Athletes flocked to South America's swanky Punta del Este
Vistiors from nearby Montevideo, Buenos Aires and the Brazilian metropoles Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo as well as far beyond flocked to Punta del Este in Uruguay to combine GFNY racing with a vacation. GFNY Uruguay more than doubled its registered riders from the inaugural 2016 edition, to over 750 registered riders at the 2017 edition. The inaugural GFNY Uruguay was the first mass participation cycling marathon ever held in the country and its growth in the second year proves the increasing popularity of cycling marathons.
Punta del Este is well known as one of the major Latin American beach resorts. But it wasn’t all about relaxing and enjoying the late summer sun this Sunday at GFNY Uruguay.
Latin America’s bike racers took their summer fitness into this challenging one-day race. The 180km race started and finished in the heart of Punta del Este. After following the South Atlantic shore, the route turned inland where the undulating terrain added up to a formidable challenge: 2000m of climbing.
Half way through the race where the riders hit the over-10%-steep climbs, a group of six riders split off the remaining lead group. A fast and flat lead-up to the finish meant it would come down to a sprint finish. Uruguayan Ricardo Guedes edged out countryman Roderyck Asconeguy after 4:35:20. Joaquin Ansolabehere (also Uruguay) rounded out the podium.
The women’s race was won in 4:57:40 by 2016 GFNY Championship NYC runner-up Marcella Toldi from Brazil. Flora Meirelles (also Brazil) finished 7 minutes behind her with Uruguayan Johanna Noelia Bracco Olmedo a further 8 minutes back.
While just a few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, there were many aiming to finish among the top 10% of finishers in their category to qualify for a racer corral spot at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21, 2017.
“It’s so much fun to see the excitement for GFNY in Latin America where we go from strength to strength,” said GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “There is a hunger and appreciation for quality cycling marathon races by riders in the region that is currently unparalleled. We already have races in Mexico, Colombia, Brasil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, and we’re adding 3-4 more in LatAm alone. GFNYs success comes down to the hard work of our local organizers who understand their riders because they are the riders themselves.”
Next up on the GFNY Calendar is the inaugural GFNY Latin America Championship this Sunday March 26 held at the 2nd annual GFNY Mexico City.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, 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.
The official GFNY website is: gfny.com
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
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.
The official GFNY website is: gfny.com.
GFNY World calendar
February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia Stage Race – gfnyitalia.com
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay – gfnyuruguay.com
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City – gfnymexicocity.com
April 23, 2017 – GFNY Malaysia – gfnymy.com
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC – gfny.com
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux – gfnymontventoux.com
August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil – gfnybrasil.com
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland – gfnydeutschland.com
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia – gfnyindonesia.com
September 29 – October 1, 2017 – GFNY Provence Stage Race – gfnyprovence.com
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Argentina – gfnyargentina.com
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
November 26, 2017 – GFNY Chile – gfnychile.com
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