At GFNY, we know the dedication to achieve goals and reach the finish line is not just solely the athlete's, but also involves family, partners, and friends - the people in our lives who support their athlete each day throughout the journey to the race’s start line and finish line - through the training, the planning, the logistics, the travel.
We want to bring the GFNY Supporters into the race week experience as much as possible! Below please find some important safety and logistics information, as well as helpful advice to make the race week experience as enjoyable as possible.
Family members and friends are welcome to join GFNY riders at the packet pickup and expo.
The best spots to cheer on your athlete:
IMPORTANT: Some roads on the race course are fully closed to cars & general public, and some road are open but have traffic moderated. However, private support cars are PROHIBITED from driving on the race course at any point. Riders have full event support from the race. Imagine all 1000 riders having their own personal support car - the traffic it would create, the bad rider experience, and above all the unsafe conditions. Private support vehicles are not permitted and any riders having support cars causing unsafe conditions for other cyclists and traffic impacts will be disqualified from the race.
For supporters who want to be an even greater part of GFNY race weekend, we’d love your help, excitement and energy during the race as a volunteer! GFNY has a variety of volunteer roles, from packing goodie bags, to handing out race packets, to supporting the start line or finish line, or along the course at an aid station. Volunteer needs span the days before the race and race day itself; if you have a day with some time available, there is a volunteer shift that can be the right fit for you! Go GFNY Volunteers! Thank you!
Expo & Registration
The fastest and most comfortable way to get to the start is by private transportation like taxi or car service. For groups of 5 or more, we recommend to book a Mercedes Sprinter or Mini Bus.
GFNY BEAR 50 FINISH, PICK UP AT BEAR MOUNTAIN:
Address: Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
Instructions: Private cars that are utilizing the Palisades Interstate Parkway should travel on Route 6, and then access Bear Mountain Inn parking lot via the Northern entrance from Route 9W. (Exit 19 and Southern entrance from Route 9W is closed to cars.)
Note for Cars: Go to the Bear Mountain Inn parking lot. There is a parking fee of $10. The car MUST utilize the parking lot because idling on the side of the road while waiting for their rider is NOT PERMITTED. State Police will be issuing tickets to cars standing on the side of the road, and the ticket fees will be higher than the $10 parking fee.
Note for GFNY Riders: You can have your family or friend or private car service pick you up at Bear Mountain. You are not required to take the GFNY Shuttle Bus. Ask your ride to go to the Bear Mountain Inn parking lot.
GFNY BEAR 50 finishes at the top of Bear Mountain. At the top of the mountain you will see a timing mat to mark the end of timing. There will be finisher medals. And an aid station just after with food, hydration and toilets.
If you checked a bag at GWB, you will need to stop at the GFNY Bear Shuttle Point, which is located half way down the mountain. After that, you can descend down Seven Lakes Drive and meet them at the Bear Mountain Inn parking lot.