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200 police officers closed 155km of public roads for GFNY Argentina

200 police officers closed 155km of roads at the inaugural GFNY Argentina on Sunday, December 6 around San Luis in perfect early summer weather.

The race started out fast from the gun. Under the pressure of the San Luis Somos Todos Continental Team, the lead peloton of 50 riders tackled the initial undulating 70km at an average of 44.2km/h (27.5mph).

The second half of the race was dominated first by strong headwinds then by tailwinds. 18-year old Cristian Bertola of San Luis Somos Todos attacked into the wind with 35km to go. He used the tailwind and his team support to his advantage and reached the bottom of the climb with enough buffer to cross the hill-top finish line first. Mirador del Potrero is the region’s legendary climb with its 5.7km and altitude of 1270m at the top. Bertola won in 3:54:51, ahead of Ale Oviedo from Cordoba, Argentina (3:55:34). Colombian Jhoann Robayo finished third in 3:55:39. Jhoann is a regular on the GFNY World circuit, having played major roles at both the GFNY Championship in NYC and GFNY Colombia.

“Winning GFNY is a great confidence booster for the Pro Tour race Tour de San Luis in January,” said Bertola. “Being able to compete on the same roads and test Mirador del Potrero under racing conditions was fantastic.”

Andrea Acevedo Deia from Brazil finished in 4:31:09, beating Ingrid Guiller from La Plata, Argentina by over 9 minutes. Ironman triathlete Gabriela Alejandra Leon from Buenos Aires finished third in 4:41:44.

For the age groupers in the peloton, GFNY Argentina served as a qualifier for the racer corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 15, 2016. The top 10% in each age group earned one of the coveted spots in the front of the 5000-rider peloton in NYC.

“I got to race GFNY Argentina myself,” adds GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Having had an army of police officers fully close all roads for us was a very special treat. Everyone was truly treated like a ‘Pro for a Day’ as it is the motto of GFNY.”

Next stop on the GFNY World calendar is Punta del Este, South America’s Saint Tropez, with the first edition of GFNY Uruguay on March 6, 2016. It will be the fourth GFNY location in Latin America.

About Gran Fondo New York
The 6th annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York on May 15, 2016 will be the second annual GFNY Championship. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 countries. Athletes 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, Germany, Mexico City, Indonesia, Cozumel, Argentina, Colombia and at Mont Ventoux/France. Riders there have a chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% of their age group.

The official Gran Fondo New York website is: gfny.com.

GFNY World upcoming races:
November 22, 2015 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico – gfnycozumel.com
December 6, 2015 – GFNY Argentina – gfnyargentina.com
April 10, 2016 – CRM GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
May 15, 2016 – GFNY Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York – gfny.com
June 26, 2016 – GFNY Mont Ventoux – gfnymontventoux.com
August 28, 2016 – GFNY Deutschland – gfnydeutschland.com
September 18, 2016 – GFNY Italia – gfnyitalia.com
October 2, 2016 – GFNY Indonesia – gfnyindonesia.com

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