NEW YORK CITY, April 22, 2015: The inaugural CRM GFNY Colombia will be held on April 26, 2015. A sold-out field of 800 riders is expected to race the World’s Highest Gran Fondo. It’s no coincidence that it will take place in one of the most cycling-fanatic countries that has produced some of the world’s best climbers. The race starts in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, at 8,660 feet and will travel as high as 11,040 feet at the Cuchilla climb which towers a whopping 2,000ft above the famous Stelvio pass in Italy. Like at all GFNY events, riders will enjoy closed roads and police moderated traffic to be able to fully focus on competing and enjoying the event.
CRM GFNY Colombia provides two distance options: a 94mi / 147km long route with 7,970ft / 2,430m of climbing and a medium route of 61mi / 99km with 4,850ft / 1,480m of climbing.
Local racers Camila Cortes and Gabriel Corredor are the favorites for the overall win. Both are past winners of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York. While only few are in the hunt for the overall win, the age groupers are trying to be in the top 10% of their category which is the last chance to snatch a racer corral spot at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015.
Colombian cycling hit the big stage in the 1980s when Lucho Herrera and Pancho Rodriguez took the European tours by storm and showed the world that they are the best climbers. Now a masters rider, Rodriguez is a Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York finisher alongside 200 of his compatriots each year. After a draught over the past two decades in the highest professional ranks, Colombian cycling is strong internationally once again with the likes of Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran.
CRM Inc. is the title sponsor of GFNY Colombia. It offers comprehensive consulting and control services in risk management.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s goal is to bring GFNY WORLD events to attractive destinations around the globe. 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 along the entire race route, individual chip timing and rankings based on finish time. All GFNY events also offer a consistent high-quality experience, ensuring cyclists a safe, challenging and enjoyable experience from start to finish. Applications can be sent to Uli Fluhme at email@example.com.
GFNY WORLD CALENDAR
April 26, 2015 – CRM GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
May 17, 2015 – GFNY Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York – gfny.cc
June 28, 2015 – Wear-Design GFNY Mont Ventoux – gfnymontventoux.com
September 20, 2015 – GFNY Italia – gfnyitalia.com
November 22, 2015 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
December 6, 2015 – GFNY Argentina – gfnyargentina.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.
GFNY WORLD now features events in Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, France and Argentina. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York raises funds for Operation Smile, the international children’s medical charity.
The official Gran Fondo New York website is: gfny.cc.
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