All things GRAN FONDO & CAMPAGNOLO GRAN FONDO NEW YORK 2014
4 A warm welcome to the fourth annual international Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York! Thank you for making so many sacrifices to join us from all over the world at Campagnolo GFNY! Being athletes ourselves, we know how much dedication it takes to be ready for a challenge like this, which is why we’re doing our utmost to provide you with an unforgettable experience. We encourage you to challenge yourself and take full advantage of the police-moderated course and the energy of thousands of passionate cyclists riding alongside you. True character is not about just going through the motions, it’s about putting your heart into what you do and trying your very best. So go out there and make your family, friends—and most of all yourself—proud! Lidia and Uli Fluhme
Table of Contents
limar GFNY Italia
Should you ride a GF that features a doper?
how to roll at GFNY
Gran Fondo Super Prestige – The Courses
Riding in the rain
Haute Route – by cyclist magazine
Local Climb – Pico Veleta
Schedule at a glance
NYC Bike Expo
Bike Number, Wrist Band and Jersey Number
Getting to the Start
george washington bridge
Magazine Design: Blair Stelle; Cover: Alex Ostroy
R A LIM NY GF ALIA IT
ith limar GFNY Italia on September 21, 2014, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York is coming full circle back to the motherland. The GFNY team has partnered with Largo Sole Eventi, an experienced granfondo organizer and tour operator in central Italy, to bring the New York flavor to a granfondo in Italy. The event will be headquartered in Terracina, a small coastal town one hour south of Rome’s Fiumicino International airport.
A true Italian granfondo experience GFNY Italia gives Italians a chance to experience a bit of NYC style in their home country. Plus, every year after GFNY, our riders ask: What now? For years we tried to encourage cyclists to travel to Italy to ride a granfondo. Yet, logistical hurdles prevent
many from doing so. Booking a week-long trip with a foreign tour operator usually involves moderate cycling with long stops for heavy meals or bike touring combined with wine tastings. When you return home, you haven’t seen anything of true amateur cycling in Italy. Limar GFNY Italia, instead, works with the Italian tour operator Bike Divison that lives granfondo and will guarantee an authentic experience. Race director Nicolangiolo Zoppo says: “Limar GFNY Italia will be organized according to the quality standards of the best Italian granfondos. Participants will get a chance to ride from the sea to the mountains and back. During the week prior to the event, there will be organized group rides and organized excursions to historical and cultural sights as well as to local food and wine producers.” The course has it all Limar GFNY Italia’s route is that of a classic Italian granfondo that could happen any day of the year. And that’s exactly why we chose it to become a GFNY World event. The course isn’t too long and doesn’t have an insurmountable amount of climbing. Instead, its small, curvy roads make it highly entertaining and riders will no doubt approach it like they always do: “a tutta”, all out. More than ever, the Italian motto of GFNY “La corsa la fanno i corridori”, the racers make the race, is true for Limar GFNY Italia as well. The 80 mile/135 km “lungo” has 2,500m / 8,000 feet of climbing while the 60 mile/ 100 km “medio” distance has 1,800m / 5,000 feet of climbing. Both routes start and finish in Terracina, a town of 50,000 inhabitants, situated at the Tyrrhenian coast. Embedded in the Trofeo Centro d’Italia Limar GFNY Italia is part of the “Trofeo Centro d’Italia”, a series of 13 granfondos in central Italy, starting in March and finishing with Limar GFNY Italia. Hence, you won’t end up a riding granfondo in Italy among mostly foreigners. Quite the contrary, the event will be as Italian as it gets. Easy access to Rome airport Rome and its Fiumicino International airport is only an hour by car from Terracina, which makes Limar GFNY Italia easily
accessible, and also a perfect base to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Whether you plan a day trip or add on a few days, visiting Rome is a must-do. Summer without oppressing heat and crowds Mid September in Italy is perfect for cycling: no crowds after the summer season and comfortable temperatures. Daily highs average at 80F/25C while nighttime lows of 60F/15C are perfect sleeping temperatures. Rain is rare. Less humidity than during the peak summer months means a much smaller chance for storms. Register directly… Riders can either sign in directly on the event registration page. Typical for Italy: cycling and granfondos are a national pastime which means that public support allows for very low entry fees. In GFNY Italia’s case this means Euro 40 (approx. $50). And this includes a free Biemme race jersey for the first 500 people who register! OR through Bike Division Tour operator Bike Division from Ancona, Italy is organizing travel packages for riders from abroad. Not only are they bringing athletes to Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, Prudential Ride London, Gran Fondo Firenze De Rosa or Mallorca 312 but you get to ride with a real pro: Andrea Tonti is part of the team. He was a pro with teams like Quick Step and Saeco and now he manages an Italian continental pro team. Travel packages and offers are available on the event’s website or by emailing Nico at email@example.com. Uli Fluhme, CEO Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York
SHOULD YOU RIDE A GRAN FONDO THAT FEATURES A DOPER?
few months ago a blogger initiated a heated debate whether riders and sponsors should support Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo. Leipheimer is a convicted serial doper. I organize Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) so inherently a few people asked me about my opinion. First of all, I don’t think a doper should ever be allowed to compete again (and I’ve made this a GFNY race rule). But I do think that we as fans and everyone who works in and with pro cycling have an obligation to help dopers have a second chance in life. There are examples of busted dopers that ended with suicide because society treated them like child molesters. Two years ago, I sat at a table next to serial doper Riccardo Ricco for breakfast before a granfondo in Italy. It upset me that he was about to participate and it didn’t help that he was hanging out with an amateur team that was already clouded by allegations of doping. I confronted the organizer who is a friend of mine. He explained the situation: Ricco was allowed to ride alongside the race. If he would interfere in any way, they would make sure to get him to stop. They allowed this because Ricco, according to people close to him, was extremely depressed and the bike was the only thing he had and knew. To give him a little stability, the amateur team took him under their wings for training rides and granfondo outings. With Pantani’s death still fresh in any Italian’s mind, this seemed like a good idea. Helping a doper to get back on his feet in life in general may be an obvious task. But what about a doper organizing a granfondo or giving his name for one? Here, I don’t think the answer is as obvious. On one hand, you would have to assume that the doper would not have been a successful athlete and con-
sequently would not have made a name for himself without the cheating. Allowing him to continue using his name to make money sends the wrong signal: cheating is the way to go. On the other hand, what if it means that thousands of cyclists get to have a great race that otherwise wouldn’t exist? Consider the following: 1. Contrary to popular belief, having a pro rider at a granfondo is not helping much with registrations. We’ve seen this from our surveys and know of numerous examples of granfondos who had pros attend - and no one cared. E.g. Mario Cipollini’s first Gran Fondo had 300 riders despite extensive marketing. It almost ended as a one and done. 2. Also contrary to popular belief, granfondos are not “easy money”. Many of them make no money at all. Most granfondos showcase sponsors that give a few of their products or technical support or a discount - but no cash. Hence, almost always all income stems from entry fees. Subtract from these police and road closure fees and what looked like a money grabbing gig, becomes a tough job for passionate cyclists (e.g. GFNY spends $500,000 just for police and road closures). It’s safe to say that Leipheimer or Hincapie made more money in a month of cycling than their granfondos will ever pay them for a year of work on organizing. That does not mean that dopers should be able to hold their granfondos as if nothing happened. However, charitable donations are not the key here. That would be too easy and charitable fundraising is an essential part of any event anyway. Rather, dopers should use their granfondo as a chance to give back. Organizing a granfondo in itself means giving back to the cycling community. But it shouldn’t stop at that. The race should have proper
doping controls. And I’d love to see the dopers help and educate young riders to not go down that same ugly path. Leipheimer may have survived a high hematocrit from EPO abuse but quite a few young cyclists have not. They are dead. Teach young riders that in the long run, wins blur. It’s about trying and doing your best. And doing so in an ethical way, which allows you to look in the mirror with confidence and pride. No win on drugs will feel as good. Sponsors should continue supporting these events. But they need to make better use of the position they are in. E.g., they could force the organizer to
have doping controls or a youth education program. Riders should also continue supporting these events if they are worth participating in beyond the namesake. But riders should also make clear that they have a choice where to participate. Don’t let the dopers get off too easy. Ask the event director what he/ she does against doping. Support and help the event in their efforts. But also stay away from events that do nothing. And let them, the event sponsors, and your friends know your choice.
Uli Fluhme, CEO Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York
GFNY COZUMEL By Terry McDonald
hat happens when a tropical island and popular cycling travel destination combines its Latino culture and cuisine with the most successful and authentic granfondo brand in the United States? The birth of GFNY Cozumel, Mexico on November 23, 2014. The new event will feature Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s popular interpretation of classic Italian granfondos that allows cyclists to ride or race over difficult, scenic and traffic-free roads together with Cozumel’s beachside roads, challenging Caribbean winds and Mariachi fiesta atmosphere. Basically, the event is a result of the desire of Cozumel businessmen and cycling buddies Shaun Gad and Miguel Gonzalez to bring a large granfondo event to a location that is already a regional hotbed of road racing and host to several triathlons. All of which intersects with GFNY principals Lidia and Uli Fluhme’s objective to provide Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York participants “the opportunity to get their GFNY fix more than just once a year.”
GFNY + Cozumel yields unique experience Says GFNY Cozumel CEO Gad, “As a New York native, my heart has always been connected to NYC. I have been following Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York since their first event.” “I think a combination of the GFNY and our climate, terrain and atmosphere will yield a unique experience for cyclists looking to combine an early winter vacation with a challenging day on the bike, as well as for the growing numbers of racers and enthusiasts we have in Mexico and the Caribbean who have never experienced a granfondo,” says Gad. GFNY’s Uli Fluhme believes the new Cozumel event will be embraced by riders who participate in Campagnolo GFNY each May and then 12
look around for other events with the same quality and experience to fill out their season. “Partnering with Shaun in Cozumel gives us an event that we can recommend to our riders and to other cycling enthusiasts around the world,” says Fluhme. Adds Lidia Fluhme, “I did the inaugural Ironman Cozumel in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the island. Cozumel’s warm climate, crystal clear sea water and friendly people make it the ideal early winter getaway. It’s an honor for us to host a GFNY event there.” Riders must overcome wind and sun Cozumel is 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, located 12 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea, about 45 miles south of Cancun. The area is known as the Riviera Maya. Riders of GFNY Cozumel will be able to choose one of two distances: either one (Medio Fondo 50 miles) or two (Gran Fondo 100 miles) laps around the oceanside perimeter of the island, past the cruise ship piers and through the island’s tourism center and only town, San Miguel de Cozumel (population 77,000). Part of the course will include the island’s popular two-lane cyclepath that runs just a few feet from the sandy beaches. Although the course is dead flat, riders who assume the GFNY Cozumel course provides no challenges will be surprised by two obstacles -wind and sun. Both are constants in this tropical climate, but they can be especially punishing to unprepared endurance athletes. The Mayan Winds, which make Cozumel and the region a haven for wind surfers and sailors, will advantage riders who are proficient in riding in pacelines to combat head winds and echelons to shelter from side winds. Although the wind conditions on some days exceed 20 miles
per hour, mostly the winds are constant ocean breezes that will slowly sap the strength of riders over the 50 or 100-mile courses who do not work with and take shelter from their fellow riders. The sun will also punish unprepared riders. Temperatures moderated by the ocean breezes feel cooler than they actually are, but riders should not under-estimate the sun’s capacity to burn unprotected skin and to dehydrate hardworking athletes. Sunscreen, water and sport drinks, as well as other nutrition and snacks, will be readily available at the six aid stations. Direct daily flights from major cities Because Cozumel is a popular travel destination, it is served by direct flights from major U.S. cities. There are daily direct flights from Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver and other cities provided by an assortment of the largest airlines, such as United/Continental, U.S. Airways, Delta, American and Frontier. In addition, because of its proximity to Cancun, regional airlines have regular shuttles to Cozumel. Another option from Cancun is to take buses or taxis 40 miles south to Playa del Carmen and then a 30-minute ferry ride to Cozumel which leaves every hour. Cozumel’s International Airport is located just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown San Miguel and 20 minutes from the hotel zones. GFNY Cozumel has a group of host hotels that offer special rates and services to event participants. GFNY Cozumel also has a list of vacation rental properties, including some that are attractive to groups. Bringing cycling’s energy to ‘Paradise’ GFNY’s partner in GFNY Cozumel is Paradise Sports Management, a company formed by Gad and Gonzalez to organize and manage the event. Gad was born and raised in Queens and Long Island, NY and moved to Cozumel to seize a business opportunity with a Caribbeanwide company. Gonzalez was born and raised on Cozumel and is an
Ironman finisher and former professional soccer player. Says Gad, “ I’ve been riding bikes since I could walk, but I got into racing only when I got to Cozumel and saw how much fun the racing scene here is. Miguel is younger and fitter than me, but on a good day I can give him a run for his money.” “Great cycling events, such as Campagnolo GFNY, generate great energy for the athletes, fans, local businesses and sponsors,” says Gad. “That’s why Miguel and I have been so passionate about bringing a granfondo to our island. This really will be the first granfondo in Paradise.” Gad credits the local government officials on Cozumel for fast-tracking the necessary approvals for GFNY Cozumel. “Director of Tourism Juan E. Gonzalez Castelan really loved the idea and pushed from his side to get all the necessary approvals. It didn’t take long at all until everything was approved. “The government really supports all types of sporting events but it seems they feel cycling is the most important. Cozumel has many big sporting events throughout the year, the biggest ones being Ironman Cozumel, Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, ITU Triathlon World Cup, as well as Mr. Sancho’s Triathlon, sponsored by Mr. Sancho’s Cozumel Beach Club.” Ironman Cozumel is now one of the key races of the international Ironman circuit, attracting 3,000 athletes and their families from around the globe. GFNY Cozumel will be held one week before Ironman. GFNY Cozumel will be the second of the GFNY’s new GFNY WORLD series of events to be outside the U.S. in 2014. Limar GFNY Italia will be held on September 21 from Terracina, a small coastal town on Italy’s west coast approximately one hour south of Rome’s Fiumicino International airport. GFNY partner in the Italian event is Largo Sole Eventi, an experienced granfondo organizer and tour operator in central Italy.
Terry McDonald is Editor of CyclingWEST.com, a website for road cyclists that covers mass participation events such as granfondos and centuries.
How to ROLL at GFNY Having the right gear for a granfondo improves your experience. Clothing that is comfortable on your skin and body and that can withstand the elements is key, although some will argue that actually the most important factor is looking good. The Campagnolo GFNY gear fulfills all of these requirements, and more. We wear it year-round for racing granfondo and for training, so you can be sure that the official Campagnolo GFNY apparel has undergone thousands of miles of testing. Each piece doesn’t just have our seal of approval, it has our enthusiasm. You can purchase the Campagnolo GFNY gear at NYC Bike Expo or granfondony.com/shop. Bike
The GFNY Protos by De Rosa is the ideal bike for avid cyclists. It’s light so you don’t have to carry more than necessary up the climbs at a granfondo. But it’s also stiff for direct energy transfer and safe descending. Classic frame with no sloping, aero fork, big bottom bracket for stability and Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York design. 100% Made in Italy.
The GFNY Ultralight+ helmet by Limar is simply the best helmet in the world. It is super ventilated and extremely light without compromising comfort or safety. And it looks fast.
Saddle The 120-gram GFNY Aspide Carbon 2 by Italian manufacturer Selle San Marco is this year’s long-awaited newcomer in the superlight category. If you prefer a cut-out saddle, the GFNY Mantra is your best choice. And the GFNY Concor probably has more pro wins on its palmarès than any other saddle. 100% Made in Italy. Jersey The official 2014 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York jersey by Biemme features a race cut to avoid excess flapping fabric, full zip for maximum temperature control and smooth stitching. It’s made of CoolMax, the same light and breathable material that the pros use. Add to that two extra side pockets for your trash – they’re handy and eco. 100% Made in Italy. Bib Shorts This gem matches the official 2014 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York race jersey by Biemme. It features the new FX 13 Padding, which is made of a unique perforated system that allows heat and humidity to pass through while offering exceptional shock absorption. Women’s shorts have the FX 13 Full Gel Padding. 100% Made in Italy.
Cover Socks These classic Belgian-style cover socks might be the most underrated cycling accessory. Just cut holes for the cleats and heel pads and wear them over your cycling shoes to keep your feet warm in chilly spring or fall weather. It’s the perfect transition from your winter shoe covers to summer’s sock-only cycling and more comfortable than wearing 2 pairs of socks. To maintain longevity of your cover socks, we advise you to follow these three steps: 1. To cut the holes correctly, first put on your cycling shoes, then put on the cover socks and only cut the area where you feel the cleat and heel pad. Start cutting in the center of the cleat because a few eyelets will give way near the cut point anyway. Same will happen at the heel pad, so make only a small incision at the heel pad. The incision at the cleat should be big enough to pull the fabric around the outside of the cleat for unobstructed clipping into your pedal. 2. Avoid velcro or sharp edges on your cycling shoes by lifting the cover socks over the velcro when you put on / take off your cover socks. The velcro and sharp edges will pull the thread and make small tears in the cover socks. 3. Unlike your normal socks that touch your skin, cover socks aren’t exposed to your sweat directly. So unless you find yourself riding in wet or dusty conditions, you don’t need to wash your cover socks after every ride. Washing every 2-5 rides is recommended. Long finger gloves “Terracina” These gloves don’t just keep your hands warm but also provide a safe grip thanks to the GF shields on the inside of the hand. Plus, the gray -threaded fingertips allow for smartphone use without taking off the gloves.
New for 2014, Gran Fondo Super Prestige (GFSP) is a calendar of the premier and true competitive long distance cycling events in North America. It was established by GFNY Magazine to provide riders a new challenge. The Challenge Complete the longest distance course at three GFSP events to obtain Gran Fondo Super Prestige status for 2014. Women can complete the second-longest course at three Gran Fondo Super Prestige events to qualify for Gran Fondo Super Prestige Finisher status. The achievement will be recognized with a GFSP badge sticker as well as lifetime bragging rights. GFSP Finishers will be named in the GFNY Magazine winter issue. In this issue, we will have a closer look at the course characteristics of the events.
CAMPAGNOLO GRAN FONDO NEW YORK May 18, 2014 (4th annual) 100 miles/160 kilometers || 8,000 feet/2,500 meters Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s course is that of a classic spring granfondo. The highest peak is Bear Mountain which classifies as a category 2 climb. But the course features no less than seven category 4 and another three category 5 climbs. GFNY’s pro race cousin would be Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the world’s oldest race through the Belgian Ardennes. It favors the complete athlete that the Italians call “passista scalatore”: a rider who is a good climber but also able to ride a high pace on the flats and who is able to either power up short climbs or forcefully attack on the flat to cause the race deciding selection. Coming off George Washington Bridge, the race slightly climbs into Fort Lee before it hits Palisades Park whose undulating characteristic sets the tone of the day. While it may be tempting to try to find a rhythm early, it’s wise to hang on to one of the packs that form early. The road surface in the Park will provide the extra Classics feeling. “Alpine Hill” gets the peloton out of the park at mile 9. It may be worth to spend a little extra energy there to stay with the group. Once up on Route 9W the course levels out and then descends towards Piermont: time to breathe and save some energy drafting in the group. If you find yourself alone there, it may be well worth to roll along easy until the next group catches you. Use the Piermont aid station at mile 17 only if you 16
know you will be out there all day and already have to refuel. Otherwise don’t waste time and fuel with the nutrition you brought along. The route from Piermont to Nyack is flat which allows you to drink and eat while riding. Stay alert through Nyack. There is a right-left corner combination on a short descent with rough surface. Shortly thereafter the course turns left up 4th Avenue. While the rise is short, it’s quite abrupt. Most riders will need the small chainring and putting it on before the turn might be wise. The climb out of Nyack, onto 9W and then further up mounts to a 4th category climb. It’s here where the lead group loses more riders each year. Some are able to come back on the descent towards and along Rockland Lake. Fit riders should also skip the Haverstraw aid station at mile 30, especially when riding in a group at that point. Two water bottles and a PowerBar plus a few PowerGels are sufficient until the top of Bear Mountain. Two miles before the climb up Bear Mountain starts, a one mile climb averaging 7% is setting the tone for what’s to come. If you get dropped from your group here, find a sustainable rhythm that gets you in the right mental state for Bear Mountain. Bear Mountain at mile 40 is the climb that truly separates the cream of the crop. With its 4 miles at a 6% aver-
age, Bear Mountain is not the Galibier but it pays to keep your effort steady. Almost everyone will have to briefly stop to refuel at the top. Have a quick look all the way to NYC and descend where you just climbed up. It’s an easy descent that will allow you to watch riders on the other side of the road behind you climb. There is no need at all to push it on this descent. Groups will form inevitably once back on 9W. At mile 54, the route veers off 9W onto Mott Farm Road. It kicks up sharply and continues with lots of rollers that make it hard to get into a rhythm. Stay strong through this section and get ready for Colle Andrea Pinarello which follows after the descent onto Gate Hill Road at mile 58. It’s a deceiving two-mile climb that has a mellow start but often has a nagging headwind. Once you cross the Parkway, things get more and more serious. Stay conservative until at least mile 60. If you take it too aggressively at the bottom, things will get rough. Next up at mile 62.5 awaits Colle Formaggio. When you see a short but steep wall ahead of you, breathe through and kick it up. The remainder of the 1.5-mile climb is more manageable. Whoever is with you there, might be your companion for quite a few more miles to come - unless he stops at the Provident Bank Park Stadium aid station at mile 67. Miles 69 through 86 should serve you to refuel on the bike and prepping yourself for the energy sapping final miles. West Nyack at mile 80 offers yet another aid station. As always: skip it if you can and feed from your bottles and pockets to keep the legs turning.
At mile 86, you’re back on Route 9W. There, the course mirrors the initial morning outbound miles. You might remember the nice 3-mile flat to descending road that now turns onto you in the form of a little flat and more climbing. The incline is not surpassing 7% but it may well feel like double digits so late in the race. The remaining seven miles through Palisades finish GFNY like it started: relentlessly undulating – like a true spring classic. The finish stretch is on a quarter mile 6% uphill. If you’re not on your own by then, be patient and sit on the wheel as long as possible before passing for the finish dive.
PROSPERA AXEL MERCKX GRANFONDO OKANAGAN July 14, 2014 (4th annual) Penticton, B.C. 100 miles/160 kilometers || 3,600 feet/1,100 meters The Prospera GranFondo Axel Merckx starts on the main street of Penticton, a resort community bounded by two lakes and hundreds of vineyards. Riders expecting to ease into the ride will get quite a shock: The action begins immediately as the more than 2,000 riders in the Granfondo, Medio and Piccolo distances start together and must navigate a 90-degree corner, a one-lane traffic circle and a two-kilometer hill with a 10% grade that has riders spread across the road. Riders then descend back to the valley bottom and onto a highway that follows the shore of Okanagan Lake for 15 kilometers/9.4 miles to the community of Summerland. Groups of 100 or more riders are common along this stretch and if you keep your nose out of the wind, you’ll be pulled along at speeds you couldn’t approach by yourself. Just when you are feeling smug about how fast and easy things are going, the course makes a sharp left up Peach
Orchard Hill, a 2.5-km/1.5-mile 7% wall that is contested as the event’s King of the Mountain competition. A short tour of Summerland, then a tricky descent back down to the highway for the return ride along the lake back to Penticton. Strong riders will swap turns at the front and other riders will be thankful for the pull. Once back in Penticton, the course embarks on its biggest loop of the day. The Granfondo riders have almost 120 kms/75 miles to go, while the Medio and Piccolo riders have 50 kms/31 miles and 13 kms/8 miles respectively. The two big remaining tests for Granfondo riders are MacLean Creek Hill, a 6-km/3.75-mile section that begins at 57 kms/35.6 miles, and then the grandaddy of the course -- Willowbrook Road that begins at 110 kms/69 miles and climbs 400 meters/1,300 feet to the 135-km/84-mile point, including several pitches exceeding 7% with the scorching Okanagan Valley sun on your back. Then begins the long and scenic descent back to Penticton and the finish back at Okanagan Lake. This is no time to relax. The finishing stretch down Main Street is slightly downhill which makes for an exhilarating last burst, but the road is also more than slightly bumpy. Two firm hands on your bars and a watchful eye for pavement glitches are advised. 17
RBC GRANFONDO BANFF August 23, 2014 (3rd annual) Banff, Alberta 89 miles/142 kilometers || 4,100 feet/1,250 meters RBC GranFondo Banff starts on the southern edge of downtown Banff encircled with mountains, including Mount Rundle, one of the iconic Banff National Park peaks. Even on a bright summer morning in The Rockies, you’ll be happy for arm warmers and/or wind vest until the sun rises above the mountains. The group splits up quickly with a 10-kilometer/6.25mile section up Tunnel Mountain Road that features three steep pitches and descents, each with a grade of more than 8%. Then back to the Bow River Valley and the 7-km/ 4.4-mile climb up to Lake Minnewanka (some pitches exceeding 7%), then returning back to the Valley bottom and through the Banff townsite at the 33-km/21-mile point. Don’t be surprised to find a small herd of resident Bighorn sheep temporarily occupying Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive on your ride up or down or both. Now begins the roller coaster, including three climbs with pitches of 9%, up the Bow Valley Parkway to the Lake Louise turnaround. The elevation of the turnaround is only 300 meters/ 1,000 feet higher than the
Banff townsite, but the many climbs and dips over these 50 kms/31 miles are a serious drain on the legs. This scenery along this stretch of the course can also be a serious drain on your concentration. If you want to drink in the view, you would be wise to pull off and do so, rather than trying to sightsee while riding in a group. Among the most imposing and famous peaks is Castle Mountain, half way between Banff and Lake Louise. It was named in 1858 for its castle-like appearance, but from 1946 to 1979 it was known as Mount Eisenhower in honor of WWII General and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It reverted to Castle Mountain in 1980. Expect to encounter a headwind on the ride north and west to Lake Louise and a tailwind for the return, meaning that cooperating in a paceline will get you to Lake Louise and back much faster than you can manage on your own. The finish is back on the southern fringe of downtown Banff on a small road through a spruce and fir forest, only a couple of blocks from where you started.
RBC GRANFONDO WHISTLER September 6, 2014 (5th annual) Vancouver, B.C. 76 miles/122 kilometers | 5,600 feet/1,700 meters RBC GranFondo Whistler begins at daybreak with a 6-kilometer/3.75-mile neutralized section -- from the skyscraper canyon of downtown Vancouver, through the dark forest of Stanley Park and across Lions Gate Bridge, the iconic span over the entrance of the Vancouver harbour -- that leaves riders at the foot of the Coastal Mountains. Here, abruptly and painfully, the neutral flag is dropped and the day’s effort begins up a 1-km/0.6-mile 10% climb to the Sea to Sky Highway. First to reach the highway are the 500 riders who have signed up for the 152-km/95-mile Forte distance that detours off the highway at the 12-km/7.5-mile point and climbs up 11 kms/ 6.8 miles and 750 vertical meters/ 2,500 feet to the Cypress Ski Area, then descends back to the bottom. When they return to the highway, the Forte riders will merge with the leading edge of the more than 4,000 riders in the 122-km/76-mile Granfondo distance. The Forte and Granfondo riders then press on together for the remaining 110-km/69-mile ride north to the finish in Whistler. The next 40 kms/25 miles are comprised of more than a dozen rollers, several of which have pitches exceeding 7%, that track several hundred feet above the ocean with spectacular views of Howe Sound and the
surrounding mountains. These 40 kms/25 miles tend to splinter large groups of riders into many small groups. At Squamish, 70 km/44 miles from Whistler, the course undergoes a change in character. This is where the Medio distance riders merge with the Forte and Granfondo riders. This is also where the course leaves the coast and begins a steady grind up 650 meters/2,100 feet of elevation gain which only relents and dips down into Whistler two kms/1.25 miles from the finish. The last km winds through Whistler with thousands of spectators cheering behind the barricades. Suddenly, riders who thought they were on the rivet find new strength for a final sprint to the line. 19
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Limar GFNY ITALIA September 21, 2014 (inaugural) 85 miles/136 kilometers | 8,000 feet/2,400 meters While Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York’s course may be that of a classic spring granfondo, Limar GFNY Italia’s route is a classic Italian granfondo that could happen any day of the year. The course isn’t too long and doesn’t have an insurmountable amount of climbing. Instead, its small, curvy roads make it highly entertaining and riders will no doubt approach it like they always do: “a tutta”, all out. For an Italian, racing a bike is an expression of living life with your emotions hanging out. Meticulously calculated efforts may bring more consistent results but are considered dull achievements of lesser value. What’s a bike race worth if you have to hold back the urge for a bold and ridiculous attack to save energy for a possible win later? The roll out of the blocks in Terracina is entirely flat, first along the beach in town and after that on Via Flacca towards the Aurunci Mountains. The small town of Sperlonga at mile 14 will put an end to easy cruising in the flying peloton. The three-mile long “Panoramica” is one of the most beautiful climbs in the world with absolutely breathtaking views over the sea. Most likely your breath will be taken away though also by the speed with which riders around you tackle the climb. Don’t expect to get off the big ring if you want to place well because the incline averages just above 4%. The “Panoramica” of Sperlonga is a famous winter training camp destination for generations of Italian pro cyclists.
The 3-mile descent into Itri at mile 22 is interrupted by a moderate two mile counter-climb. Just outside of Itri the day’s main climb awaits: Madonna della Civita. It’s a steady 5-mile climb during which the course gains 1,300 feet/450 meters. The 5% average incline will break remaining groups up even more. Towards the top it’s time to look around for company for the road ahead because the following 30 miles are mildly descending or flat apart from a few rollers. Hence, having some company to draft off is highly valuable. Miles 57 to 68 of the course are up Vallecorsa. The climb is long but never strenuous for its incline, which means that the stronger riders will spend a lot of time in the big ring trading leads. A well working group will pick up riders who climbed well earlier but are either left alone at this point or spent too much energy to get where they are. The 6-mile descent through Lenola provides no difficulty and is a good moment to refuel for the final stretch. Anyone you haven’t dropped at this point will most likely be with you until the finish. Miles 74 to the finish line at mile 85 are more or less flat. 2300 year-old road Appia will lead you into Terracina. Expect a headwind coming from the sea. Make sure you contribute to keeping the group rolling to not let others catch up to you. Time to bear the fruits of earlier efforts! But don’t be too eager and leave some punch in the legs for the sprint along the beach road in Terracina.
GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE October 26, 2014 (3rd annual) 80 miles/128 kilometers | 8,200 feet / 2,600 meters Gran Fondo Hincapie starts and finishes on a quiet road in rural South Carolina, on the grounds of Hotel Domestique, a sprawling new hotel and restaurant built by Rich and George Hincapie, 24 kms/15 miles north of Greenville. The route includes many of the challenging roads of the Blue Ridge Foothills -- adorned at this time of the year by the brilliant fall foliage -- that George has ridden as training for the world’s toughest professional races. The gran fondo (128 kms/80 miles), medio fondo (80 kms/50 miles) and piccolo fondo (24 kms/15 miles) have a common start and finish but follow different loops over the backroads of South and North Carolina that are either climbing or descending the entire way. The three groups hang together for 10 kms/6 miles, where the piccolo riders turn west on Old State Highway 11. At the 12-km/7.5-mile point, the piccolo riders tackle the major climb of their day, the southeast side of Callaghan Mountain Road, a 2-km/1.25-mile stretch with several pitches over 10%. At 21.5 kms/13 miles, riders begin their steady climb up to the finish at Hotel Domestique. Medio and Gran riders continue east on Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway and cross into North Carolina at the 31-km/20mile point. Medio riders swing north and west on Highway
176 at 33 kms/20.6 miles, while the gran riders continue north on Highway 108. Shortly after swinging northwest, medio riders encounter a 13-km/8-mile slog that gains 420 meters/1,400 feet of elevation with short pitches over 10%, including Saluda Grade, a steady 6.4-km/4-mile grind at an average of about 5%. At 64 kms/40 miles is a 2-km/1.25-mile climb with one 9% pitch up the northwest side of Callaghan Mountain Road, then a series of short climbs and descents until the final 1.5-km/1-mile climb to the finish. For gran riders, the major climb of the day begins at 38 kms/24 miles just after leaving the medio riders and turning north onto Skyula Mountain Road. This climb gains 553 meters/1,800 feet of elevation over 6.4 kms/4 miles averaging about 9% and includes a 2-km/1.25-mile stretch with pitches exceeding 11%. At 60 kms/37.5 miles, gran riders encounter Howard Gap, 251 meters/800 feet of climbing over 2.2 kms/1.5 miles with an average of 11%. Then, at 100 kms/62 miles, the third major obstacle of the day -- Green River Cove, a 3.9-km/2.5-mile stretch of road that climbs 296 meters/1,000 feet at an average of 8% and has a 2-km/1.25-mile wall exceeding 10%. After all that, the gran riders still need to climb the final 1.5 kms/1 mile to the Hotel Domestique. 21
GFNY COZUMEL November 23, 2014 (inaugural) 100 miles /160 kilometers | no elevation but wind GFNY Cozumel starts and finishes beside the city hall of San Miguel de Cozumel, a short distance from the Caribbean seaside promenade and the cruise ship piers on this tropical island on the Riviera Maya. The course follows the perimeter of the island on closed roads that include a newly paved two-lane seaside cycling path, and two out-and-back side trips to the islandâ€™s major golf course and its airport. At several places around the course, spectators, musicians, the largest Mexican flag in the country and even a formal salute from the Mexican military add to the festive atmosphere of the event. The granfondo distance is two laps (160 kms/100 miles) and the mediofondo is one lap (80 kms/50 miles). This event brings challenges that are unique to the sport of granfondo and are no less daunting than the steep climbs and tricky descents of some other granfondo events. Although the course is flat, riders will need to overcome the relentless tropical sun and the constant Caribbean trade winds to be successful in this event. The power of the sun can be disguised by the cooling sea breezes, but will, nevertheless, require riders to apply sun screen generously and to hydrate almost constantly. Aid stations are dotted around the course with everything riders will need. The Mayan Winds, which make Cozumel popular with sailors and sail boarders, will be best conquered by riders who are proficient in paceline and echelon drafting. While terrain in many granfondos favors climbers and lighter riders at the expense of heavier riders, strong and sturdy rouleurs will prosper here and will find their rear wheels popular ground for the sparrows. From the start, riders will turn south and follow Avenida General Rafael E. Melgar along the seaside boulevard, past the resort hotels, anchored yachts and cruise ship piers. As the road begins to turn gradually to the southeast away from the seaside and across the island, riders
will begin to encounter a headwind that increases in strength -- depending on the day. This is where riders will really appreciate the shelter of the rider(s) ahead in the paceline. If you are riding along this stretch by yourself, you may consider spinning easily until a group catches you and provides some shelter. At the 27-km/17-mile point (Lap 1) and 110-km/69mile point (Lap 2) the course swings north along the beaches of the islandâ€™s southeast shore. Here riders may -- again, depending on the day -- get up close and personal with the side winds from the right. Riders will instinctively position themselves diagonally across the road in echelons and will take turns fighting the brunt
of the wind on the right, then drifting back and left while other riders take their turns in the wind. At about 48-kms/30 miles (Lap 1) and 130-kms/81 miles (Lap 2), the course swings left away from the beach and heads northwest across the island to San Miguel with riders feeling supercharged by the wind at their backs. Then there are two short out-and-back side trips, the first to the Cozumel International Airport and the second to the Cozumel Country Club. From the country club south to the finish line in San Miguel is only 5 kms/3 miles.
RIDING IN the RAIN RIDERS IN THE 2013 CAMPAGNOLO GFNY HAD TO DEAL WITH RAINA LOT OF IT. THEY SHARE THEIR TIPS AND SECRETS ON HOW THEY MANAGED TO GET THROUGH THE 100 WET MILES.
“Plan to brake earlier before turns than in dry weather.” Ramon Thompson
“Relax, and don’t fight the bike. Go with the flow. If all else fails, envision Sean Kelly riding Paris-Roubaix.” Rich Miles
“Enjoy the ride. You could be stuck in a car.” Jason Miller “Just ride. Fuck the rain.” Stefan Trocha 24
“Never stop pedaling.” German Ospina “Apply Vaseline, it will help you stay warm and the water will roll off. Kitchen rubber gloves over your gloves; grocery plastic bags between your shoes and socks; a garbage bag with hole cut for your head acts as rain jacket - all easy to carry and easy to discard.” Diane Goodwin
“I started and finished the 2013 GFNY wearing a simple white garbage bag.” Renato Castilho
“Just keep saying the rain is my friend, the rain is my friend.” Jerry Scheer “Keep your mouth closed when drafting.” Hall Hitzig
“Ride between the raindrops to stay dry.” Bruce Armenante “Stay off the painted lines on the road.” Avi Lerner “Use Selle San Marco’s Ass Saver fender.” Junko Iwazaki “Deflate the tires a little bit.” Al Santos “GFNY cover socks and headgear.” Wade Stevens 25
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Schedule at a Glance
pRE-race expo Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York Pre-Race Headquarters NYC Bike Expo 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th/26th Streets)
Friday May 16 11am-8pm
NYC Bike Expo
Campagnolo GFNY race packet pickup
Appearances by Stephen Roche, Nelson Vails and GFNY Podium Girls
12pm-12:30pm Campagnolo GFNY press conference
Saturday May 17 11am-6pm
NYC Bike Expo
Campagnolo GFNY race packet pickup
Appearances by Nelson Vails and GFNY Podium Girls
RACE DAY Sunday May 18 5am Opening of start area on lower level of George Washington Bridge (civil twilight 5:02am, sunrise 5:34am) 6:15am Closing of start area on lower level of George Washington Bridge 7am
Start of Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York and GFNY BEAR
11am Start of festivities at the finish area in Ross Dock, Palisades Interstate Park 11am-2pm
Return transport from Bear Mountain for GFNY Bear riders arrives in Fort Lee
Appearances by Stephen Roche and Nelson Vails in Ross Dock, Palisades Interstate Park
Start of awards ceremonies at the finish area in Ross Dock, Palisades Interstate Park
End of festivities
Packet Pickup & NYC Bike Expo NYC Bike Expo is the locationâ€¨for race number, timing chip, wristband, jersey and goodie bag pickup. Advance pickup of your race materials is mandatory. Packet pickup can only be done in person. Please note that there is no registration or packet pickup on race day. Your friends and family can join you at the expo. The expo is free admission and open to the public. www.nycbikeexpo.com
Getting your race packet Your materials are organized by your race number. At the entrance, check the board for your assigned number. Next, sign the Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York waiver. In return for the signed waiver you get your registration materials and the wristband that allows you access onto the course and also serves as your meal ticket. After that, you can proceed to pick up your registration materials. You will receive your bike number plate (with attached timing chip), a jersey bib number, your jersey in the size you ordered, your GFNY cycling gloves and cover socks, a bottle of GFNY wine by T. Edward Wines, your Elite bike bottle, the race poster and this GFNY magazine in print. If the jersey you ordered doesnâ€™t fit you, the jersey exchange booth carries a few spare jerseys. The jerseys are supposed to fit tight. For packet pickup there is no need to bring a printed confirmation. Simply bring a passport or driver license or another government-issued photo ID for identification purposes. Finally, sign in on the pro-style sign-in wall.
NYC Bike Expo NYC Bike Expo brings two days of all things road cycling to NYC. Over 50 vendors showcase, sample and sell their products and services. Vendors include: Campagnolo, Lexus, PowerBar, Piemonte, Biemme, De Rosa, Elite, The Stick, Vitamix, Discover Ventoux, Moo Motion, Mavic, Vespa, GFNY Cozumel, GFNY Puerto Rico, GFNY Colombia, Stephen Roche Training Camps and more. Check out www.nycbikeexpo.com for more information. Admission is free and open to the public.
packet pickup hours Friday, May 16: 11am-8pm Saturday, May 17: 11am-8pm
nyc bike expo hours Friday, May 16: 11am-8pm Saturday, May 17: 11am-6pm
GETTING THERE NYC Bike Expo is situated in the heart of Manhattan. It has convenient access to public transportation (trains, subways and buses). Bike Free, secure bike parking on-site. Bring your bike through the main doors at the Lexington Avenue entrance. You will be able to check your bike in with security staff. Subway 6 train to 23rd Street N, R trains to 23rd Street
Parking Champion parking 111 E 24th ST, 212.529.2400 charles parking 200 E 26th ST, 212.684.9704 MMP Parking 150 E 24th St, 212.228.5930
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timesheet LANDMARKS START George Washington Bridge Heny Hudson Drive NJ-NY Stateline Piermont Aid Station 1 Nyack Rockland Lake Haverstraw Aid Station 2 Stony Point Start Climb Montagna dellâ€™Orso Finish Climb Bear Mountain - Aid Station 3 Finish GFNY Bear Mott Farm Road Start climb Colle Andrea Pinarello Finish climb Start climb Colle Formaggio Finish climb Pomona Aid Station 4 South Mountain Road Strawtown Road West Nyack Aid Station 5 Sparkill Henry Hudson Drive Fort Lee Timing Finish FINISH ROSS DOCK
Distance KM Miles
4 23 27
2.5 14 17
7:05 7:35 7:40
7:10 7:40 7:45
7:10 7:55 8:10
7:15 8:20 8:40
31 38.5 48
19 24 30
7:45 7:55 8:10
7:55 8:15 8:30
8:20 8:40 9:00
8:50 9:25 10:00
51 64 71 71
32 40 44 44
8:15 8:40 8:55 8:55
8:35 9:00 9:25 9:25
9:05 9:40 10:10 10:10
10:10 11:00 11:40 11:40
87 95 98 100 103 109
54 59 61 62 64 68
9:10 9:20 9:25 9:30 9:35 9:45
9:45 10:00 10:05 10:10 10:15 10:25
10:40 11:00 11:10 11:15 11:20 11:30
12:30 1:00 1:10 1:15 1:30 1:50
113 120 129
70 75 80
9:50 10:00 10:10
10:30 10:40 11:00
11:40 12:00 12:20
2:00 2:30 3:00
137 145 158
85 90 98
10:20 10:45 11:00
11:15 11:30 12:00
12:40 1:00 1:40
3:30 4:00 5:00
IMPORTANT EMERGENCIES If you are involved in or witness a bike crash or other emergency, DIAL 911. Based on the cell phone tower you are closest to, you will be routed to the closest EMS dispatch center. The dispatch center will ask for the emergency and your location and will route your call accordingly. All local EMS services are on the course and can react at a moment’s notice. ROAD CONDITIONS The course features fast downhill sections. There are certain descents that are steep, winding and on rough roads. They require technical bike handling proficiency to navigate safely. Stay in your lane, and as far to the right as safely possible. It is your responsibility to know the course that you are riding, and to ride within your skill and fitness abilities. Please be particularly cautious on River Road at the beginning of the race (mile 2 to 9). The road surface is partly in bad condition. Use your brain and brakes!
at each side for your PowerBar and PowerGel wrappers. There are five ECO-ZONES along the course with large trash cans for disposal on the fly. 2. You must utilize the designated toilets. Do not pollute private or public land. Polluting leads to disqualification. 3. Be courteous to GFNY staff, volunteers, spectators and other competitors. Being disrespectful, offensive or abusive will lead to disqualification. 4. Ride on the route marked by GFNY. We have several check points along the route to verify that all participants are competing the designated course. Cutting the course or taking alternate routes leads to disqualification. 5. Do not accept outside assistance from bandits or unauthorized/private vehicles. 6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. The assisting rider may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. Help others, you may need help one day.
DISQUALIFICATION The full event rules are covered later in this magazine and on the GFNY website. Please familiarize yourself with the complete GFNY rules. Here are six of the more important points: 1. Littering is strictly prohibited. Any participant seen throwing garbage on the road will be disqualified. Do not pollute the environment. Your GFNY jersey has a pocket
AID STATIONS The Gran Fondo course will have five aid stations at miles 17, 30, 45, 68, 80 and the GFNY BEAR course will have three at miles 17, 30 and the finish. The stations have a combination of all or some of the following: • PowerBars, PowerGels • Bagels with peanut butter and jelly
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Bananas PowerBar Perform electrolyte and calorie drink Coca Cola Water There is no “feeding on the fly”. Use your GFNY ELITE bottles to refill. GFNY is an eco-friendly event. We do not provide cups or bottles. MECHANICAL SUPPORT Bring two spare tubes, tire levers and a pump with you to be self-sufficient in case you get a flat. Also bring cash with you to be able to purchase any equipment (tubes, air cartridges, tires, chain, etc) if you have any larger mechanical problems on race day. You should know how to change a flat and have spare tubes and a means to fill a tube with air. CAMPAGNOLO mechanics will be at the start area in case you need assistance with a mechanical problem on race morning. CAMPAGNOLO is offering the rolling mechanical support along the GFNY route. If you need help, one of the cars or motorbikes will be out on the course. Wait on the side of the road and wave to a mechanic car or motorbike to get their attention when they drive by. CUTOFF There is one cutoff on the course. Since we have the road closure and exclusive use of Bear Mountain until 12pm, riders who reach the cut off after 11am, will be routed on the Campagnolo GFNY return/southbound route. SPECTATORS We recommend that spectators travel as little as necessary to see the cyclists. Many roads will be closed or will have moderated traffic, causing congestion. More cars will add to the vehicular congestion on the course. If you are in NYC, come to the post-race party at Ross Dock in Palisades Interstate Park, NJ. A bus shuttle will be available for spectators 1) for purchase between the finish and midtown Manhattan at Sheraton Hotel on 53rd Street and 7th Avenue. Total travel time from midtown to the finish will be approx. 45mins., depending on traffic. 2) for free continuously from noon to 7pm between the finish and parking in Fort Lee, NJ. Bikes can not be brought on the bus. Get ready to make some noise! GFNY is handing out 20,000 pairs of noisemakers to the GFNY fans along the route. Pick up your pair at your deli, coffee shop, grocery store and local bike shop in the week before GFNY. Or stop by NYC BIKE EXPO on Friday 5/16 or Saturday 5/17 at 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue at 26th Street in NYC. 49
BIKE NUMBER, WRISTBAND AND JERSEY NUMBER The bib number must be attached horizontally on the back pockets with safety pins. You are free to choose which pockets you place it on. Usually, you would use the pockets on the non-dominant side of your body, e.g., a right-handed person would put his number on the left and center pockets. You will receive your race wristband at the expo. Upon providing your signed waiver, the wristband will be attached to your wrist until the end of the event. You are not permitted to remove the wristband until after the event. The wristband identifies you as an official participant to police and event crews along the course. It also identifies you as the owner of your checked bike and bag at the finish area. Any wristbands that have been tampered with will be considered void. The two numbered stickers in your race packet are for your bike and your checked bag. Put the bike sticker somewhere safe on your bike, this sticker will allow you to utilize the secure bike parking at the finish. Attach the bag check number to the bag that you would like to check in on race morning, the bag will be waiting for you at the
finish. You might want to put a pair of flip flops or old sneakers in your check-in bag. Bags not picked up by 7pm on race day will be discarded. You should put the course profile sticker on your bikeâ€™s top tube by the handle bars. It will provide you with easy reference as to where you are on the course, what is still to come and the upcoming aid stations. Your bike number is also your timing device. In the back of each number there are two timing chips glued on. In the picture you can see how you should attach your bike number to your bike. The timing chips will only work if you put the number at the front of your bike. The bike numbers cannot be modified or cut, otherwise the timing chips may get damaged and you will not be timed. Please do not bend the number! This will also damage the timing chips and you will not be timed. You must wear the official GFNY jersey, bike plate, wristband and bib number on May 18. Without these four pieces, you will not be able to access the GFNY start, course, aid stations or the finish. â—?
Categories Winners of age groups, team, him&her teams and overall receive the Champions Jersey.
Individual competition The age groups are: 18-39 male/female 40-44 m/f 45-49 m/f 50-54 m/f 55-59 m/f 60-64 m/f 65+ f 65-69 m 70-74 m 75+ m Every finisher receives a Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York finisher medal. Team competition
Him&Her Category â€¨ A female and male rider of the same Him & Her team have to cross the finish line within thirty seconds of each other. Because itâ€™s tough to find two riders of the same ability and fitness, pushing, pulling, dragging, encouraging, shouting and any other means of working together is allowed. No devices to push or drag are allowed. The Him+Her team competition consists of two age categories: sub-90 and 90+ years old combined. Members of a Him+Her team are not eligible for individual age group prizes because rider assistance between the team members in this category is permitted and encouraged.
Individuals can register as members of a team to take part in the GFNY Team Competition. The four fastest times from a team will be added and ranked to determine the fastest team. The podium 4-person teams will be awarded prizes. If a team has 8, 12, 16, etc members, the team will get letters A, B, C, D, etc added to the team name to denote the next 4 team members placing in the rankings. All members of a cycling team who are competing in the Team Competition are eligible for individual age group prizes. 53
1. Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York (“GFNY”) is a bike ride where riders are individually timed. 2. Entry 2.1. The entry to GFNY is open to riders aged 18 or older. Registration is done online at www.granfondony.com. Online entry closes at 7,000 riders or on May 12, whichever comes first. After that, any available entries will be sold at NYC Bike Expo on May 16 and 17. GFNY has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates. 2.2. Riders who have been banned by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. 2.3. Cyclists who held a professional license (UCI) within the last five years can join the ride but are not allowed to compete. If such cyclist joins the ride, he/she has to stay out of the way of competing riders. 2.4. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event. 2.5. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. GFNY may offer additional insurance at its sole discretion. 2.6. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable. No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification. 2.7. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, deny entry, revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the event. 3. Equipment 3.1. Bike: any technically serviceable roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted for safety reasons: prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seat54
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ing (except for challenged athletes), penny farthings or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event. 3.2. Triathlon handlebars are permitted IF the rider keeps both hands at the brake levers while riding within 10 meters of another rider. A violation can lead to immediate disqualification. Triathlon bikes are not permitted in the racer or VIP corral. 3.3. Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding. 3.4. Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times. No exceptions. 3.5. Bike number: the number plate with the chip timing straps on the back must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number can lead to disqualification or the timing chips may not work properly. 3.6. Jersey number: the jersey number must be worn on the jersey pockets, attached by safety pins. Any wrong positioning or alteration of the number can lead to disqualification. 3.7. Wrist band: the wrist band must be worn at all times during the event. 3.8. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge. 3.9. Headphones are not allowed. 4. Start 4.1. The start is at 7am on George Washington Bridge, lower level, outbound lanes. Entry to the start area is only from the designated ramp on the NYC side of the bridge. Riders without their GFNY jerseys, bike number, jersey number, helmet and
wristband at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start area. 4.2. The starting corrals close at 6.30am. If a rider is late, he/she will not be able to cross George Washington Bridge on the road or be eligible for competition. 4.3. Start order: (1) Lista Rossa: Returning champions from the previous year (overall, age groups, teams), VIP (2) Competitive corrals (2.1) Licensed racers in several corrals according to their ranking. Minimum requirement: Cat 1-3 Men, Cat 1-2 Women, Cat 1-2 Masters Men, Cat 1 Masters Women and their international equivalent. GFNY reserves the right to exclude low categories if there are too many requests. Race corral requests may not be honored after April 15, 2014. (2.2) Top 10% of each age group of the three previous years editions. (3.) General GF riders according to their age group (younger to older) (4.) GFNY BEAR 50 participants (5.) Challenged athletes with handcycles Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be disqualified. 5. Competition 5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. The first 20 men and 5 women overall are ranked by order of arrival. This number can be changed by the jury if necessary if there are groups arriving around 20th finish place. All other riders are ranked by net (chip) time. Only riders
who complete the full GFNY course are eligible for competition ranking and prizes. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to change the rules if deemed appropriate. 5.2. Categories: 1. overall m/f 2. 18-39 m/f 3. 40-44 m/f 4. 45-49 m/f 5. 50-54 m/f 6. 55-59 m/f 7. 60-64 m/f 8. 65+ f 9. 65-69 m 10. 70-74 m 11. 75+ m 12. under 90 him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed. 13. 90 and over him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed. 14. Team of four (any gender): times of the fastest four riders of a team added. 5.3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders. Prizes will not be shipped. 5.4. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY. 6. Abuse 6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers or spectators. 6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language or conduct during GFNY. 6.3. No rider may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present
ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with
GFNY (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, volunteers, staff, etc.). 6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban for Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 7. Conduct 7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement and/or disqualified and removed from the event. 7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident. 7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY either before, during, or after the event. 7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him&Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged. Devices of any sort to pull or push are not allowed. 7.5. Team cars or personal support cars are not allowed. 7.6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. You may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. 7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above can lead to disqualification
and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 8. Environment GFNY is committed to protecting the environment. Any discarding of trash or food outside the designated trash receptacles at the aid stations or “eco zones” is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York. Any urinating in public is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 9. Performance Enhancing Drugs 9.1 GFNY is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) are prohibited in preparation for and during GFNY. GFNY reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event. 9.2 Any violation of World Anti Doping Association (WADA) rules will lead to disqualification, reclaim of prizes and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York, Inc. events. GFNY shares positive doping controls with other event organizations as well as the public at large once USADA determined a rule violation. 9.3 If a rider declines to be tested, he/she will be banned. 9.4 A Rider who tests positive at GFNY will have to reimburse the cost of the doping control. Furthermore, such rider has to reimburse GFNY for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at GFNY, the team can be held liable for this damage. GFNY participants are highly encouraged to stay informed about PEDs and PED testing. GFNY recommends the USADA Athlete Handbook. 10. Acceptance of Risk All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk. No liability shall attach to GFNY or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding in GFNY. 11. Rule Changes Rules can be altered if deemed necessary at sole discretion of GFNY. 55
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race morning The start area opens at 5am. Do not arrive later than 5.30am. It will take time to get everyone on the bridge. Access to the bridge closes at 6.15am. If you arrive after 6.15am, you will have to take the bike path across the bridge and you won’t be in the results. Make sure to eat breakfast in the morning. Bring your ID, cash, credit card and cell phone with you. Fill up both your water bottles and stow some food in your jersey pockets. There is no food or drink station at the start line. The bridge is very windy, so bring a vest or jacket with you for wind protection to keep you warm while you wait for the start. The green GFNY 2014 jersey by Biemme that you received at the expo is mandatory attire for Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York participants. Any other GFNY jersey or any other jersey is not permitted. No jersey, no start! Make sure you have your GFNY wristband on. It is your all access pass to the GFNY start on the bridge, aid stations, closed to public roads, post race party and bike & bag check at the finish. No wristband, no start! Place the bike number plate at the front of your handlebars and attach it with the provided zip ties. Your bike plate identifies you as an official participant to police and GFNY staff. It also has your timing chips attached to it, and the timing chips will only work if the bike plate is unaltered and attached as instructed. No bike number plate, no start and no timing! Put the bike number sticker on your bike where it will be protected and stay on your bike for the entire day. You can only check-in the clear plastic bag provided by GFNY at NYC Bike Expo. The size of the bag is 15”x18” (38cm x 46cm). Putting a bag into the bag will not be permitted. You can only put single items in the bag. Make sure that your bag is closed
properly, the bag check number is attached well and the number is clearly visible. Bag drop is located before the entry to the George Washington Bridge. As you start approaching the bridge access ramp, you will see trucks waiting to collect your bags.There will be one truck for GFNY 100 and one truck for GFNY Bear 50. The bags for GFNY Bear 50 will be handed back to you at Bear Mountain, before you board the buses that will shuttle you back to Fort Lee, NJ. All other bags will be returned at the finish party in Ross Dock. Don’t leave any valuables in the bag because GFNY is not responsible for any wet, lost or stolen items. Everything must be picked up at the finish by 7pm or it will be discarded. Because GFNY starts on the George Washington Bridge, only limited setup is permitted. There will be portapotties, EMS, bag check and CAMPAGNOLO mechanics before you get on the bridge. Strict security measures permit only registered GFNY participants to access the start corrals. Littering (throwing your garbage on the ground) is strictly prohibited anywhere on the course. Littering at GFNY leads to automatic disqualification. On the bridge, any garbage that you throw on the road will end up polluting the Hudson River. Throwing your garbage anywhere on the roads leaves a negative imprint of the event on the communities, and your litter can prevent the event from utilizing the beautiful roads you will ride on during the race in the years to come. Use your jersey’s eco pockets at the side (that’s what they are there for) to put your garbage in, and discard the garbage in a trash receptacle at an ECO ZONE at the aid stations or
at the finish area. One lane serves as the travel lane for emergency vehicles and getting to your corral. The 3-lane inbound direction of the lower level is also closed for the event’s emergency and crew vehicles. Bike access to the start line is from Riverside Drive and 165th Street. Ride northbound and keep right at all times. The start corrals are numbered by 500s. The road is three lanes wide. Two lanes will serve as the corral staging area. One lane serves as the travel lane for emergency vehicles and getting to your corral. The corrals are divided by age groups. If your friends are in your age group, you will be in the same starting corral. However, if you are different ages, you can still start the event together. If you are allocated to different start corrals, the person with the lower bib number can move to a corral with higher numbers, the person with the higher bib number cannot move forward. The event will start promptly at 7am, rain or shine. We begin the breakdown of the area immediately after the last rider leaves to reopen the roadway for cars. If you arrive after 6.15am, you must ride your bike across the GWB on the upper level bike path to cross the Hudson River. That can be accessed from Fort Washington Avenue and 177th Street. At 177th St, turn left (heading west). At Cabrini Blvd, turn right (heading north). Go one block. Get on the side walk on the left, the bike path access is half a block down. You will not be in the final results.
GETTING TO THE START Bike from Manhattan to the Start Bike northbound along the West Side Highway bike path, make a right at 158th St. (There is a metal swinging gate there). You will ride under an overpass, then you’ll see a traffic light. At the light, make a left and go up a slight incline. You’ll then come to a stop sign (sign says 158th St), and make a right at the stop sign. Make the first left turn you can, a 120° left turn onto Riverside Drive. Ride straight on Riverside Drive to access the start corrals. Check out the map below.
Take Subway to the start a / c / 1 trains to 168th street overpass
You don’t need a bike permit to bring your bike on board an NYC subway. Since your bike won’t be able to fit through the turnstiles, either ask an agent or a friend to help you. Usually, you go to the agent in the booth and inform them that you are going in with a bike. Have them watch you swipe your metro card and turn the turnstile. Then, they would release the emergency gate so you can walk through. Check http://mta.info for any weekend service advisories for A,C and 1 subway lines.
DRIVing to the start parking in fort lee We recommend Fort Lee Municipal Parking Lots, parking fees apply: http://www.fortleeparkingauthority. org/parking-lot-locations The largest and recommended lot is: Guntzer Street Municipal Lot 2030 Guntzer Street Public Parking Spaces: 412 After you parked your car, ride your bike across the GWB bike path (from 4am on the morning of GFNY) to NYC. Enter the bike path at Hudson Terrace just before the overpass (50ft past Bruce Reynolds Blvs, make a right). Off the bridge path, proceed to Fort Washington Ave or Haven Ave to 165th Street. Make a right onto 165th Street and ride down the hill to Riverside Drive. Make a right onto Riverside Drive and ride northbound on Riverside Drive to access the start corrals. Bear right at all times.
parking in manhattan There is limited curbside street parking in the area, check the signs for any parking details, length of stay maximums, and if there are any fees for parking at the specific spot youâ€™re looking at. Website that lists all parking lots in the area: http://www.citidex.com/6093.htm CENTRAL PARKING Go to https://find.parking.com/search/?query=10032 to see Centralâ€™s locations nearby and make sure to check their hours of operation. MPS PARKING 4168 Broadway (at 177th St), New York, NY 10033 T (212) 543-2700 Make sure to check their hours of operation. http://www.mpsparking.com/new-york-parkinglocations.php Ride from your parking garage along Fort Washington Ave or Haven Ave to 165th Street. Make a right onto 165th Street and ride down the hill to Riverside Drive. Make a right onto Riverside Drive and ride northbound on Riverside Drive to access the start corrals. Bear right at all times.
bike path across parking in manhattan
drop off For the safety of cyclists arriving at the start area, and to minimize congestion approaching the start corrals, please get dropped off at one of these three locations: From the south: 153rd Street and Riverside Drive From the north or east: Along Audubon Avenue from 165th Street From the west: Along Lemoine Avenue from Bruce Reynolds Boulevard
PIEMONTE Piemonte means “foot of the mountain” and it is home to magnificent cycling. The italian region is known for its breathtaking scenery of the Alps, hills lined with grapevines, historical hilltop villages and many small seldom-used roads. You can tailor your cycling to hills, flats or challenging Alps passes, like the legendary Giro d’Italia climbs Colle Sestriere, Colle delle Finestre and Colle del Nivolet. You can test your legs at the famous Gran Fondo Fausto Coppi. Besides cycling, Piemonte is home to cultural attractions, fantastic food and renowned wines such as Barbesco and Barolo. Delight your spirit and your senses in Piemonte. www.piemonteitalia.eu
George washington bridge cyclist entrance to lower level from riverside drive & 165th st cyclists stay in right lane bear right on ramp to GWB lower level
The George Washington Bridge has the greatest vehicular capacity of any bridge in the world. It carries approximately 106 million vehicles per year, making it the worldâ€™s busiest motor vehicle bridge. For 2014, Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York closes the entire lower level of the worldâ€™s busiest bridge to cars and offers cyclists a once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding across from Manhattan to New Jersey on a car-free road. Access the Gran Fondo New York start line from 165th Street and Riverside Drive. Ride Northbound. Bear right at all times to get to the start line staging area and corrals.
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FINISH Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York finishes with spectacular views of the George Washington Bridge at Ross Dock picnic area in Palisades Interstate Park, NJ, just two miles from the start. Join us to refuel and to celebrate your accomplishment. You will receive your GFNY finisher medal and other goodies. You can relax in our lounge area, check race results, listen to music and enjoy a great post-race meal. The Italian region of Piemonte is sponsoring the post-race meal: The Piemonte Pasta Party. The pasta is also free for family, friends and spectators. In addition, there will be water, soda and PowerBar Perform electrolyte drink available. At the PowerBar Recovery Zone, every finisher will receive the PowerBar ProteinPlus® Bar, which is a high- protein bar that is ideal for recovery. There will be alcohol service at the finish area, inside the Beer & Wine Garden. Make sure to bring your photo ID with your date of birth as proof that you are over 21
so that you can enter the Beer & Wine Garden. All alcoholic beverages must be served and consumed within the confines of the Beer & Wine Garden. The awards ceremony begins at 3pm. We begin with the overall winners and continue with age groups and teams. Raffle prizes will be given throughout the afternoon to riders present at the ceremony. We do not ship any prizes, you must be present to claim your prize. Make sure you visit the vendor area to say hello to our sponsors Campagnolo, Lexus, PowerBar, De Rosa, and San Marco, and to us at the GFNY merchandise tent. After you cross the finish line, pose for a photo at the GFNY Finisher photo wall. Between 12pm-5pm the GFNY Podium Girls will be available for photos. Between 2pm-4pm meet and take pictures with Stephen Roche and Nelson Vails. Ross Dock offers fun for the whole family. There is a large playground onsite complete with multiple slides, monkey bars, ladders, steps, canopies and more.
GFNY BEar GFNY BEAR FINISHERS After reaching the top of Bear Mountain and completing GFNY BEAR, stop at the aid station to refuel. Once you soaked in the views (on a clear day you can see all the way to Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty!) and are ready to go back, head downhill for 2 miles. Note the GFNY BEAR logistics point to the right. Don’t continue straight down to the bottom of Bear. After 2 miles, you will need to make a 320-degree right turn. After you made the right turn, you will first see Bag Check & Finisher Medals area. Here you will pick up your checked bag that you dropped off in the morning at the George Washington Bridge and you will receive your GFNY finisher medal. Continue riding down the hill to the first bus and truck in line. You will drop your bike on the truck number that corresponds to your bus number. You and your bike will get a ride to Fort Lee Historic Park. The trip will take 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. The buses do not have toilets and there are no toilets at the logistics point, so make sure you use the toilet that is at the aid station at the top of Bear Mountain. Bring at least a vest or jacket with you in case it’s a chilly day so you stay warm on the bus and for the ride to wherever you are heading afterwards. 62
PICKING UP GFNY BEAR FINISHERS If you are heading north from Bear Mountain after you finish, you can have your family pick you up at Bear Mountain. Ask them to meet you at the Bear Mountain Inn parking lot, for which they will have to enter & exit using only the Northern Entrance from 9W. Once they arrive at the Bear Mountain Inn, there is a large parking lot, a picnic area with a food vendor (hamburgers, etc), playgrounds, and more. Your family can even bring their own grill and meet you at Bear Mountain and BBQ after you finished your ride. If your family wants to pick you up right after you get dropped off in Fort Lee Historic Park, please ask them to wait for you at Fort Lee Main Street Business Parking Lot across from 144 Main Street. The Campagnolo GFNY finish area festivities are open to all GFNY (100-mile and 50-mile) participants and their families and friends. If you and your supporters all want to head to the GFNY Finish Area in Ross Dock, ask your family to head to Ross Dock when they are ready and enjoy the festivities while they await your arrival. (See SHUTTLE BUSES for more information.) You will ride your bike from Fort Lee Historic Park to Ross Dock. (See GETTING TO THE FINISH AREA for more information.)
FROM GFNY BEAR BUS DROP OFF TO ROSS DOCK
FROM GFNY TIMING FINISH TO ROSS DOCK 1.5 mi
GETTING TO THE FINISH AREA IN ROSS DOCK Campagnolo GFNY participants: Getting to the Piemonte Pasta Party and GFNY Finish Area is easy. From where the Timing Finish ends, just keep riding your bike another 1.5 mile straight along the same road. You will come to a roundabout and you will make a 320-degree turn and head down the hill to the post-race festivities. GFNY BEAR participants: The GFNY Finish area is for all GFNY participants, whether you completed 100 miles or 50 miles. Riding your bike from the GFNY BEAR drop-off point in Fort Lee Historic Park is easy and fast, just mostly downhill 1.5 mile. Once you exit Historic Park, make a left on the bike path along Hudson Terrace / Main Street (ride down the hill), slow down as you reach the end of the bike path and see the gates that lead inside Palisades Interstate Park. Continue downhill. About 0.5 mile later, at the first roundabout that you will see, take the first exit and ride down the hill to Ross Dock. Families, Friends, Spectators: Ross Dock is located in a very remote area. And the road accessing Ross Dock from the north and from the south will be closed to the public, whether on foot, on bike or in a car. You will only be able to get to Ross Dock in the GFNY Shuttle Bus.
fort lee shuttle bus SHUTTLE BUSES There are two Shuttle Bus routes : 1. Midtown Shuttle Bus for $15 round trip, and 2. free Fort Lee Shuttle Bus. Each shuttle is in continuous service during the day with pickup and travel times depending on traffic, so there is no preset timetable. There are no toilets on the shuttle buses. Bicycles are not permitted on the shuttle buses. Midtown Shuttle Bus: The shuttle departs from 53rd Street side entrance of the Sheraton Times Square hotel (on 53rd Street between 6th/7th Ave, closer to 7th Ave) every 25-30 minutes and the trip takes 45-60 minutes. A round-trip ticket costs $15 and can be purchased at the pre-race expo. Bus tickets are non-refundable, but you can resell them to someone else if you end up not needing it. Children under 12 ride free. There will be a GFNY staff person at the Sheraton to let you know when the next bus is arriving. Look out for the person wearing the green GFNY RIDER CREW t-shirt standing under the Sheraton awning on West 53rd Street.
Fort Lee Shuttle Bus: The Fort Lee shuttle bus departs from inside the Fort Lee Guntzer Street Municipal Lot at 2030 Guntzer Street (in the most north-western point inside the lot, closer to Bruce Reynolds Blvd) every 10-15 minutes and the trip takes 10-15 minutes. If you are utilizing an NYC Taxi or a town car service (CarmelLimo.com, dial7.com, uber.com, mybluecab.com are among your many car service options) to drive you to Fort Lee, ask them to drop you off next to 220 Bruce Reynolds Blvd. Drive past 220 Bruce Reynolds Blvd and drive downhill to the parking lot (you will see the Southpole building). Please note that if you are parking your car in any Fort Lee municipal parking lot, you must feed the meter, the parking lot is a 24/7 enforced parking lot. HOW DO I GET BACK FROM THE FINISH? If you booked a hotel in Fort Lee, NJ, ride back to the hotel. The finish is 2 miles from Fort Lee hotels. If you parked in a Fort Lee, NJ parking lot, ride back to your car. The finish is 2 miles from Fort Lee municipal parking lots. If you booked a hotel in Manhattan, ride back across George Washington Bridge on the bike path. The nearest subway station is the A train at 175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue just off the bridge. Itâ€™s 2.5 miles from the finish to this station. The A train will take you back to midtown and downtown. Trains run every 10 minutes on Sundays. We will provide signage to guide you there. If you are getting picked up by family or by car service (CarmelLimo.com, dial7.com, uber.com, mybluecab.com are among your many car service options), please ask them to meet you at Fort Lee Main Street Business Parking Lot across from 144 Main Street.
FAQ HOW FAST DO I HAVE TO RIDE? You can ride as fast as you want. However, the cut-off for completing the distance is 5pm which means you have 10 hours to complete the full course and 5 hours to complete GFNY BEAR. This is approximately 10mph including stopping at aid stations. A broom wagon will trail the course at 10mph. Stragglers who get passed by the car can either get a ride or will be riding on their own outside the event. I’M RIDING THE EVENT WITH MY FRIENDS. CAN WE ALL LINE UP TOGETHER IN THE SAME CORRAL? The corrals are divided by age groups. If your friends are in your age group, you will be in the same starting corral. However, if you are different ages, you can still start the event together. If you are allocated to different start corrals, the person with the lower bib number can move to a corral further back, however the person with the higher bib number cannot move forward. WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AT THE START/FINISH AND ON THE COURSE? Yes, the start area, the finish party at Ross Dock and all aid stations are equipped with portapotties. IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL ISSUE ON THE COURSE, WHAT DO I DO? We highly encourage all participants to have basic safety and repair skills, and in particular fixing a flat tire. Everyone has to bring at least a pump, levers and a spare tube. However, if you are still unable to make the repair, rolling mechanical support vehicles and Vespas with Campagnolo mechanics will be driving along the route throughout the day. If you have a mechanical that cannot be easily fixed, a bus will take you to the finish area. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a broom wagon can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of falling out of the cutoffs and not being able to finish the event. Visit your local bike shop to learn the basic repair skills, check out online videos or ask an experienced cycling friend. IF I NEED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, WHAT DO I DO? Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be at many locations along the course and on call. Police officers, marshals and bike mechanics will be traveling on the course on motorcycles and in cars. Police officers will be stationed at close to 100 intersections controlling traffic and volunteers will be guiding the cyclists for turns at dozens of intersections. Each of these people will be able to call 911 in case of emergency. If you need help, inform someone on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives. No matter at what point, help will always be close.
I DON’T WANT TO BE DISQUALIFIED. ARE THERE SPECIFIC RULES TO AVOID DQ? There are a few actions that would result in disqualification. The big 6 to keep in mind : 1) DO NOT LITTER, 2) USE PROVIDED TOILETS, 3) RIDE THE DESIGNATED COURSE, 4) BE COURTEOUS TO EVENT STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, SPECTATORS, POLICE AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS, 5) DO NOT ACCEPT OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM BANDITS OR UNAUTHORIZED/PRIVATE VEHICLES. 6) IF YOU SEE A RIDER IN NEED OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, YOU MUST STOP TO HELP. IF I HAVE A BAD DAY AND REALIZE I WON’T BE ABLE TO FINISH, WHAT DO I DO? Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the course for any cyclists who are unable to complete this event. Try to make it to the next or previous aid station, there you will have food, water, emergency medical services as well as volunteers to keep you company. If you are unable to ride to an aid station, move off the road and wait at the shoulder of the road until a mechanic or SAG rides by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who needs help, when you get to the next police officer or volunteer, report that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location, they will call for an ambulance. I NEVER RODE IN A LARGE GROUP BEFORE. HOW DOES IT WORK? Group riding is faster because you save about 30% energy in a draft. It takes a bit of skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. Ideally, you find a riding partner to practice. If you live in the NYC area, you can take advantage of our free training rides for registered participants and practice group riding. WHEN AND WHERE DO I FIND THE RESULTS? We are announcing the winners at the awards ceremony at 3pm and the full results will be online asap. Preliminary, full results will posted online on the same day. Additionally, printed preliminary results will be posted at the finish. Final results will be printed in the Fall issue of GFNY Magazine. Your family and friends can keep track of you live with our online tracking tool that displays preliminary results. WHEN DOES REGISTRATION FOR GFNY 2015 OPEN? Registration for 2015 opens the morning after GFNY 2014: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9am ET. Visit www.granfondony.eventbrite. com. Take advantage of GFNY’s lowest possible entry fee by registering early.
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GFNY’s group ride leaders and ambassadors share their GFNY race tips.
ULI FLUHME JARED SKOLNICK
If you are keen to win or place well, consider this: you can’t win the race up Bear Mountain but you can lose it there. If you are racing for a good placing instead, make sure you ride Bear Mountain as steady as possible. Once back down, you have to have a group, so either bridge the gap if you see a group reasonably close or wait for the next group.
LIDIA FLUHME Embrace the personal challenge of a granfondo. The goal should be to give it your best and finish with the fastest time you can. The key is to be safe on your bike by riding a straight line, being predictable and using your breaks to maintain control of your bike. Before the race, check your bike thoroughly and put on new tires. Your number one goal should be to not have any mechanical or medical problems so that you can reach the finish line with a smile and with pride of your accomplishment.
Know your pace. When the ride begins and 5,000 riders are coming off the George Washington Bridge, there is quite a bit of adrenaline pumping. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, and the speed, of a group start. Be sure that you know your pace and find it early on because a fast start may lead to a really slow and painful finish.
If you don’t want to wait for the uphill sprint to the finish, consider attacking on the flat just after the climb up to Alpine on 9W before entering Palisades Park. Usually everyone is going all-out uphill and resting on the flat.” OMAR TEJADA Remember to have fun. Talk to people around you. This is an international event with riders representing over 70 countries. You never know who you will meet. Ride at your pace and not your friends’ – it’s the best way to work towards your best performance and meet new people.
VITO VALENTINI Training, eating and imagination. Training in the months leading up to the event will prepare you physically. During the event I eat a little bit more than I normally would; I was surprised to see that by the end of the race I had burned a little under 10,000 calories so please fill your pockets with snacks! Most important: passion and imagination. During last year’s GFNY I was, as usual, riding by myself at the back. I imagined myself as Andy Hampsten riding through the blizzard on the Passo di Gavia during the 1988 Giro d’Italia and I knew that my wife would be waiting for me with a big smile at the finish – I was riding home no matter what!
WADE WEGNER Follow your training routines and don’t change food, drink, sleep, etc the day before GFNY. Check the weather the night before and dress accordingly since the event is rain or shine. Don’t forget breakfast and arrive with full water bottles and some food for the road ahead. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the start – it’s a busy and crowded place.
HEIDI BROECKING HAYDEN JUDD Every GFNY I am asked by friends to ride with them. I love them, but I keep my Sunday rides for my buddies and I race GFNY by myself and find a group going my speed (which hopefully has my buddies in it too). I can’t recommend this enough.
Even though you’ll be excited, get as much sleep as you can the three days before the event. Limit caffeine intake the morning of, you won’t need to pee as much. And I found decreasing fatty meat intake and increasing lean meats and carbs for two to three days before race day really helpful.
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