Record 3000 riders from 55 nations to start the 4th annual international GFNY Cozumel

November 9, 2017

The Mexican island of Cozumel hosts the fourth edition of GFNY Cozumel this Sunday, November 12th

NEW YORK CITY, November 9, 2017 – GFNY, the Global Marathon Cycling Series, returns to Cozumel, Mexico this Sunday, November 12th.

A record 3000 riders from 55 nations will take on the 1- or 2-lap courses circumnavigating the island as they take on the 4th annual GFNY Cozumel. Riders will be treated to spectacular views of the Mayan island paradise. A total 65 km of the route will be along costal roads that run parallel to Cozumel’s pristine turquoise sea waters. GFNY Cozumel’s 160km long route is a qualifier for the racer corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.

GFNY debuted in Cozumel in 2014. Four years on, the event has grown from strength to strength complete with live bands, cheering zones and a Mexican fiesta at the Finish Village.

Cozumel is known for being flat, the highest natural elevation being 15m above sea level, but it is also known for the notoriously strong trade winds. The winds present riders with a unique challenge, in contrast to the usual ‘King of the Mountain’ (KOM). GFNY Cozumel’s ‘King of the Wind’ challenge begins at 27km on Lap 1 and 110km on lap 2, when the course swings north onto the beachfront road along the windy Eastern shore of Cozumel and riders are greeted with relentless head and side winds.

“GFNY Cozumel holds a very special place in the GFNY World family. It is exciting to see how over four years the event has grown and encouraged the sport of cycling in Mexico.”  Said Lidia Fluhme, President and co-founder of GFNY. “The island has truly embraced the event and riders are in for a very special experience on Sunday.”

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Samosir-Indonesia, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Malaysia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico 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 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. 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:

GFNY World calendar



Further Material for Media Use

GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY Cozumel video: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

Media Contact

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