A Thousand rode the Sixth edition of the Gran Fondo San Gottardo
GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme tackled this relatively short Gran Fondo at 110km, that packed a serious punch with 3,000m+ of climbing in less than 40km of road.
At the crossroads of Valais and Ticino, lay two of Switzerland’s most beautiful regions. The Granfondo San Gottardo is an epic cycling sportive taking on the mighty St. Gothard Pass, Furka Pass and Col de la Nufenen.
GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme, orginally from nearby Bigorio in Ticino took part and commented "Granfondo Gottardo today: 110k and 3000m of climbing. Legendary course. Gottardo: 13k, avg 7.3%, about half of it on cobbles(!), Furka: 12.5k, avg 7.3% and Novena: 13.5k, avg 8.5%"
"I'm not in shape yet so I set gearing goals. Rode Gottardo in 39/21 which is quite big for me but helps on cobbles. Same for Furka but I did need the 23 occasionally because I had respect for Novena."
"Did most of Novena also in 23 which surprised me but needed the 25 once it got above 2,200m. Using relatively big gears helped me stay focused. If I go smaller, I just go slower because I don't have the fitness for a good cadence."
Chapeau to Uli, that's a tough ride with 3 of the biggest Swiss climbs.
Italian Roberto Napolitano was the fastest man in a time of 4:39:54.
Swiss national Sofia Pezzatti was the fatest women in a time of 5:42:18.