GFNY Argentina opened the racing season in South America
GFNY, the Global Cycling Marathon Series, opened the racing season in South America with the second annual GFNY Argentina on October 30, 2016. Riders competed on an undulating, fully closed-to-cars 125km course with a mountain-top finish on the legendary Mirador del Potrero.
Held in San Luis, the Argentinean province renowned for the professional races Tour de San Luis and Tour Feminino de San Luis, the GFNY Argentina course covered many of the same roads as the pro races. Despite the challenging economic conditions in San Luis that have led to cancellations announced last month of Tour de San Luis and Tour Feminino de San Luis, and the closures of the pro men’s team, San Luis Somos Todos, and the women’s pro team, Xirayas, GFNY Argentina was held with resounding success. A record number of riders took on GFNY Argentina 2016 and they all enjoyed the same pro treatment from San Luis Police that World Tour teams received when they raced in San Luis.
A lead group of 20 formed after only 10k of racing when the racers from the local pro team put on the pressure in the cross winds. Five riders made a break with 40k to go and it was up to Mirador del Potrero to make the final decision. Enzo Josue Moyano took the win in 3:04:10, averaging 39km/h for 120km with 1,750m of climbing. Carlos Velazquez from San Luis Somos Todos pro team took second, Alfredo Lucero third.
“We decided to take advantage of the trade winds and put the pressure on the peloton early to make a pre-selection,” says Moyano. “I had good legs today so I tried to break our little group already on the Potrero de los Funes race track. It didn’t work immediately but thankfully I was able to drop one after the other on that last tough climb up Mirador. It was fantastic to win up there. Let’s see what I can do at the GFNY World Championship in NYC in May.”
Fiorella Malaspina dominated the women’s race, maintaining her lead from start to finish. She was the only woman who made the cut into the second group during the hectic opening kilometers in the cross winds. Her winning time was 3:19:07, beating Alicia Reynoso Pueyo by 10 minutes. Aldana Cetra rounded out the podium less than a minute back.
While only few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, there were many aiming to finish among the top 10% of finishers in their category to qualify for a racer corral spot at the GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21, 2017.
200 police officers closed 155km of roads at the inaugural GFNY Argentina on Sunday, December 6 around San Luis in perfect early summer weather.
The race started out fast from the gun. Under the pressure of the San Luis Somos Todos Continental Team, the lead peloton of 50 riders tackled the initial undulating 70km at an average of 44.2km/h (27.5mph).
The second half of the race was dominated first by strong headwinds then by tailwinds. 18-year old Cristian Bertola of San Luis Somos Todos attacked into the wind with 35km to go. He used the tailwind and his team support to his advantage and reached the bottom of the climb with enough buffer to cross the hill-top finish line first. Mirador del Potrero is the region’s legendary climb with its 5.7km and altitude of 1270m at the top. Bertola won in 3:54:51h, ahead of Ale Oviedo from Cordoba, Argentina (3:55:34h). Colombian Jhoann Robayo finished third in 3:55:39h. Jhoann is a regular on the GFNY World circuit, having played major roles at both the GFNY Championship in NYC and GFNY Colombia.
“Winning GFNY is a great confidence booster for the Pro Tour race Tour de San Luis in January,” said Bertola. “Being able to compete on the same roads and test Mirador del Potrero under racing conditions was fantastic.”
Andrea Acevedo Deia from Brazil finished in 4:31:09, beating Ingrid Guiller from La Plata, Argentina by over 9 minutes. Ironman triathlete Gabriela Alejandra Leon from Buenos Aires finished third in 4:41:44.
For the age groupers in the peloton, GFNY Argentina served as a qualifier for the racer corral at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 15, 2016. The top 10% in each age group earned one of the coveted spots in the front of the 5000-rider peloton in NYC.
“I got to race GFNY Argentina myself,” adds GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Having had an army of police officers fully close all roads for us was a very special treat. Everyone was truly treated like a ‘Pro for a Day’ as it is the motto of GFNY.”