. The coastal town of Terracina, Lazio, situated one hour south of Rome, was host to the first ever GFNY World event on one of the most spectacular courses in granfondo worldwide.
At Limar GFNY Italia, riders had the choice between the 85mi / 135km with 2,500m / 8,000ft of climbing “long route” and the 60mi / 100km with 1,800m / 5,000ft of climbing “medium route”. Both routes started and finished in Terracina and offered spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ausoni and Aurunci Mountains, Roman ruins, medieval mountaintop villages, countless vineyards, and lemon, orange and olive groves.
GFNY Italia was an Italian sweep: Luisiano Cannizzaro and Maria Giacinta Cannas won the long course in a time of 3:23:53 (38.3km/h) and 4:05:14 (31.8km/h), respectively. The medium route was won by Raffaele Basile and Manuela de Iuliis in a time of 2:52:25 (35.5km/h) and 3:13:43.26 (31.6km/h), respectively. While only the top 10% finishers of all age groups qualified for a racer corral seeding at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015, everyone enjoyed the spectacular course in summer weather with temperatures reaching an unseasonable 32C/90F. Many riders traveled from across Europe and as far as the US, Canada and Brazil to experience an authentic Italian granfondo. And many of these visitors added a week or two to experience Italian culture whether it means spending time in Rome or in Northern Italy where classic climbs like the Stelvio awaited.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s goal is to bring GFNY WORLD events into countries that are particularly strongly represented at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York or are hotbeds for cycling. Whether it’s a new or an already existing event, each is required to adhere to the standards of a true Gran Fondo: they must have road closures or police-moderated intersections to allow riders the right of way, individual chip timing and rankings based on finish time. All GFNY events also offer a consistent high-quality experience, ensuring cyclists have a safe, challenging and enjoyable experience from start to finish.
“Limar GFNY Italia was a remarkable experience. The cyclists around me were competitive and pushed me to do my best but also very friendly worked well as a group riding in a peloton. The race was perfectly organized, with top-notch traffic control, well-stocked aid stations and fantastic course selection with amazing views. It was an unforgettable day and I’m already looking forward to my next GFNY World event,” said Jared Skolnik from New York City.
Next stop on the GFNY World tour will be GFNY Cozumel on the tropical island of Cozumel, Mexico with its first granfondo in paradise. The race currently is at 90% capacity and expected to sell out in the coming weeks.
2014/15 GFNY WORLD CALENDAR
September 21, 2014 – GFNY Italia – gfnyitalia.com
November 23, 2014 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
February 15, 2015 – GFNY Puerto Rico – gfnypuertorico.com
March 21, 2015 – GFNY Barcelona – gfnybarcelona.com
March 29, 2015 – GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
May 17, 2015 – GFNY Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York – granfondony.com
June 28, 2015 – GFNY Mont Ventoux – gfnymontventoux.com
About Gran Fondo New York
The 5th annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York on May 17, 2015 will be the first GFNY Championship. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 countries and 48 US states. Athletes will take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain and back to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge. The 50-mile GFNY BEAR on the same day is a non-competitive ride from NYC to Bear Mountain. New for the 2014-2015 season, GFNY WORLD features events in Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain and France. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York raises funds for Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity. The official Grand Fondo New York website is: www.granfondony.com.
Gran Fondo New York Inc.