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Getting ready for a Gran Fondo in Italy
What’s the schedule at a glance?
Friday March 17
- packet pickup
Saturday March 18
- packet pickup
- Short Stage
Sunday March 19:
- 7am to 8.30am Packet pickup
- 8.00am opening of start area
- 9.00am start granfondo
- 11am begin of festivities
- 3pm award ceremonies and raffles
- 3pm close of the course
- 5pm end of festivities
How long are the stages?
Uphill Time Trial: about 2.5km with 180m of climbing
Circuit Race: 60km undulating
Granfondo: 125km with 1,738m of climbing
What is included with the entry?
Race jersey, various GFNY goodies, course marking, aid stations, post ride food and drink, competition and raffle prizes and much, much more.
How does the timing work?
You will be chip timed. The chip can be rented (5 Euro) or purchased (10 Euro) at packet pickup.
Do I need a racing licence to participate?
No, a racing licence is not needed or required BUT if you don’t have one you need a medical certificate stating that you are in good health.
So is this a race only for racers?
No, not at all. GFNY is open to all fitness levels. Some will compete for prizes, others will do their best to beat the cut-off. A GFNY event is about doing your best whether it is competing for prizes or beating the cut-off.
Is there a minimum age for participants?
Riders must be 18 or older to particpate.
Where and how do I register?
Our registration partner is Eventbrite. They make registration a fast and simple process. Click on this link: www.gfnyitalia.eventbrite.com
I can’t start. Can I get a refund or do a transfer to another rider?
There are no refunds, transfers or deferrals.
What type of bike can I ride for the event?
We suggest to use a road bike as it is the best option to ride in groups. Its light weight makes climbing easier.
Tandems, recumbent bikes, trailers, triathlon bikes, time trial bikes and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.
Is it timed?
Yes, every rider will receive his/her start to finish time. The timing chip can be rented (5 Euro) or purchased at packet pickup.
What are the categories?
Top three in each category are eligible for prizes from event sponsors.
- Overall (top 3)
- 18-29 F (top 3)
- 18-29 M (top 3)
- 30-39 F (top 3)
- 30-34 M (top 3)
- 35-39 M (top 3)
- 40+ F (top 3)
- 40-44 (top 3)
- 45-49 (top 3)
- 50-54 (top 3)
- 55-59 (top 3)
- 60-64 (top 3)
- 65+ (top 3)
What are the prizes?
There will be various product prizes from our sponsors for the top finishers.
BEFORE THE RACE
Where do I stay overnight?
You can find information on our partner hotels here. Reserve your hotel as early as possible. Rooms are likely to be filled.
I am traveling from far away and don’t want to bring my own bike. Can I rent a bike somewhere?
You can find bike rental information here.
Where do I pick up my start number, jersey, chip and goodie bag (‘pacco gara’)?
Can I pick up my packet on the morning of the event?
Can someone else pick up the packet for me?
Yes. Please provide proof of registration and a copy of the rider’s ID.
What do I have to wear?
The official jersey must be worn on Sunday. Helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times. Headphones of any kind are not allowed.
Where do I park?
There is ample local street parking.
Do you provide bag drop?
Does GFNY start if it’s raining?
Yes, rain or shine unless the event is cancelled by the authorities due to e.g. a severe storm.
How do riders line up at the start?
Riders will be seeded by date of registration.
I’m riding the event with my friends. Can we all line up together in the same corral?
Yes, you can line up together towards the back unless you all wear the official race jersey which allows you to be in the front.
DURING THE RACE
How many aid stations does GFNY have and what do they provide?
There will be four aid stations spread out along the course of the granfondo with solid food and fluids as well as at the finish. There are no aid stations for the time trial and circuit race.
Please note that there will be no food or water at the start available. Make sure your bottles are filled and carry a snack that keeps you going for the first part of the ride.
Are the roads closed for traffic?
Some but not all roads will be closed for traffic. At all times, however, riders have to obey to traffic laws and ride on the right hand side of the street. Riders have to follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers to avoid disqualification.
How fast do I have to ride?
GFNY is about riding a tough course as quickly as possible according to the rider’s fitness.
Will there be restrooms at the start/finish and on the course?
No. Please use the bathrooms in your hotel before the start. Italian cyclists go to a bar before the start, order an espresso and then use the bathroom of the bar.
If I have a mechanical issue on the course, what do I do?
We highly encourage all participants to know basic safety and repair skills, including in particular fixing a flat tire. Be prepared and bring your own pump and extra tubes for your bike. Make sure you bring your bike to your local bike shop or one of our partner bike shops in the weeks leading up to the event.
If I need medical service, what do I do?
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on the course and on call.
I never rode in a large group before. What do I have to be concerned about?
Group riding is faster as you save about 30% energy in a draft. It takes a bit of skill to get used to riding closely behind someone else’s wheel. Ideally, you find a riding partner to practice. If you live in the NYC area, you can take advantage of our free training rides for registered participants and practice group riding.
Where is the finish?
For the granfondo, the finish is in Terracina, at the same place as the start.
How do my family and friends get to the finish?
We suggest walking, riding by bike or driving, depending how far the hotel is from the finish.
When and where do I find the results?
We are announcing the winners at the awards ceremony and the full results will be online at www.mysdam.it.
Will there be food at the finish?
Yes, there will be food and drinks at the finish of the granfondo.