GFNY is a personal endurance challenge where you compete against others, the clock and yourself.
At GFNY NYC, you take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain. It is also the GFNY Championship.
The 50-mile GFNY Bear on the same day is a non-competitive ride from NYC to Bear Mountain.
GFNY World events provide you that same challenge in locations around the world. Additionally, you get the chance to qualify for a front corral start at the GFNY Championship.
All GFNY events provide the following for you to BE A PRO FOR A DAY:
- mass start
- individual chip timing from start to finish with awards for all categories
- closed roads or police moderated traffic that ensures you don’t have to stop during the race
GFNY co-founder and President Lidia Fluhme is the creator of world’s most spectacular start line in cycling, George Washington Bridge. She did not accept ‘no’ as an answer back in 2010, no matter how often it was voiced. Without the start on GWB, GFNY would not exist. Ever since, Lidia is making sure that you get to ride on closed roads or with police moderated traffic.
The 7-time Ironman Hawaii finisher, NYU business school graduate and former Wall Street banker loves a really challenging granfondo, preferably in Italy. She has written a very helpful guide on How To Tackle A Gran Fondo.
GFNY co-founder and CEO Uli Fluhme is making sure that all GFNY events are true granfondos in the Italian tradition: you get to have the right of way at each intersection, will be timed start to finish and your result will be based on your time.
Uli is a former Wall Street attorney but it is his 20 years of granfondo racing that led to GFNY. He continues to race the toughest granfondos around the world, including all GFNY events. Some of his many visions and ideas make it into GFNY.
If he’s not working on growing GFNY or racing his bike, Uli is lobbying hard for antidoping. He’s a no holds barred voice since 2000 and was key to implement in- and out of competition testing at GFNY. You can discuss antidoping with him on Twitter @ulif.
If you ever emailed us, chances are you were helped by Teresa Rekas. Whether it’s your jersey size, team name, finding a hotel or how to get to the start, Teresa is there to help you have a smooth GFNY experience.
That said, Teresa is not only there for you but also a full time grandmother of the official GFNY mascot Max. It’s still a few years until we can upgrade Max from mascot to worker. Until then, she’s got her work cut out for her.
Maciej Narzewski is the master of all things logistics at GFNY. He’s overseeing a team of 50 guys on race day to make sure all roads are properly closed, the aid stations fully stocked and the finish area ready for you. Throughout the year, he’s building fun things like the huge GFNY letters and handling your shop purchases.
Maciej gets out into nature whenever he can, whether alone, with his family or his friends. No valley is too deep or mountain too high for his climbing, diving and mountain biking adventures. For Maciej, nothing compares to a quick three day trip to the Rockies.
Ellen Davis is the organizational force behind all the volunteers who come out to support you during the expo and the race. She also serves as the community connector creating supportive relationships between GFNY and the communities in which we ride.
Ellen is an Ironman finisher and nationally ranked triathlete. GFNY was Ellen’s first granfondo in 2012. All of the training she does serves her as an escape from her three teenagers.
Among other things, Miriam Bandholz is making sure that you receive the correct bib number. What seems like an easy task, is actually something that requires taking into account dozens of variables. As racers we know that having the right bib is very important for you.
In 2007, Miriam moved with her husband from Germany to NYC. With now three kids in tow, they enjoy the American Way of Life.
Alex Bruskin is the producer, director, and editor behind the official GFNY videos you’ve seen. His company, Sprocket Films, LLC has been working with GFNY from its very first start line, and he’s always looking for new ways to bring GFNY riders to life on the screen. But Alex isn’t just a filmmaker; he’s also an avid cyclist, competitive runner, and a black belt in kung fu. If you see him and his crew out on the course, give a wave – you just might make it into a video!
Alex designs the GFNY kit which makes you look so sharp at the race. He’s a graphic designer who grew up painting pictures and racing bikes; when he was accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design but failed to hear from the US National Team it was pretty clear which direction his life would take. Out of stubbornness, he kept riding anyway. As an adult he found a way to unite his passions: by designing cycling jerseys. If you live in New York City, you have probably seen his work on the backs of teams like FGX, SixCycle and siggi’s.
Nico Zoppo is the driving force behind GFNY Italia which was the first ever GFNY World event. When he’s not working on GFNY, he’s a helping hand in any way imaginable at other Italian races, whether as judge, lead car driver or co-organizer. He hails from the beautiful hills of Molise but calls Rome home.
Victoria Gonzales Castelan, Shaun Gad, Daniela Gad, Miguel Gonzales Castelan
Daniela and husband Shaun (center) as well as brother/sister duo Victoria and Miguel run the show at GFNY Cozumel. They make sure you race hard and party hard.
Lucie Hiegel and Nicolas Garcera
Lucie Hiegel and Nicolas Garcera are the founders of GFNY Mont Ventoux. You’ll hate them while climbing Mont Ventoux but you will love and adore them when you get to enjoy the most amazing finish in all of GFNY World: on top of Mont Ventoux.
Juan Carlos Martinez
“JC” is offering you the chance to race the highest granfondo in the world: GFNY Colombia. It’s highest climb, “La Cuchilla” tops out at 3,475m, a whopping 700m above the might Stelvio. Most of his time, JC is the CEO of CRM, a global Cargo Risk Management insurer. But just like all GFNY World organizers, he rides and races his bike around the globe whenever possible.
Delfina not only owns a women’s racing team and organizes the Tour de San Luis Feminin but also runs the show for you at GFNY Argentina. Watch out for the lead car because she’s a former race car driver!
Paul and his crew are bringing you the chance to race a GFNY in beer country: GFNY Deutschland! In his other life he is working as a veterinarian.
Tenne Permatasari and Axel Moeller
Tenne and Axel make your dreams of GFNY cycling in Asia come true: GFNY Indonesia is a true gem on the lesser known sister island of Bali called Lombok.
2010 Lidia and Uli Fluhme founded Gran Fondo New York.
2011 On May 8, the first Gran Fondo New York was held.
2014 On September 21, the first GFNY World event is held in Terracina, Italy. In November, GFNY Cozumel-Mexico follows.
2015 The first GFNY World series concludes with events in Cozumel, Puerto Rico, Barcelona and Bogota. The fifth Gran Fondo New York is also the first GFNY Championship.
2016 The GFNY World series contains events at Mont Ventoux/France, in Mexico City, Italy, Cozumel-Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany and Colombia.