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Uruguay to host inaugural GFNY Colonia on October 11, 2020

February 12, 2020

GFNY Global Cycling Marathon Series now celebrates two events in Uruguay with the launch of GFNY Uruguay Colonia scheduled for October 11, 2020.

GFNY Global Cycling Marathon Series now celebrates two events in Uruguay with the launch of GFNY Uruguay Colonia scheduled for October 11, 2020.

NEW YORK CITY, February 12, 2020 – Colonia will host Uruguay’s second GFNY event. Punta del Este hosts the early season GFNY South American Championship on March 15. Colonia del Sacramento will host the inaugural late season race on October 11, 2020.

Declared ‘Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 1995, Colonia del Sacramento is just 50km away from Buenos Aires. This vintage jewel of a city is a peaceful retreat to all.

GFNY Colonia offers two distances. The 160km long competitive distance has 1011 meters of climbing. The non-competitive 90km medium distance has 650 meters of ascent. The topography of the area lends itself to a rolling course without any severe climbs, but it will be the winds coming off the Uruguayan coastline that could play a key component to the outcome on race day. Both distances share the first 40km across coastal villages, agricultural countryside and vineyards.

The top 10% of finishers in each age group qualify for the Racer Corral at every GFNY World event, including the Qualifier Corral start at the GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 16, 2021.

Colonia del Sacramento is Uruguay’s first European settlement, and the country’s first city, first founded by the Portuguese in 1680. The preservation and restoration of its historic district is dominated by a fusion of Spanish and Portuguese colonial style. Tourists can wander crooked cobblestone streets filled with charming cafes, beer gardens, restaurants, boutiques and craft shops.

“The inaugural GFNY Colonia is a celebration of everything wonderful about Uruguay’s vibrant culture and history,” said Lidia Fluhme, GFNY’s co-founder. “This is an exciting time for cycling in Uruguay. We are very proud to play a role in the continued development of the sport in a city we believe will be the prefect race-destination for people seeking new experiences.”

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Florida-USA, Italy, Jamaica, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA 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.

GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. 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: www.gfny.com.

GFNY World 2020 calendar

23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
8 March 2020 GFNY MONTERREY
15 March 2020 GFNY PUNTA DEL ESTE – SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
22 March 2020 GFNY COLOMBIA
22 March 2020 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
3 April 2020 GFNY JERUSALEM – MIDDLE EAST – AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
5 April 2020 GFNY ITALIA – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
9 May 2020 GFNY CHILE
17 May 2020 GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
7 June 2020 GFNY SANTA FE
5 July 2020 GFNY COSTA RICA
30 August 2020 GFNY ALPES VAUJANY – EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
4 October 2020 GFNY PORTUGAL
10 October 2020 GFNY ECUADOR
11 October 2020 GFNY URUGUAY COLONIA
25 October 2020 GFNY PANAMA
25 October 2020 GFNY FLORIDA
8 November 2020 GFNY COZUMEL
6 December 2020 GFNY JAMAICA

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Colonia video: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme
Phone: +1.212.933.4033
Email address: [email protected]gfny.com