GFNY Cozumel

November 11, 2018


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Cozumel has daily direct flights from many major US cities including Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Denver. Among others, AA, Delta, Frontier and United fly direct to and from Cozumel. The international Airport of Cancun is a short drive and beautiful ferry ride away.

While there are many hotels you can stay at in Cozumel, GFNY Cozumel has chosen the best and most accommodating hotels for this event. There is a Host Hotel for every budget and all at special DISCOUNTED GFNY Cozumel prices. At a GFNY Cozumel Host Hotel you will be guaranteed to receive the benefits listed below. Please check the HOTEL PAGE which list all the host hotels.

  • Special discounted rates to all GFNY Cozumel participants.
  • Biker friendly meaning you will be able to leave your bike in your room or a locked facility.
  • Specially designed menus to keep you healthy for the big day.
  • Together with all your fellow participant to share in your adventure stories after the race.

Most questions can be answered in the FAQ but if there is anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact GFNY Cozumel at




Defending champion, Flavio de Luna repeats to take his 2nd GFNY Cozumel title


For the fourth year running, the Mexican island of Cozumel hosted GFNY Cozumel, a race part of the GFNY, the Global Marathon Cycling Series. 3000 riders from 55 nations took on the 2-lap long route or 1-lap short route.

From the start, a group of 100 riders quickly formed a tight lead pack in the men’s race. As the group headed over to Punta Sur, on the south side of the island, riders were racing at speeds in excess of 55kph.

Colombian World Tour pro Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) tried to make an early break and shake up the group but his effort was in vain and he was sucked back into the peloton.

By kilometer 140, Cozumel’s (in)famous winds whittled the group down to 25 riders. In the pack was defending champion, Mexican Flavio de Luna, who continued to ride a smart tactical race, staying safely in the main group and saving his attack for the final push to the finish.

In the last 5km, a group of 10 were in the hunt for the win but it was De Luna who took the last corner to the finish ahead of everyone to win the race in 3:59:04. Two bike lengths behind, Alberto Covarrubias (MEX) took third and Brazilian Joao Vitor Fernandes rounded out the podium.

In the women’s race, four women rode and worked together until the final 10km. The group consisted of defending champion Celine Scharer (SUI), Julyn Aquila (MEX), Yuseli Soto (MEX), Gabriela Diaz (MEX). Scharer looked on track to repeat until she collided with another rider and was unable to continue, suffering a fractured ankle only 10km from the finish. It left the three remaining Mexican ladies to battle it out in a sprint finish with Soto the victor in a time of 4:01:35. Aquila took second and Diaz third.


GFNY Cozumel sprint finish: amateur beats pros


In a thrilling sprint finish, Flavio De Luna Davila took the win at the 160km GFNY Cozumel, defeating Joao Fernades Oliveira and Carlos Hernandez Santana (all Mexico) after 3:55:22 of racing in hot, humid and windy conditions. Defending champ, 2016 Olympian and acclaimed climber Luis Lemus (Team Cycling Academy Pro) guided his cousin De Luna Davila in the perfect position for the sprint out of a 15 racer group. Meanwhile Team Trek-Segafredo pro Julien Bernard suffered from dehydration in the relentless tropical heat of the paradise island.

Professional Triathlete Celine Schaefer from Switzerland lives in Cozumel so she’s used to the conditions. She took the win in 3:59:39, two minutes ahead of Gabriele Mijangos and Bianca Inigo Gomez (both Mexico).

“I’m glad I was able to keep the GFNY Cozumel title in the family,” said a delighted De Luna Davila at the finish. “I look forward to show that I can also climb at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC. It will be exciting to compete against riders from over 90 countries.”

Just over 2000 of the 2347 registered riders who traveled from over 40 countries finished the race. The race offers completely closed roads with a choice between the 160km “long route” (two loops of the island) and the 80km “medium route” (one loop). Both routes start and finish in the heart of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel and circumnavigate the island through tropical rain forest and along the 25-km-long spectacular ocean front on the island’s uninhabited east coast.

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.

GFNY Cozumel concluded the 2016 GFNY calendar of events. Riders will celebrated this occasion not only by racing hard but also by partying hard at the post race party held at legendary Senor Frogs.


1700 riders competed under ideal conditions


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The second annual GFNY Cozumel bike race was held this Sunday, November 22 in Cozumel, Mexico. 1700 Athletes from 35 countries such as South Africa, Australia, USA, Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany and nearly all Latin American countries, attended the event. Riders enjoyed fully closed roads under ideal conditions with unusual lack of trade winds and lots of Caribbean sunshine.

Before the race, GFNY Cozumel held a 2-day pre-race expo with 30 vendors and a Parade of Nations and Teams to celebrate the riders who came from near and far to compete in the event. The island of Cozumel provided a festive, tropical and safe setting for the entire peloton as well as family and friends.

On Sunday morning, the 160km-long race started out fast from the gun with speeds hitting 60km/h (38 mph). None of the immediate and relentless attacks lasted long. The lead peloton consisted of 50 riders, including all race favorites.

It took 80km for a group of five to successfully get away – and they were all Mexican: professional racer Luis Lemos, Carlos Hernandez Santana, Reyes Mesa, Andres Rivero and Johnny Valencia. With 20km to go, Lemos and Santana got away from the other three. Both worked together until 5km to go when Lemos started attacking Santana. With 500m to, Lemos finally succeeded and took the race. His time was 3:42:43, an average of 44km/h (27.3 mph).

Double GFNY NYC champ (2013 and 2015) Camila Cortes from Colombia was facing three strong Mexican competitors: Olympian Fabiola Corona, Alphanie Midelet and Victoria Madrigal. The four were watching each other closely during the whole race. Despite a lot of attacks throughout the 160km, the race came down to the last two kilometers through town. Cortes proved why she is the double GFNY NYC and GFNY Colombia champion – she distanced herself from her competitors and took the win in 3:45:12 – an average speed of 42.7km/h (26.5 mph)!

For the age groupers in the peloton, GFNY Cozumel 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.


GFNY Cozumel – the First Gran Fondo in Paradise



Stage two of the 2014/15 GFNY World series was held on the tropical island of Cozumel, Mexico at the inaugural GFNY Cozumel. A sold-out field of 1,000 riders competed over two distances in perfect weather conditions. While the course is completely flat, trade winds and the hot caribbean sun added two unique challenging elements for all event participants.

At GFNY Cozumel, “The First Gran Fondo in Paradise”, riders had the choice between the 100mi / 160km “long route” (two loops of the island) and the 50mi / 80km “medium route” (one loop). Both routes started and finished in the heart of the town of San Miguel de Cozumel and circumnavigated the island through tropical rain forest and along the 20-mile-long spectacular ocean front on the island’s uninhabited east coast.

Luisiano Cannizzaro and Maria Giacinta Cannas won the long course in a time of 3:23:53 (38.3km/h) and 4:05:14 (31.8km/h), respectively. While only the top 10% finishers of all age groups qualified for a racer corral seeding at the GFNY Championship in NYC on May 17, 2015, everyone enjoyed the spectacular course in beautiful sunny weather with temperatures reaching 30C/86F. Riders traveled to the island of Cozumel from Mexico, the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, Colombia, Brazil and many more countries. Participants came from 28 countries to take part in the event, from as far away as Australia.

“GFNY Cozumel was amazingly well organized by the local team from Paradise Sports Management and received full support by the local, regional and even national government officials. That’s something we have never seen anywhere in the world,” says Uli Fluhme, CEO of Gran Fondo New York. “The roads on the island where shut down for the riders, 500 volunteers were on hand and everyone came out to cheer and support the athletes. They truly were treated like pros for this day.”

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