Be a Pro For a Day

The inaugural GFNY NYC race was held in 2011 and since then, GFNY has expanded to global series of over 30 events. Today, GFNY is the largest global cycling marathon brand, offering events, cycling apparel, casual apparel, gear, sunglasses and coffee to passionate cyclists around the world.

GFNY NYC serves as the GFNY World Championship and every May, cyclists descend onto New York City and the starting line on the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge, which is fully closed to cars for GFNY. The race features the most international peloton in the world with riders from almost 100 nations coming together from all corners of the world to challenge themselves against the clock and fellow riders over the iconic route. GFNY World Championship has become a mecca for road cyclists from around the world.

GFNY is a race and personal challenge. Every rider gets chip timed from start to finish regardless if they compete for the win, to set a personal best or just to complete the event.

First and foremost, ALL riders regardless of ability, talent, level or placement in the start corrals can expect to be treated like 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.

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The Course

GFNY World Championship NYC is the world’s most international cycling race, with a peloton traveling to NYC from over 90 countries to take on the challenging race course. The scene that GFNY brings together during race week is as diverse, colorful and warm as the race venue itself.
 
Race week activities are centered around the George Washington Bridge and Fort Lee, New Jersey. The GFNY Village location is easily accessible to both New York City and the beautiful Hudson Valley that unfolds before you on race day. Group Rides, the Welcome Zone, Registration and Packet Pickup, NYC Bike Expo and the Bike Zone are all located in the GFNY Village.
 
On race day, you are treated to a start on the iconic George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest bridge, which gets closed to traffic especially for GFNY to provide you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At dawn, GFNY cyclists take their places in their start corrals. The sunrise reveals the skyline of New York City to the south, and the picturesque and historic Hudson Valley to the north. 
 
The course takes you through the historic Palisades and up Route 9W. After the initial 10 miles in northern New Jersey, you continue cycling north in New York State along tree lined roads, rolling hills, and speedy flats, at times so close to the banks of the historic Hudson river that you can reach out and touch it.

The climbing begins in earnest at Mott Farm Road. Gate Hill and Cheesecote are the named ones but there are several others. Winding through picturesque Rockland County you will then get back to the Palisades. With two miles to go tackle the final climb to the finish line in Fort Lee.
 
The entire finish village is alive with music, photos, podium ceremonies and a well-earned post-race meal for the racers. The Drink Stand, Pasta Party, BBQ and Beer and Wine Garden are open to cyclists, families and spectators and have food and drinks available for purchase.
 
All this makes GFNY NYC an extraordinary, unforgettable bike party and the Mecca of GFNY.

Top 20% of finishers in each age at the GFNY World Championship earn a spot for the Qualifier Corral at every GFNY World event.

Course Map

Perks included as part of GFNY NYC


THE JERSEY:
All riders receive the official GFNY race jersey, which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.

CHIP TIMING: GFNY is a timed race. Each athlete has their own timing chip, which starts right after you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Timing results will be available at gfny.cc/results.

FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2024 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

GFNY Gear

Train with GFNY to have your best race

What are your GFNY goals?
            Podium!
            Qualify (finish in the top 10% of my age group)
            Improve my time
            Finish the race


GFNY Coaching is here to help you prepare for your best race day. We offer these t
wo options:
 
a) Get a GFNY Coach for personalized training: maximize results with the time you have available.
b) Get one of our GFNY specific training plans on TrainingPeaks: structure, expert advice and a motivation boost with flexibility to match your life.

GFNY Coaching

The personalized training plan written by your GFNY Coach is tailored to your schedule, cycling experience, fitness and goals. GFNY Coaches are qualified coaches with years of success in working with athletes of all fitness levels. 

No matter your goals or your cycling experience, with GFNY Coaching you get personalized training plans, advice, and guidance to focus on your target race. Whether you have a couple of months to tune-up, or half a year to change yourself completely as a rider, you will be ready to earn that PR, get your highest placing ever, or finish your first GFNY race.

Let the GFNY experts at GFNY Coaching prepare you. GFNY coaches have raced GFNYs and understand the demands of every race and course on the calendar.

Training Plans on TrainingPeaks

Benefit from training structure and work out smarter by following a GFNY training plan. The easy-to-follow GFNY training plans are designed to give you flexibility and control over your training process and adjust based on how you feel, the weather and your physical condition.

The plans are written by GFNY Coaches, with options based on your cycling experience, and are tailored for the type of GFNY race course you’ll be racing - flat-to-rolling, or mountains.

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 to every GFNY athlete. 

News

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Athletes' Choice Awards 2023

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VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè confirmed for GP New York City

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GFNY announces UCI pro race Gran Premio New York City

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GFNY announces GFNY Miami

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GFNY announces GFNY Kota Kinabalu

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Coaching

How to train for a 3-timer medal

02 Jun 2023

If you’re planning to participate in three GFNY races in a season to get your 3-timr medal, it’s important to schedule a training plan that will help you prepare for each race and ensure that

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GFNY announces GFNY York, Pennsylvania

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Coaching

How to prep your bike for a GFNY

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If you’re participating in a GFNY, it’s essential to ensure that your bike is in excellent condition. Preparing your bike for a GFNY involves more than just pumping up the tires and oiling the

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Coaching

5 tips on riding in a peloton

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Riding in a peloton is a fundamental aspect of road cycling, and it’s essential to master the art of group riding if you want to improve your performance. A peloton, which refers to a

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6 tips on how to improve your climbing

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Climbing is a challenging aspect of cycling that requires both physical and mental strength. Whether you’re training for a mountainous race or simply looking to improve your climbing abilities, there are several strategies that

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5 tips on how you can mentally prepare for a cycling race

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The 2023 GFNY NYC Jersey

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The all new, 100% Made in Italy GFNY race jersey features a lighter, softer and even more breathable fabric on the back slightly angled outside back pockets for easier access a more modern

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GFNY announces GFNY Khao Yai

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GFNY announces GFNY Mandalika

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International Women’s Day spotlight

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Your 2023 GFNY World Races

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Athletes' Choice Awards

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New: Largest Club Category

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TrainingPeaks - Official Partner

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GFNY announces GFNY Maryland (USA)

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GFNY Puerto Rico is announced as the GFNY North American Championship

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Veteran Endurance Rider Takes on GFNY

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