GFNY Republica Dominicana
GFNY Republica Dominicana will take place in Punta Cana, the resort town located in the most eastern part of República Dominicana. Punta Cana is the second most popular tourist destination in Latin America. You will be able to enjoy the white sand beaches, blue turquoise water, and tropical weather. There are direct flights from 28 countries to the Punta Cana Airport which is only 15min away from the Punta Cana Area.
During race week, Blue Mall Punta Cana is the place to be for all GFNY activities such as the expo, pre-race group rides, the start & finish line, and post-race activities. The GFNY Republica Dominicana team has created two beautiful courses for this GFNY. The long competitive course clocks in at 149.7 kilometer, and an elevation of 962m. The medium, the non-competitive course has a total distance of 93.8 kilometers and an elevation of 381m.
Let’s have a closer look on how to tackle the GFNY Republica Dominicana course and what to expect on race day.
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Make sure that you have a short warm up, because GFNY Republica Dominicana field will take off fast. Check the weather forecast to know where the wind will be coming from. If the wind comes from the east then you will have the first 10km with the wind from your right side. Try to cover yourself from the wind by staying in a group and don’t waste your energy in the early part of the race. After 10km the course will turn to the left, and this means that you will have a tailwind and that the speed of the race field will increase.
The first 47km are the easiest, with a few rolling hills and a likely tailwind. Be smart and don’t burn too much energy yet, and find yourself a group that matches your speed to work with. Be sure to eat and drink enough during the first 47km as you will need to keep your energy topped up. The Medium Course Riders will make a small loop 47kilometers in, and they will head back to Punta Cana to finish their GFNY race day.
The next 20km you will be your last chance for active recovery before making the U-turn and heading back to Punta Cana. The long competitive course doesn’t go out and back on the same road. You will have a 30km loop in the hinterland of República Dominicana where you will experience some rolling hills. This 30km section is where you can attack and try to drop some of the riders in your group.
At 117 kilometers into the course, you will make your way back to the road that will take you back to Punta Cana. You are riding to the east and you will now have the head wind for the next 20km before the course turns more to the right and the wind will come from your left side. The last 10km of GFNY Republica Dominicana is another opportunity to attack and see if you can drop a few riders using the difficulty of the wind as your motivation for going harder.