Gran Fondo New York set be more Competitive this year
This year's race for the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship crown is set to be more competitive than ever on May 21 and will be live streamed
The Women's Race
3-time GFNY NYC winner and 9-time GFNY champion Camila Cortes from Colombia is coming fresh off a win at the inaugural GFNY Latin America Championship in Mexico City. She's determined to take her record shattering 10th GFNY win.
Canadians Paolina Allan and Heather Low as well as Brazilian 2016 runner-up Marcella Toldi are back and ready to challenge anyone. But we're always looking out for new contenders having a breakthrough. GFNY is a long race. Anything can happen.
The Men's Race
NYC vs. Colombia was the story of last year's race and it continues this year. But keep an eye out for strong Dominicans and Mexicans racing GFNY NYC for their first time.
For NYC, defending champion Mike Margarite is ready to retain the crown in town. This year, he's bringing a bunch of Weather Channel domestiques.
2016 runner-up Allan Rego is keen to take the top step. He may not be a pure climber like others but he's relentless in making up any lost ground. And when he smells the finish line, few have his determination - and speed.
Last year's third place finisher Adderlyn Cruz, a Dominican living in NYC, is a talented climber and brings his compatriot Ismael Sanchez, a triple winner of the Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional, his home country stage race.
For Colombia, Enrique Quinones and Fabio Arenas agreed to collaborate to take the title back home. Quinones was the unlucky one last year: first he got DQ'ed from winning GFNY Colombia for taking outside assistance, then he blew up at GFNY NYC after he spent some time in the lead with Margarite. Both times he proved he has the legs to win. Can he keep a cool head?
Let's see if Erick Hamon who recently moved to NYC joins them to make it a Colombia team effort. But his new ties to NYC might make him the independent joker of the race.
A sizzling hot contender for the crown is Mexican pro Flavio de Luna who has wins at GFNY Cozumel and the inaugural GFNY Latin America Championship in Mexico City on his palmarès. This shows that he can handle any terrain, from the pancake flat Cozumel to the high altitude mountains of Mexico City.
Gran Fondo New York will provide race updates throughout the day and live streaming with extensive coverage.
The event starts on Thursday May 18 at the GFNY Café & Welcome Zone at the GFNY Finish Village in PIP Park, Fort Lee, NJ.
On Friday and Saturday May 19/20 is mandatory race packet pickup fro11AM-6PM at the NYC Bike Expo & Campagnolo GFNY World Championship at Penn Pavilion, 401 Seventh Ave between 32nd St & 33rd St (401 Seventh Avenue)
Sunday May 21, see's the Start of Campagnolo GFNY World Championship and GFNY BEAR from 5AM onwards on the lower level of George Washington Bridge.
VIDEO: Last Year's GFNY Championship