Group Rides

Welcome!

The Gruppo Sportivo or GS-GFNY are happy to have you aboard for our Sunday group rides leading up to the #thirdSundayinMay – in 2021 that’s May 16! To participate in the group rides you only need to be registered for the race, be self-sufficient on your bike and follow some basic ground rules. 

The group rides provide riders registered for GFNY NYC 2021 the opportunity to meet other riders, reconnect with riders you may know already, learn some new skills, and start to build up the base miles that you will need to have a great day on the bike at the GFNY NYC World Championship. Above all, the rides are designed to show you the course, and to keep enjoying cycling all winter long and into the Spring. Let’s face it, these rides will keep you motivated on days when the couch seems like a much better idea. Trust us – it isn’t! When attending each week, you may eventually find yourself ready to try riding with a faster group, climbing more confidently, or handling the elements. Whatever your desired result, it’s the proven preparation for your best GFNY Championship NYC performance.

GFNY group rides begin December 6th and roll all winter on the GFNY NYC course, and are broken up into groups to match your ability. Each group has a ride guide who's there to keep things organized, safe and productive. 

What you have to do

  1. To ride along during our GFNY NYC group rides, you need to register for GFNY NYC, become a member of GFNY Club or even better, do both!
    1. Register for GFNY NYC at NYC.gfny.com/register 
    2. Join the GFNY Club
  2. Register for the ride on GFNY.cc.
  3. Register EACH WEEK for the ride that Sunday.
To join other GFNY Group Rides visit gfny.cc/user/register and select "Group Rides" to find rides close to you. Note, that GFNY Group Rides are generally for registered participants of the race, or for GFNY Club members.

Ride location

Three groups that will go out each Sunday at 9AM from Allison Park in Englewood Cliffs, NJ – just a few feet North of Fort Lee. Here is a map link for easy reference https://goo.gl/maps/fBBumaKpf9ktA1YD6.

Why the switch – Allison Park provides us the opportunity to create the social distancing we require, gather safely, brief all riders, and roll out with less traffic management.

Allison Park (part of Palisades Interstate Park)
Allison Park Road, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Group Speeds

Rides are broken up into groups by level: A, B and C. You can expect the following average speeds in each group:

Group A rides about 18-20 mph on average.

Group B rides about 16-18 mph on average.

Group C rides about 13-16 mph on average.

Group C is a no-drop ride, meaning the pace will be adapted to that of the slowest riders. Group A and Group B riders should be prepared to handle the pace, or to drop back to a slower group if need be. 

Distances will vary from week to week, and progressively build from base building phase December-January to extending distance from February until race day. You can find route details each week shared to the GFNY Facebook page

Ride Rules

Please take note of the ride rules, as well as the additional COVID rules listed below. 

  • You MUST sign up and follow all ride rules. 
  • Bring all the food/drink/spare tubes/some cash/credit cards etc. that you may need.
  • Wear a helmet, obey all traffic laws and follow the instructions of the ride leaders.
  • Ride single file.
  • YOU ARE RIDING AT YOUR OWN RISK AT ALL TIMES.

Additional COVID Rules

  1. NO REGISTRATION for that week's ride means you CANNOT RIDE. No exceptions as we must adhere to COVID regulations and need your details in the case of a need for contact tracing
  2. New start point at Allison Park
  3. Smaller pace groups of no more than 10 people each, meaning there will be more groups with fewer leaders per group (likely one each)
  4. Face coverings REQUIRED AT STOPS
  5. Social distancing REQUIRED AT STOPS
  6. No spitting or blowing of your nose into the air on the rides
  7. No formal group stops for the foreseeable future (leads will do their best to give guidance on accessible bathroom locations as the rides get longer)
  8. No paper waivers

Where we virtually meet

Our virtual hang-out is the GFNY Facebook group. Join us!

Further questions?

Please contact Jared at jared@gfny.com

Gruppo Sportivo

Our Gruppo Sportivo members are your GFNY NYC group ride leaders. 

Jared Skolnick

  • Head of Group Rides
  • GS Member since 2014

Jared loves the exercise, freedom and camaraderie that riding gives him. While solo rides serve as his personal meditation, he’d love to go on a ride with his cycling role model Jens Voigt. 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.” He also lost 20-pounds in his first training season and will never forget how much of a positive impact cycling has had on his well-being.

When Jared is not riding, he’s raving, sampling wine abroad with his wife or working in marketing.

Vito Valenteni

  • GS Member since 2012

Thomas Han

  • GS Member since 2016

Thomas is your man if you are seeking to finish GFNY in six hours - or even faster. He leads the A group on long endurance rides at a solid pace.

Born in Seoul, Thomas raced in the Vix Korea racing team and had multiple wins and podiums until he stopped racing in 2007.

Thomas is working at LG Electronics as a Home Appliances division manager. When not working, he loves mountain biking and rock climbing as well as road cycling and is a SICI Serotta certified bike fitter.

Mike Benowitz

  • GS Member since 2018 

Mike is a cycling tech geek. He loves discussing bicycles, groupsets, wheelsets and cycling electronics with anyone who will listen. He’s a five time GNY finisher, though it should be six. Next time you ride with him ask him why he had to abandon the EPIC 2013 GFNY NYC.

Mike loves cycling for the camaraderie and personal challenges it provides. Chatting on the flats and pushing hard on the climbs in hopes of topping his previous efforts.

Mike’s favorite climb is cheesecote. It’s challenging has great views and is close enough to his house that he can climb it early in the morning before work. 

Adrienne Carey

  • GS Member since 2018

Adrienne was intrigued by the “Green Jerseys” as a GFNY spectator and was looking for a new athletic challenge. So, she signed up the day after race day May 2015,  purchased a bike, showed up Day 1 of  the GFNY group rides, stayed committed,learned to become a cyclist and completed her first GFNY in 2016. Her passion for cycling is attributed to the GFNY and Gavia community who mentored and coached her along the way and she is eager to share that. Adrienne has completed 3 GFNY New York races and GFNY Portugal with plans for a GFNY trifecta in Italy, New York and Portugal for 2019. Adrienne is working as a Director of Nursing, and completing her Master’s Degree. Adrienne has a husband and 4 daughters who not only endure her love of pink and fitness but treasure their quality time “stalking” her on Oak Tree or Bear during ride days with her cycling friends. 

Hector Vinasco

  • GS Member since 2018

Hector is a skilled athlete who played soccer in his teens and transitioned to cycling. He was a competitive cyclist in Colombia and the United States. Hector is a 3x GFNY New York, 2x GFNY Cozumel and GFNY Colombia finisher. Hector is a family man who is always approachable and willing to lend a friendly hand to help others to enjoy and race like a pro. 

Chris Geiser

  • GS Member since 2019

Chris has been riding GFNY since 2014, and has since ridden in 14 GFNY events in North America, South America, and Europe and has been a 3x GFNY finisher in both 2018 and 2019. As much as Chris enjoys competing in GFNY events, he loves to write about his adventures with GFNY and about cycling in general. Chris feels that of all the GFNY courses he has competed on, the GFNY NYC course still remains the most difficult for having a “complete” race, and considers the Col d’Andrea Pinarello his personal nemesis.

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