New to GFNY

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in GFNY! We’re happy that you’re here. 
 
If you are reading this page, you're probably thinking: What do I do next? It takes 3 steps to earn your GFNY finisher medal: 
  1. Register now.
  2. Train.
  3. Race.
These three steps are simple, but they are not easy. Nothing easy is worth doing.

What is GFNY?

GFNY is the global endurance sports brand. GFNY provides you a consistent set of rules, an international peloton and races at destinations that offer a great athlete and family experience. At GFNY, you get the chance to race your best, test our physical and mental fortitude, overcome barriers and reach the finish line.

GFNY stands for Gran Fondo New York. “Gran Fondo” is the Italian term for “big challenge” and stems from skiing, swimming and cycling endurance races that started in the 1950s. GFNY brought the open-to-all marathon format known in running to cycling in 2010.

Read more about GFNY here: gfny.com/about/

GFNY is open to everyone

GFNY is open to all fitness levels and to any athlete over age of 18 (or 19 at select races, e.g., GFNY Italia). To register, go to gfny.cc/user/register or go to the race’s website and register there. You do not need to qualify to take part in GFNY. You don’t need to be a licensed racer with your federation to take part in GFNY. 
 
GFNY is a personal endurance challenge where you compete against others, the clock and yourself. Some athletes will compete for the podium, others will do their best to beat the cut-off. GFNY is about doing your best. You make the event what you want it to be. But it is meant to be a personal challenge. 
 
You can choose between two distances: long route and medium route. The medium course is a non-competitive, recreational ride. Your total time is provided, but there are no rankings. The long route riders are taking part in a competitive race. All finishers are ranked overall and in their age group.

What can you expect on race day?

Every athlete regardless of ability, talent, level or placement in the start corrals will BE A PRO FOR A DAY ®. The entire racecourse is police-monitored for start-to-finish chip timing of all riders. The course has cheering friendly volunteers and fully stocked aid stations to keep you fueled. The race staff ensures whatever your pace, you will receive the same support and treatment for your entire race.

GFNY World events provide you that same challenge in locations around the world. Additionally, you get the chance to earn a spot in the qualifier corral at every GFNY. All GFNY events provide the following for you to BE A PRO FOR A DAY:

  • Mass start
  • Individual chip timing from start to finish with awards for all categories
  • Closed roads or police moderated traffic that ensures you don't have to stop during the race

Select your race

If you already know what race you want to take part in, great! If you are looking to find a good first race, use our Race Finder to find the race best suited to your schedule and desired location.

Register

You can register from your race’s website or from inside your gfny.cc account by going to gfny.cc/user/register.

GFNY Club

More than just a race! Become an official part of the GFNY family and enjoy exclusive GFNY Club benefits like coaching and gear discounts, group rides, Club start corral, and more. 
 

GFNY Coaching

Make cycling part of your routine. Check with your selected GFNY race about pre-race group rides and look for a local club you can ride with. 
 
Coaching.gfny.com is a platform to help you find your best GFNY performance through personalized training plans, performance analysis, online meetings and an extensive library of training content.
 
You can choose from one of three monthly plan options that provides you with a training plan by a GFNY coach to help you meet your goals in your next GFNY, whether the goal is #breaking10, #breaking6, or even #breaking4. All of our plans are customized for each athlete, and feedback and coach contact is always included. GFNY Coaching is available in English and Spanish.
 
No matter your goals or level of experience in cycling, whether you have a couple of months to tune-up, or half a year to change yourself completely as an athlete, you will be ready to hit that PB, get your highest placing ever, or just finish your first GFNY race.

GFNY Training Center

The GFNY Training Center section of coaching.gfny.com provides you content focused on training topics like nutrition, cadence, and power, as well as course guides to GFNY races around the World. This training and course strategy content is free of charge to every GFNY athlete. 

GFNY Gear

Train in comfort and style! Check out the GFNY Shop for GFNY gear for all weather conditions (tropical heat & humidity, summer, fall/spring and winter). All GFNY cycling apparel is Made in Italy by the world’s best cycling apparel factory. GFNY uses only the lightest, most breathable fabrics, the best fitting cuts and great designs to make you look and feel like a million bucks as you prepare for race day.

Planning the race & travel

Every race has detailed travel information available to make your travel experience smooth and seamless. Check out the TRAVEL section of your race’s website to plan your travel dates, which airport to fly into, official partner hotels, ground transfers, local tourism attractions, bike shop information and more.
 
Check whether your race has any document requirements, such as a license or medical certificate for select races. Some races (e.g. GFNY France, GFNY Italia) require you to have a license, and if you do not have that race’s domestic annual license or an annual international UCI license, you must present a medical certificate and purchase a 1-day license. Some races require you to present a medical certificate but do not require a license (e.g., GFNY Argentina, GFNY Uruguay).
 
Be sure to purchase travel insurance to provide you protection for your trip in case of travel delays, or medical or car issues while you are abroad.
 
Check for bike information like local bike shop services at your race location, policies of your selected airline to travel with your bike and book a bike maintenance appointment with your local shop about 1 month out from the race to check everything and give yourself time to dial everything in with your bike ahead of traveling to the race. Or if the race is local to you, be sure to visit your bike shop ahead of race week, before your local shops will be busy from out-of-area visitors.

Category, data and distance changes

During registration, you select your preferred racing distance (medium or long), category (Individual or Him & Her), team name, jersey size, country represented and other personal data. 
 
Making changes online: You can edit certain ticket information anytime until 21 days before the race by logging into your gfny.cc account and editing your ticket. 
 
If you are unable to make a change and need help, contact us.
 
Making changes on-site: If you miss the 21-day data changes cutoff, no problem - come to Registrations & Data Changes booth at the expo and we will make your category / data / distance change onsite.
 
If your jersey does not fit you, we offer a Jersey Exchange booth at the expo. We will do our best to provide an exchange jersey in, or near, your ideal size.
 
You can change your race distance even during the race. Your ticket is your entry into the race, regardless of the distance you complete. There are various check points along the course. As you pass various check points, the timing chip on your bike detects which course you are riding.
 
If you signed up for the medium route but are feeling great and want to take on the long course, you can. If you signed up for the long route and are not feeling like today is the day to accomplish this goal, you can switch to the medium course.The timing company at the race is reviewing the points where your timing chip was detected and reclassifies any rider to the distance they rode.

Contact us with any questions

After reading the race website and Race Guide, if you still have questions about your race that were not answered, please contact your race organizer via the race’s Contact Us page. 
 
We wish you Happy Training! Best of Luck for your race! And we look forward to seeing you again at another GFNY finish line real soon!