Racers will tackle iconic Ixtepeji and reach 2590m altitude at yet another new GFNY Mexico event
Ford GFNY Oaxaca offers riders a long race course of 116.5km with an elevation gain of 1850m including Ixtepeji summit, one of the longest mountain passes in Mexico, considered an out of category climb.
The first 5km of the race through downtown Oaxaca are mostly flat. Once out of the city, the racecourse will combine rolling hills up to the Mezcal zone. The main challenge of the day will be the final 15km climb to the summit of Ixtepeji. It has an average gradient of 6% and is peaking at a whopping 19%. After reaching the highest point of the course at 2590m altitude, racers will head back to the city of Oaxaca Convention Center.
“We’re honored to be able host GFNY in beautiful Oaxaca,” said GFNY Mexico co-founder Shaun Gad. “A stunning host town and a challenging course coupled with tremendous government support assure that racers will enjoy a fantastic experience in best GFNY Mexico style.”
”What started 2014 with GFNY Cozumel and the first granfondo ever in the country, has become a Mexico wide series of five races for thousands of riders who are keen to qualify for the World Championship in New York City.”
Race week activities will take place at the Oaxaca Convention Center. It includes the traditional group ride on Saturday where cyclists get to enjoy a casual ride together.
Lonely Planet describes Oaxaca as “a cultural colossus fit to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy and colorful manifestations of indigenous culture”. It is “a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a Unesco World Heritage badge. Lovers of culture come here to indulge in the Mexico of Zapotec and colonial legend.”
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