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Gruppo Sportivo

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Vito Valentini

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Vito’s passion is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. It’s no wonder that he is referred to as the Human Potential Catalyst. No matter how rookie or slow you think you are, Vito will take care of you and show you what you can achieve with work, persistance and a smile. Vito’s guide “How to survive GFNY” quickly became the hottest traded stock in the weeks before GFNY 2012.

Vito is the Founder of Gavia Cycling, a cycling coaching/training center and outdoor group ride community located in Englewood Cliffs on the border of GFNY finish town Fort Lee.

JARED SKOLNICK

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Jared loves the exercise, freedom and camaraderie that riding gives him. Jared joined Gruppo Sportivo for two reasons: for the challenge and spectacle of GFNY and because he embraces proper group ride etiquette. “When each ride becomes a race, among individuals or smaller groups, there is little joy in the group ride. Racing is terrific, but its place is on a closed course, not an open road with many riders of varying abilities. That’s the place to share, learn, ride and socialize.”

In 2016, Jared started the GFNY Racing team. Make sure you follow their exploits on Instagram and Facebook.

When Jared is not riding, he enjoys rock climbing, wine, and raves; but no raving the night before a group ride!

Heidi Broecking

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Heidi loves the sense of family in the cycling community, especially the GFNY community. She’s inspired by the support and encouragement riders give each other. When not riding, Heidi works as a graphic designer, yoga/movement teacher and is the proud mom of a college junior.

GFNY runs through her “back yard” in Nyack. The route and hills are part of her regular rides. Her favorite GFNY climb is unquestionably Bear Mountain. “The long, gradual ascent with stunning views of the Hudson River at every corner is breathtaking.”

Frank Lee

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Frank calls himself “a Korean-Canadian who thinks he is Italian” which led Vito to exclusively call him “Don Francesco”. Bear Mountain is Frank’s favorite place and unsurprisingly his Everesting playground. Frank appreciates the authenticity of the larger community and family of GFNY. That said, his dream is to ride GFNY with his wife and daughter in the near future. Speaking of future: Frank is the guy you see on TV when LG is introducing their latest high tech.

Thomas Han

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Thomas is a decorated pro MTBer and roadie back in his former home Korea. Today, he is a MS BI Analyst at LG dealing with all kinds of business processes, DB and KPI related matters.

As well as road racing, he recently started local CX races with his FreeRide MTB so that he can vaguely recall the memories of XC racing in mountains. He is willing to do anything related to cycling no matter what the discipline would be. However, breaking his previous time at the GFNY World Championship is his primary goal.

Michael Willett

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Michael particularly enjoys the freedom and outlet cycling provides whether it’s a flat fast circuit race, a hilly GFNY or just a simple commute from one side of NYC to the other.

He loves GFNY for the camaraderie, the NYC experience, the community, his local roads, the challenge and all the support. Michael enjoys helping and enhancing others’ experiences which is the biggest reason why he wanted to be a part of Gruppo Sportivo.

“If I can have a positive impact on just one cyclist this year during the lead up and then GFNY itself, it would be a success.”

Off the bike, Michael works in IT, managing a group of IT Professionals that define what the user experience (UX) is and will be for years to come.

Lidia Fluhme

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Lidia is a 7-time Ironman Hawaii finisher with an Ironman PR of 10:22. In 2011 she discovered that she can also kick butt in a race that doesn’t involve swimming or running. Lidia’s love for all things NYC run deep, she’s a New Yorker of over 20 years. Her resume includes investment banking, modeling and an MBA from NYU, now Lidia is the co-founder and President of GFNY.

Uli Fluhme

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Uli is looking back at 15 years of Gran Fondo experience. Having grown up as a pure road racer, he briefly competed at Ironman triathlon professionally (PR: 8:59). After five years as an attorney at a financial institution, he thought it was time to move on. With Lidia’s help, in 2010 he put his two favorite things together: Gran Fondo and New York. Today, Uli is the CEO of GFNY.

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