GFNY Mexico City
March 26, 2017
GFNY MEXICO CITY will be the first GFNY Latin America Championship on March 26, 2017 with a course of 130km and 2,319m of climbing. The non-competitive 70km course has 1766m of climbing. Both routes start in the heart of Mexico City in front of the Angel of Independence, one of the country’s most significant landmarks.
Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 16 boroughs and more than 300 neighborhoods. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park.
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Mexico International Airport (MEX) is served by airlines around the globe and is located only 5km from the city center.
GFNY Mexico City will only work with the best hotels in Mexico City for your GFNY experience. We will do all the research and secure the best deals, all you need to do is choose your hotel. All GFNY Mexico City host hotels will be biker friendly and will offer special menus for all our athletes. On top of that by staying at a GFNY Mexico City host hotel you will be around all your fellow athletes and get to share in the excitement and stories of your epic day on the course.
Don’t hesitate to contact GFNY Mexico City at email@example.com.
GFNY Super Sunday delivers
The 78mile / 125km inaugural Powerade GFNY Mexico City set off in the heart of Mexico City on Avenida Reforma with a sold out field of 2700 riders. While the starting elevation was already at a whopping 7325ft / 2233m, the race finished just after the crest of the Ajusco pass at a lung-bursting altitude of 11,902ft / 3628m – a full 1000m / 3000ft above giants like the legendary Col du Galibier, often the highest point of the Tour de France.
“Starting a GFNY in the heart of one of the five largest cities in the world was an incredible experience ,” says GFNY President Lidia Fluhme. “It was actually the first time a mass participation bike race was held in Mexico City – and the other four big cities don’t have one yet. A huge thanks from GFNY to the government of Mexico City and in particular to Mexican Sports Minister Alfredo Castillo for supporting GFNY in such a big way.”
The race was dominated by Colombian power couple Camila Cortes and Gabriel Corredor. Their home city and location of GFNY Colombia, Bogota, is at a similar height and of almost identical climate, which meant they would not be disadvantaged like many riders coming from sea level were.
Cortes is now the indisputable Queen of GFNY, having won six races in total (three of which in NYC). She was defeated just once, when she suffered a mechanical in GFNY NYC 2014, where she finished 3rd. Her win in Mexico City was never in doubt. She crossed the line in 4:25:05, outperforming Mexican Gabriela Mijangos by 15 minutes (4:40:51). Olympian triathlete Fabiola Corona (Mexico) took third place in 4:44:55.
Corredor has a 2014 GFNY NYC title to his name as well as several podium finishes at GFNY NYC and GFNY Colombia. Known for his relentless attacks, he didn’t hold back as soon as the road kicked up. Immediately after the 5km neutralized phase, Corredor set off. The Mexicans Escamez, Meza, Tamayo and Huber initially followed but Corredor kept hitting them with his attacks until he finally was in the clear. He crested the first of three climbs with a 2-min lead – and never looked back.
Behind him, the four Mexicans tried to organize a chase but they neither worked well together nor seemed to have had the legs to match the Colombian. Corredor won the race after an 80km solo ride in 3:59:32, averaging an incredible 32.5km/h for this net uphill race in thin air. Jorge Escamez finished second at 4:08:38 and David Meza third in 4:11:42.
“Now I want to go to Italy to race GFNY Italia,” proclaimed a relaxed Cortes at the finish. Corredor added: “I also want to go to Italy, but I need a vacation without cycling!”