WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE?
Expo and mandatory packet/goodie bag pickup: Friday March 5th, 2021 from 1:00pm till 6:00pm and Saturday March 6th, 2021 from 12:00pm till 6:00pm.
All participants must come to the expo to pick up there race packets and goodie bag. This is mandatory for the event and will be the only time and locations where you will receive your race number, goodie bag and jersey. This will also be where you can exchange your jersey if it doesn’t fit, make last minute distance changes or update registration information.
Sunday March 7, 2021 Race Day:
- 5:30am opening of start area.
- 6:30am closing of start area.
- 7:00am race starts and opening ceremony.
- 10:00am – 5:00pm finish line festivities and showcase expo.
- TBA podium awards.
- TBA post part
- TBA Raffle prizes
HOW LONG IS THE RIDE?
LONG DISTANCE ROUTE is approx. 100 miles/160 km long with 1736m elevation gain. SHORT ROUTE ROUTE is approx. 62 miles/100km long with 812m elevation gain. The long distance route finishes at Parque Fundidora with a nice fun finish area for the whole family to enjoy. The short distance route finishes at the same place as the long distance route at Parque Fundidora so all participants can celebrate together.
WHAT LEVEL OF RIDING EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
GFNY Cycling events are all about achieving your best possible time which means you can compete against yourself or other participants. The level of experience is all dependent on what type of results you want to achieve. There are people who just want to ride a GFNY event for fun with family and friends and there are people who want to compete for a podium position, the decision is up to you. If your not sure if your ready then the best decision would be to participate in the Short Distance which is less competitive. It’s important to understand that GFNY events are competitive events where people train at least a few months in advance to have a great race and achieve a great timing result.
WHAT IS THE ENTRY FEE FOR 2021?
- $99 Mar 9 – Apr 1 (Early bird special)
- $120 until Apr 30
- $130 until May 31
- $140 until Jun 30
- $150 until Jul 31
- $155 until Aug 31
- $160 until Sep 30
- $165 until Oct 31
- $170 until Nov 30
- $175 until Dec 31
- $180 until Jan 31
- $190 until Mar 1
- $225 at the Expo
…0r until the event is sold out, whichever happens first *There is no event day registration.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE ENTRY?
Various GFNY goodies, GFNY Cycling full zip jersey Designed in New York and made in Italy, Elite water bottle 800ml, Course markings, 4 aid stations (fruits, gels and drinks, Various snacks), chip timing, post ride food and drinks, pasta party, bike valet at finish area, ambulance both stationary and rolling, participant race insurance (email [email protected] for detailed insurance coverage info) competition and raffle prizes, finisher medals, winners medals, course marshals, broom wagons, and fully closed to police moderated roads.
HOW DO THE RACE JERSEYS FIT?
The GFNY jerseys are standard/European race cut and therefor more fitted by the torso than the typical American/Mexican size. We suggest ordering one size larger if someone usually wears an American/ Mexican cut jersey. Here is the size chart GFNY size chart
I ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE 160 KM GFNY, BUT I’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 100 KM GFNY. IS THAT POSSIBLE?
You can transfer your Long Distance registration to a Short Distance registration at no extra cost until February 7th. Please email us at [email protected] to request a distance change.
IF I REGISTER FOR THE 100 KM GFNY NOW, CAN I LATER SWITCH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 160 KM GFNY?
You can transfer your Short Distance registration to a Long Distance registration at no extra cost until February 7th. Please email Leonardo at [email protected] to request a distance change.
DO I NEED A RACING LICENCE TO PARTICIPATE?
No, a racing license is not needed or required.
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 Gran Fondo is about doing your best whether it is competing for prizes or beating the cut-off.
DO I HAVE TO QUALIFY TO TAKE PART AT GFNY MONTERREY?
No but you need to register soon as this will be a sold out race.
SO WHAT’S THE QUALIFICATION FOR?
If you finish in the top 10% of your age group in a previous GFNY event for the last two years you get to start in the front corrals of the current years GFNY events. Please check the Qualifiers List at this link.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE FOR PARTICIPANTS?
Riders must be 18 or older to participate.
WHERE AND HOW DO I REGISTER?
You can register on our website. Registration is a fast and simple process. Click on this link: www.gfnymonterrey.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. You can also ride a mountain bike, touring bike or single speed (with two brakes). Triathlon bikes are no longer permitted for safety reasons.
If you chose to ride as a tandem, both riders have to register for the event. Tandems are not eligible for prizes. Recumbent bikes, trailers and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.
IS IT TIMED?
Yes, every rider will receive his/her start to finish time. Timing results will be available at the main finish area at the results tent. Final results will be posted online as soon as possible at the www.gfnymonterrey.com website.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?
Each overall winner will receive a special winners jersey and winners medal as an award. Overall winners are not eligible for the age group category. Age category winners will receive a unique winners medal.
Top three in each category are eligible for prizes from our sponsors.
- Overall m/f
- 18-39 m/f
- 40-44 m/f
- 45-49 m/f
- 50-54 m/f
- 55-59 m/f
- 60-64 m/f
- 65+ f
- 65-69 m
- 70-74 m
- 75+ m
- Under 90 Combined Age Him and Her*
- 90+ Combined Age Him and Her*
- Cycling Team (best four riders)
* Both members of a Him+Her Team must finish together (time difference not more than 30 seconds) to be eligible. Pushing is allowed.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
GFNY Monterrey offers many great prizes all worthy for the race efforts you have trained for to get to the podium. Prizes include winners jerseys, winners medals, bicycles, bicycle accessories and as we include more sponsors the list will keep growing. There will also be a raffle held after the race for all participants.
BEFORE THE RACE
WHERE DO I STAY OVERNIGHT?
We are working to put together a list of our top recommended hotels that we know will offer the special services all our athletes will appreciate including special discount. As soon as we have finalized our top choices we will post it on the travel/hotel page of our website. The best part about staying in a GFNY Monterrey host hotel is to be around all your fellow participants and to share in your race stories and strategies. Also our host hotels offer special participant services including being able to keep your bicycle in your room, on-site bike mechanics, special endurance meals, early morning snacks and coffee, plus much more. For more information on host hotels visit this link TRAVEL PAGE.
I AM TRAVELING FROM FAR AWAY AND DON’T WANT TO BRING MY OWN BIKE. CAN I RENT A BIKE SOMEWHERE?
We highly recommend to bring your own bike but if you can’t then there will be a supply of rental bikes available through Tri Bike Mexico click here to see there website tribiketransport.com.mx
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY START NUMBER, CHIP AND GOODIE BAG?
Packet pickup will be held at the expo Friday March 6th, 2020 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday March 7th, 2020 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. The expo location will be published shortly so please visit our website or Facebook page for future updates.
CAN I PICK UP MY PACKET ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT?
No. Pick up is only possible on Friday or Saturday. No exceptions.
CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP THE PACKET FOR ME?
Yes you can have someone come to pick up your race packet for you but they will need to bring a signed letter with the written approval from you with a photo copy of your official government identification. The letter must include the name of the person permitted to pick up the packet and this same person must bring an official identification as well.
IS THERE AN EXPO WHERE I CAN SEE NEW CYCLING PRODUCTS?
There will be a large expo where you pick up your packet. Event sponsors will be present to showcase their latest products. Check out the biciexpo.net website for more details.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO WEAR?
Your wristband, number plate with timing chip, rear bib number provided at registration is mandatory. Helmets with buckled chinstraps must be worn at all times. Also, Keep your wristband on for post event festivities. You must wear your GFNY Monterrey official jersey and spandex shorts with a chamois, this will make your ride much more enjoyable. We also recommend that everyone use suntan lotion all over, even under the jerseys.
Headphones of any kind are not allowed.
WHERE DO I PARK?
The start of the race will be held at Cintermex/Parque Fundidora which has a lot of parking space all around. Once you enter the Cintermex parking area choose your space.
ARE THERE SHUTTLE BUSSES?
There are no shuttle busses provided by GFNY.
DO YOU PROVIDE BAG DROP?
Yes, you can check in one bag that will be provided to you at the expo. No other items are allowed. Don’t leave any valuables in the bag as GFNY is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. The bags will be picked up at the start area and returned at the finish area. Please look for the baggage drop tent at the start and finish area.
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?
First it’s VIP riders then top 10% of each age group from the previous two years (Long distance only). After it’s licensed racers (Elite Cat3 or Master Cat2 or Women Cat2 or equivalent and higher ranked). GFNY Monterrey reserve the right to restrict front start to higher categories if the demand is greater than the availability.
After that, riders will be grouped by age group Long Distance, and then Short Distance, and physically challenged riders.
To allow as little interference as possible, we encourage beginner and slower riders to line up at the back of the start. With this you will be able to ride your own pace unobstructed.
WHEN DOES THE 100KM START?
The Short Distance will start at 7:00am the same time as the Long Distance. Registered participants for the Short Distance will line up in a corral behind the Long Distance 160 kilometers participants.
I’M RIDING THE EVENT WITH MY FRIENDS. CAN WE ALL LINE UP TOGETHER IN THE SAME CORRAL?
The main corrals are divided by Long Distance Age Group and then Short Distance. If your friend chose the Short Distance and you chose the Long Distance then you may move to the Short Distance section but your friend may not move to the Long Distance section.
DURING THE RACE
HOW MANY AID STATIONS DOES GFNY HAVE AND WHAT DO THEY PROVIDE?
There will be four nutrition stations spread out along the course with solid food and fluids as well at the finish.
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 to traffic. There will be police moderated vehicle traffic along the course. Police moderated means that vehicle traffic will have to obey all police instructions while driving through the course. Riders however have to follow the instructions of police officers and volunteers to avoid disqualification.
HOW FAST DO I HAVE TO RIDE?
GFNY Cycling is about riding a tough course as quickly as possible according to the rider’s fitness. The cut-off for completing the distance is 4pm which means you have 10 hours for the ride. This equals to approximately 10mph/16kph including all nutrition stops. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10mph/16kph. The broom wagon and rear of race vehicles will ask rear of race riders if they want to board the bus if not then they will be riding outside the event.
WHAT ARE THE ROAD CONDITIONS LIKE?
GFNY is working with local municipals to repair roads where necessary and feasible. Where repairs are not possible, potholes and rough road sections are marked clearly. Always be vigilant for road signs and marking.
WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AT THE START/FINISH AND ON THE COURSE?
Yes, start/finish area as well as aid stations are equipped with porta potties and cleaning staff.
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 in the weeks leading up to the event.
However, if you are still unable to make the repair, course marshalls will accompany riders along all routes. Should you need assistance, just let one of the marshals know and, if a marshall is unable to assist you with the repair, a bus will take you to a rest stop where mechanical support may be available, or to the finish line. Please note that the wait for assistance and/or a ride to the nearest rest stop can be long and by waiting, you run the risk of not being allowed to finish the event. Visit your local bike shop to learn how to handle basic repair needs or ask an experienced riding buddy.
IF I NEED MEDICAL SERVICE, WHAT DO I DO?
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be on the course and on call. Police officers and bike mechanics will be traveling on the course on motorcycles and in cars.
Police officers will be controlling traffic at intersections and volunteers will be guiding athletes for turns at intersections. Each of these people will be armed with the EMS contact numbers. If you need help, inform someone on the course and they will get help to you (or someone else) as quickly as possible and stay with you until help arrives. No matter at what point, help will always be close.
IF I HAVE A BAD DAY AND REALIZE I WON’T BE ABLE TO FINISH, WHAT DO I DO?
GFNY Monterrey will have SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles along the course for any cyclists who are unable to complete the event.
Try to make it to the next or previous aid station, there you will have food, water, emergency medical services as well as volunteers to keep you company. If you are unable to ride to an aid station, there will be police officers controlling traffic at intersections as well as volunteers guiding athletes for turns at intersections, so ride forward or backwards until you see a police officer or volunteer and they will inform the SAG vehicle to pick you up. If you are unable to ride, move off the road and wait along the shoulder of the road until a marshall or police officer or mechanic rides by, they will be on the lookout for stopped cyclists. If you are riding and you see a cyclist on the side of the road who asks for help, when you get to the next police officer or volunteer, report that you saw a stopped cyclist and their approximate location.
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.
WHERE IS THE FINISH?
160km route starts and finishes at Parque Fundidora which is where the podium ceremony and finish area will be located as well. The timing for the 160km route will finish on the top of the Chipinque climb. Once you get to the top of Chipinque you will receive a cold wet towel as well as the last aid station is at the top of Chipinque. After that it’s a short controlled downhill ride back to Parque Fundidora where you will receive your finishers medal and be able to enjoy the podium ceremony and finish area festivities.
100km route finishes in the same location as the 160km route at Parque Fundidora with a fast finish. Everyone will be able to celebrate together and enjoy all the finish area benefits including the podium ceremony.
HOW DO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET TO THE FINISH?
The finish area will be located at Parque Fundidora where all your family and friends are invited to celebrate your victories and achievements. The finish area will include everything for you and your family to sit back relax including food, drink, entertainment and a great atmosphere with everyone showing off there finishers medals.
WHEN AND WHERE DO I FIND THE RESULTS?
There will be a results tent at the main finish area where you will be able to view your preliminary results. We will announce the official overall and category winners at the awards ceremony next to the finish line and the full results will be online on this site asap.
WILL THERE BE FOOD AT THE FINISH?
Yes, there will be food, drinks and entertainment throughout the day and lots of fun activities happening as well. We encourage everyone to hang around the downtown area for all the festivities and cheering of our athletes.
HOW DO I GET BACK TO MY HOTEL FROM THE FINISH?
Depending where your hotel is located you will be able to find transportation to take you back to your hotel from the finish area. As the race get’s closer we will provide more information about additional transportation services some hotels might offer.
IF YOUR QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected]