Riders Conquer Mont Ventoux at Inaugural GFNY Race
A sold out field of 1,050 racers from 31 countries got to race like pros for a day at the inaugural Wear-Design GFNY Mont Ventoux on June 28, 2015. With an exciting start in the town of Vaison-La-Romaine in Southern France’s Provence region, to the breathtaking finish atop the legendary Mont Ventoux, it was a challenging day that saw many triumphs of determination and courage. The top of Mont Ventoux was a scene of exhaustion and pride. Few finish lines are as well-covered by selfie photos as that of GFNY Mont Ventoux.
The long route was 84mi / 135km and had 11,800ft / 3600m of climbing. The medium route was 70mi / 113km long and had 9,800ft / 3,000m of climbing. Both routes traveled over several cols before finishing at the top of the 6,237ft / 1,912m-high Mont Ventoux on a day where temperatures in the valleys reached 95F / 35C under a cloudless sky.
French U23 elite racer Alexis Carlier won the race in 4:14:03 by dropping runner-up Luic Ruffeau with 4k to go to the top. The women’s race was dominated by 24-year old Anna Kiesenhofer from Austria in 4:33:53. She took the race by distancing second place finisher Betty Kals from Belgium by no less than 45 minutes and taking 12th place overall. Look out for her in pro races very soon.
Only a few racers were in the hunt for the overall win. However, age groupers were fighting hard to be in the top 10% of their category to snatch a racer corral spot for the 2nd GFNY Championship in NYC on May 15, 2016.
“At Campagnolo GFNY in NYC we have the most spectacular start line in cycling on the George Washington Bridge,” says Uli Fluhme, CEO of GFNY. “And no doubt Mont Ventoux is as spectacular as it gets when it comes to finishing a bike race. Founders Lucie Hiegel and Nicolas Garcera and the whole GFNY Mont Ventoux organization have done an amazing job with this well-run event. Based on the overwhelming number of requests for entries this year and how seamlessly organized the event was, we expect 3,000 riders from across the globe within the next two years. Our host town Vaison-la-Romaine is ready: in 2013, it accommodated the Tour de France for two days.”
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 protected]
GFNY World Calendar
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.