GFNY is a personal endurance challenge where you compete against others, the clock and yourself.
At GFNY NYC, you take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain. It is also the GFNY Championship.
The 50-mile GFNY Bear on the same day is a non-competitive ride from NYC to Bear Mountain.
GFNY World events provide you that same challenge in locations around the world. Additionally, you get the chance to qualify for a front corral start at the GFNY World Championship in NYC.
All GFNY events provide the following for you to BE A PRO FOR A DAY:
- mass start
- individual chip timing from start to finish with awards for all categories
- closed roads or police moderated traffic that ensures you don’t have to stop during the race
GFNY co-founder and President Lidia Fluhme is the creator of world’s most spectacular start line in cycling, George Washington Bridge. She did not accept ‘no’ as an answer back in 2010, no matter how often it was voiced. Without the start on GWB, GFNY would not exist. Ever since, Lidia is making sure that you get to ride on closed roads or with police moderated traffic. The 7-time Ironman Hawaii finisher, NYU business school graduate and former Wall Street banker loves a really challenging granfondo, preferably in Italy. She has written a very helpful guide on How To Tackle A GFNY.
GFNY co-founder and CEO Uli Fluhme is making sure that all GFNY events are true granfondos in the Italian tradition: you get to have the right of way at each intersection, will be timed start to finish and your result will be based on your time.
Uli is a former Wall Street attorney but it is his 20 years of granfondo racing that led to GFNY. He continues to race the toughest granfondos around the world, including all GFNY events. Some of his many visions and ideas make it into GFNY.
If he’s not working on growing GFNY or racing his bike, Uli is lobbying hard for antidoping. He’s a no holds barred voice since 2000 and was key to implement in- and out of competition testing at GFNY. You can discuss antidoping with him on Twitter @ulif.
If you ever emailed us, chances are you were helped by Teresa Rekas. Whether it’s your jersey size, team name, finding a hotel or how to get to the start, Teresa is there to help you have a smooth GFNY experience.
That said, Teresa is not only there for you but also a full time grandmother of the official GFNY mascots Max and Kai. It’s still a few years until we can upgrade both from mascot to worker. Until then, she’s got her work cut out for her.
Maciej is the master of all things logistics at GFNY. He’s overseeing a team of 50 guys on race day to make sure all roads are properly closed, the aid stations fully stocked and the finish area ready for you. Throughout the year, he’s building fun things like the huge GFNY letters and handling your shop purchases.
Maciej gets out into nature whenever he can, whether alone, with his family or his friends. No valley is too deep or mountain too high for his climbing, diving and mountain biking adventures. For Maciej, nothing compares to a quick three day trip to the Rockies.
When Rafi started to work part time for GFNY, he quickly became the master of course marking. He single handily pimps out the course so you don’t get lost. However, recently he stepped into a much bigger role at GFNY. He now oversees several projects such as our new digital platform that will improve your GFNY experience off the bike dramatically. If you want to compete against him, drop your bike and look for the nearest Obstacle Race.
Diane is key to your GFNY because she’s recruiting and organizing our relentless volunteers that make your packet pickup, aid station and finish area experience awesome.
Alex Bruskin is the producer, director, and editor behind the official GFNY videos you’ve seen. His company, Sprocket Films, LLC has been working with GFNY from its very first start line, and he’s always looking for new ways to bring GFNY riders to life on the screen. But Alex isn’t just a filmmaker; he’s also an avid cyclist, competitive runner, and a black belt in kung fu. If you see him and his crew out on the course, give a wave – you just might make it into a video!
Alex designs the GFNY kit which makes you look so sharp at the race. He’s a graphic designer who grew up painting pictures and racing bikes; when he was accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design but failed to hear from the US National Team it was pretty clear which direction his life would take. Out of stubbornness, he kept riding anyway. As an adult he found a way to unite his passions: by designing cycling jerseys. If you live in New York City, you have probably seen his work on the backs of teams like FGX, SixCycle and siggi’s.
2010 Lidia and Uli Fluhme founded Gran Fondo New York.
2011 On May 8, the first Gran Fondo New York was held.
2014 On September 21, the first GFNY World event is held in Terracina, Italy. In November, GFNY Cozumel-Mexico follows.
2015 The first GFNY World series concludes with events in Cozumel, Puerto Rico, Barcelona and Bogota. The fifth Gran Fondo New York is also the first GFNY Championship.
2016/17 The GFNY World series contains events in NYC, Mexico City, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Argentina, Cozumel-Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia and at Mont Ventoux/France.
2017/18 The GFNY World series contains 15 events held in NYC, Mexico, Germany, Indonesia, Uruguay, Colombia, France, Chile, Israel, Costa Rica and Malaysia.