9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC the most international bike race with riders representing 100 countries
A controversial men’s finish saw US National Mountain bike champ Jeremiah Bishop take his first GFNY World Championship title. 2018 runner up, American Jill Patterson, dethroned Colombian Camila Cortes to take her first title last Sunday, May 19th.
The ninth running of the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship represented a sensational finale of twenty events on four continents of the 2019-2020 GFNY World cycling marathon series. Perfect weather conditions promised a chance for fast times and records to be broken.
The race was broadcast live for over 6 hours so fans and family from around the globe could tune in to watch the action.
In the men’s race, an aggressive start from George Washington Bridge was led by impatient young Brooklynite, Ben Gorodetsky, who shot forward as the race swung through Fort Lee and into Palisade Interstate Park.
Gorodetsky’s time in the spotlight did not last long as US National Mountain bike champ, Jeremiah Bishop, and Colombian Daniel Hernandez took charge on Alpine Hill. Both were quickly swallowed up by a large peloton containing Gorodetsky and last year’s King of Bear, Cedric Haas of France.
Last year, Haas had a solo attack on Bear. This year, he had company with Gorodetsky and created a break of almost three minutes from the chase group as they wound their way up the mountain. On the final steep climb up Perkins, Gorodetsky cracked, leaving Haas once again to assail Bear solo.
Haas made it all the way to Cheescote at mile sixty before being swallowed up by a group of fifteen riders, including former GFNY winner Ricardo Pichetta (Italy). The group then splintered when Hernandez and German powerhouse and GFNY European Champion, Jochen Wallenborn (Germany), launched a sustained attack leaving the field in pieces. Quick to react, Pichetta and Bishop worked together, and by mile seventy-five had bridged up to the two leaders.
With twenty-five miles left, the four riders, Pichetta (IT), Wallenborn (DE), Hernandez (CO) and Bishop (US) worked together, each vying for the win. Turning back toward Alpine, victory was anyone’s for the taking. But at the final Dyckman Hill climb with 3km to go, Hernandez cracked. He was followed by Wallenborn leaving the title in the hands of Pichetta and Bishop.
On the final straight, Pichetta’s instincts took over and he closed the gate on the chasing Bishop, forcing Bishop into an arch. To avoid crashing, Bishop was left with no choice but to sit up and stop his sprint. Because of this dangerous move, race officials relegated Pichetta to second place, leaving Jeremiah Bishop the winner in the time of 4:19:26. Pichetta was second (4:19:26) and Wallenborn third (4:19:28).
In the women’s race, it was a surprise end to the ‘queen’ of GFNY, Camila Cortes’ reign. Last year’s runner up, American Jill Patterson, returned for a rematch and was looking for her first win, while Cortes was looking to extend her five-year domination and seeking her 13th GFNY victory after winning the GFNY Latin American Championship in March.
Cortes steadily led through Bear Mountain, but on the return to Fort Lee, Patterson’s determination was unrelenting. She took charge, made the pass and never looked back.
Patterson took the win in a new record time of 4:31:29, Cortes followed second (4:31:35). Rounding out the podium, GFNY European Champion, German Janine Meyer, crossed in 4:31:41 to make the most competitive women’s finish in GFNY’s history.
Next up is the inaugural GFNY North America Championship Santa Fe on June 23.
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