GFNY Mont Ventoux

June 25, 2017

LONG: 80mi / 130km with 11,500ft / 3500m of climbing
MEDIUM: 49mi / 78km long and has 7,840ft / 2,390m of climbing

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GFNY Super Sunday delivers


1300 racers took on Biemme GFNY Mont Ventoux, which finished on top of the legendary mountain. The 80mile / 130km race had a total elevation gain of 11,500ft / 3500m. Alexander Duncan from the UK won in 4:12:35, beating Bart van Damme from Belgium by a mere 43 seconds. Local Fabian Muzette rounded out the European podium. Based on previous race results, Duncan’s climb time up Ventoux is expected to be faster than 2/3 of the Tour de France peloton which will tackle the myth in a few weeks.

Amandine Martin from France won the women’s race in 5:04:59 beating compatriot Sandra Martin by over half an hour. Coraline Cambours rounded out the French podium in 5:39:23, just two minutes behind second place.

“GFNY Mont Ventoux has become an instant classic for climbing specialists and fans of the legendary climb,” says GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme. “It’s the only bike race open to amateurs that finishes on top of Mont Ventoux. While many people can climb Mont Ventoux, tackling the climb after 100km of racing over three cols is an incredibly difficult challenge that requires tenacity and smart pacing.”


Riders conquer Mont Ventoux at inaugural GFNY race on June 28, 2015


A sold out field of 1,050 racers from 31 countries got to race like pros for a day at the inaugural Wear-Design GFNY Mont Ventoux on June 28, 2015. With an exciting start in the town of Vaison-La-Romaine in Southern France’s Provence region, to the breathtaking finish atop the legendary Mont Ventoux, it was a challenging day that saw many triumphs of determination and courage. The top of Mont Ventoux was a scene of exhaustion and pride. Few finish lines are as well-covered by selfie photos as that of GFNY Mont Ventoux.

The long route was 84mi / 135km and had 11,800ft / 3600m of climbing. The medium route was 70mi / 113km long and had 9,800ft / 3,000m of climbing. Both routes traveled over several cols before finishing at the top of the 6,237ft / 1,912m-high Mont Ventoux on a day where temperatures in the valleys reached 95F / 35C under a cloudless sky.

French U23 elite racer Alexis Carlier won the race in 4:14:03 by dropping runner-up Luic Ruffeau with 4k to go to the top. The women’s race was dominated by 24-year old Anna Kiesenhofer from Austria in 4:33:53. She took the race by distancing second place finisher Betty Kals from Belgium by no less than 45 minutes and taking 12th place overall. Look out for her in pro races very soon.

Only a few racers were in the hunt for the overall win. However, age groupers were fighting hard to be in the top 10% of their category to snatch a racer corral spot for the 2nd GFNY Championship in NYC on May 15, 2016.

“At Campagnolo GFNY in NYC we have the most spectacular start line in cycling on the George Washington Bridge,” says Uli Fluhme, CEO of GFNY. “And no doubt Mont Ventoux is as spectacular as it gets when it comes to finishing a bike race. Founders Lucie Hiegel and Nicolas Garcera and the whole GFNY Mont Ventoux organization have done an amazing job with this well-run event. Based on the overwhelming number of requests for entries this year and how seamlessly organized the event was, we expect 3,000 riders from across the globe within the next two years. Our host town Vaison-la-Romaine is ready: in 2013, it accommodated the Tour de France for two days.”

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