Alpecin Deceuninck is racing GP New York City

On May 19, 2024, the pro cyclists will start 15 minutes ahead of the GFNY mass participation race with thousands of riders



NEW YORK CITY, May 10, 2024 – The inaugural UCI 1.2 men elite pro race Gran Premio New York City will be held on May 19, 2024 on the same course and same day as the 12th annual mass participation race Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship NYC.


The teams

20 teams from over 10 countries will make GP NYC an exciting race. European Pro Tour teams with Grand Tour pedigree will lead the field, followed by Continental Pro teams from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Elite teams receiving wild cards will round out the field and get to measure themselves with the very best.


Team Alpecin Deceuninck (BEL)

Belgian top team Alpecin Deceuninck brings a young and hungry squad to New York City. Leading the team is reigning Under-23 World Champion and Volta a Catalunya stage winner Axel Laurance from France. He’ll have Zwift Academy winner Louis Kitzki (Germany) on his side who will face Zwift Academy runner-up Mattia Gaffuri (Team GFNY) for the first time in a pro road race.

Racing GP NYC  is a unique opportunity for us, not the least because we are able to show off our team sponsors outside of Europe,” says Team owner Philip Roodhooft. “With Axel Laurance as the team’s main rider, we are looking forward to going all out and gaining a top result!”

“We’re particularly excited to have one of the world’s best teams with Alpecin Deceuninck at GP NYC” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “It will take a complete rider to win on this tough, spring classics style course. Laurance has what it takes and will be among the favorites.”


Already announced Teams:


Pro Tour

VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè (ITA)

Corratec-Vini Fantini (ITA)


Continental Pro

Trinity Racing (UK)

Project Echelon Racing (USA)

Hustle Pro Cycling (Canada)

Skyline – Cadence Pro Cycling (USA)

Novo Nordisk Development (USA)

Mito Q – NZ Cycling Project (New Zealand)

Canel’s-Java (Mexico)

Team Medellin (Colombia)

Team Lotto (Belgium)

Alpecin Deceuninck (Belgium)



Cannondale Echelon p/b 4iiii (Canada)

CLN-Wiawis (Switzerland)

CS Velo Racing (USA)

Team California (USA)

Team Jamison (USA)



Stay tuned for the next announcements.


World premiere

Holding a professional and mass-participation race at the same time on the same course is an event format never held before in cycling, although it’s commonly done in running and triathlon. GFNY is taking a revolutionary step to bring professional and mass participation racing together to augment both race fields and take advantage of existing operations, logistics and exposure.


The course

In this revolutionary format for cycling, the 150 pros from 20 teams will line up 15 minutes before the thousands of amateurs on the closed-to-traffic lower level of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge on May 19, 2024. 

Both the pro and amateur races are held on the same one-loop course of 85 miles (137 km) and 6,500ft (2000m) of climbing that has the characteristics of a Belgian spring classic which favors allrounders.

The start area looking over the NYC skyline, suspended over the Hudson River, with upbeat music, interviews, announcements and pre-race excitement offers the most amazing race start in cycling.

The course passes through charming towns, beautiful nature and challenging climbs of Bergen County and Rockland County and the metropolitan life of the world’s capital, New York City.

The race’s finish line and post-race festival are located in Fort Lee, NJ, providing easy access to NYC, airports, hotels, restaurants, highways, and more.



The format of this event, with a professional race and a large-scale international mass participation race taking place on the same course at the same time, is providing an unparalleled exposure opportunity.

Cycling embodies the two most relevant topics of our time: health and the environment. GFNY adds to your company as a brand concerned with and engaged in these topics.

If your company or organization is interested to align with this modern health & eco brand, GFNY, as well as be a part of this revolutionary, inaugural, unparalleled event, please reach out to GFNY. There are a variety of experiential, engagement and visibility opportunities available, both in-person and via the live broadcast.


More news to come

As GFNY prepares for this ground-breaking race format, more news about the race is going to be shared. Stay tuned in the GFNY facebook page, on instagram, subscribe to GFNY email newsletters by going to and providing your email address.



About GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series

GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series is a sports event company with three decades of experience in racing, planning and organizing events. The global endurance sports brand hosts multiple events throughout the year around the world on five continents.

Working with partners around the world to deliver a first-class experience, GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series puts its athletes first.

The official GFNY website is:


Cycling – Mass Participation

Dozens of races held around the world. View the latest calendar here.

Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY ® by competing against others, themselves and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.

Top 10% (20% at regional championships) of finishers in each age group qualify for the Elite Qualifier Corral at every GFNY World event.


Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship NYC

The 12th annual Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2024. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. It is so international, it’s often described as the United Nations of cycling. Athletes take on a challenging route to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.

The official Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship NYC website is:


Cycling – Pro Racing

Gran Premio New York City is the inaugural UCI 1.2 pro race on May 19, 2024. 25 professional teams will race the same course as riders at the Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship NYC – but with a 15 minute head start.


Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Press Images: here 

GFNY Results: here

GFNY World calendar graphic: here

Previous GFNY press releases: here


Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.

Uli Fluhme,

Caroline Lindsay,

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