September 3, 2017
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Hamelin is two hours by car from Germany’s major airports in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.
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Inaugural GFNY Deutschland Provided Riders from 18 Nations 166km of Fully Closed-to-Traffic Cycling in Northern Germany
The racers of inaugural GFNY Deutschland faced hot summer conditions and enjoyed fully closed roads, postcard-worthy scenery and great spectator support along the entire race route. Police forces and over 250 road side volunteers sealed off all vehicular traffic to provide unparalleled racing conditions to all riders.
GFNY Deutschland offered two distances: a 166km / 103mi long route with 2,178m / 7,146ft of climbing and a medium route of 110km / 66mi with 1,420m / 4,659ft of climbing.
The 166k race was marked by numerous attacks. While no riders were able to gap the peloton definitively, each attack shrunk the group of contenders until a bunch of 10 tackled the last climb with 10km to go to the finish. At the end, Christian Zucker out sprinted Carlo Mario and won in 4:43:09h. Both riders were the freshest after having spent the day at the back of the lead group. Arne Frank completed the all German podium.
Ekaterina Chungunkova from Moscow, who last year raced for the Italian team De Rosa Santini, won the women’s race in 5:11:22h. She distanced GFNY President Lidia Fluhme (USA) by 21 minutes. Third place went to Patrizia Hagen from Germany, a further 11 minutes back.
“Racing on fully closed roads was phenomenal,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “Being able to descent full gas and not having to expect a car is a unique privilege usually reserved for top professional races. GFNY Deutschland really allowed the riders to Be a Pro for a Day.”
While only few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, many aimed 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.