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Cyclists race to the top of the legendary Mont Ventoux at the inaugural GFNY Mont Ventoux on June 28, 2015

The inaugural GFNY Mont Ventoux will be held on June 28, 2015. For the first time ever, a very international peloton of 1,000 cyclists from amateur to pro have the chance to participate in a cycling race that finishes on top of the legendary Mont Ventoux, arguably the world’s most iconic cycling mountain where many Tour de France stages were held and legends were born.

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. The long route is 84mi / 135km and has 11,800ft / 3600m of climbing. The medium route is 70mi / 113km long and has 9,800ft / 3,000m of climbing. Both routes travel over several cols and finish at the top of the 6,237ft / 1,912m-high Mont Ventoux. From there, riders enjoy a relaxed postrace descent back to Vaison-la-Romaine to take part in the finish festivities.

Also, like all GFNY World events, GFNY Mont Ventoux sets out to provide riders and their families an extraordinary experience. The event’s host Vaison-la-Romaine is a medieval town equally known for its Roman ruins situated at the bottom of Mont Ventoux. There are weekly Provençal markets filled with up to 450 stands in the summer season. It sprawls out over the main squares and streets of the town and is an ancient tradition dating all the way back to 1483.

The celebratory finish line and handing out of finisher medals are inside the Ancient Roman Amphitheater of Vaison that was built in 20AD. The Awards Ceremony begins in the Amphitheater with a 15-minute Roman Exhibition followed by overall and age group podium awards. While only a few riders 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 15, 2016.

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Wear-Design.fr is the title sponsor of GFNY Mont Ventoux. The French company specializes in custom cycling apparel and provides the official jersey of the race which is mandatory attire for the riders during the event.

GFNY World Calendar 2015/16 Season
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
April 10, 2016 – CRM GFNY Colombia – gfnycolombia.com
May 15, 2016 – GFNY Championship at Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York gfny.cc

About Gran Fondo New York
The 6th annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will take place on May 15, 2016 and will be the GFNY Championship. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 70 countries and 48 US states. 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 features events in Mont Ventoux-France, Italy, Cozumel-Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. At each event, athletes can qualify for the elite corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC by finishing in the top 10% of their age group.

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

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