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IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

FAQ:

GENERAL

WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE?

Expo and mandatory packet/goodie bag pickup: Friday March 23, 2018 from 1:00pm till 6:00pm and Saturday March 24, 2018 from 11:00am till 6:00pm.

All participants must come to the expo to pick up there race packet 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 25, 2018 Race Day:

  • 5:00am opening of start area.
  • 6:00am closing of start area.
  • 6:30am 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?

GRAN FONDO ROUTE is approx. 80 miles/130 km long with 2319m/7608ft elevation gain. MEDIO FONDO ROUTE is approx. 43 miles/70km long with 1766m/5793ft elevation gain. The Gran Fondo route finishes at the Marquesa with a nice fun finish area for the whole family to enjoy. The Medio Fondo route finishes at the same place as the Gran Fondo route at Marquesa so all participants can celebrate together.

WHAT LEVEL OF RIDING EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

A Gran Fondo is 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 Gran Fondo 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 Medio Fondo 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.

DO YOU OFFER ANY TRAINING PLANS?

We offer differnt types of training plans that will get you ready and competitive for the Gran and Medio fondo. We have partnered with Fortia which we feel offer the best online coaching and training service in the industry. They have trained many top professional riders and work with all types of athletes around the world. For more information visit our training page here.

REGISTRATION

WHAT IS THE ENTRY FEE FOR 2018?

  • $99 March 27 - May 16 (Early bird special)
  • $110 until June 16
  • $115 until July 16
  • $120 until Aug 16
  • $125 until Sept 16
  • $130 until Oct 16
  • $135 until Nov 16
  • $140 until Dec 16
  • $145 until Jan 16
  • $150 until Feb 16
  • $155 until Mar 16
  • $175 at 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, Italian made jersey by Biemme, Elite water bottle 800ml, Course marking, 4 aid stations (fruits, gels and drinks, Various snacks), chip timing, post ride food and drinks, pasta party, ambulance both stationary and rolling, participant race insurance (email info@gfnymexicocity.com 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 by Biemme 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 http://is.gd/YmBVpj

I ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE 130 KM GFNY, BUT I’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 70 KM GFNY. IS THAT POSSIBLE?

You can transfer your Gran Fondo registration to a Medio Fondo registration at no extra cost until February 26. Please email us at info@gfnymexicocity.com to request a distance change.

IF I REGISTER FOR THE 70 KM GFNY NOW, CAN I LATER SWITCH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 130 KM GFNY?

You can transfer your MEDIO FONDO registration to a GRAN FONDO registration at no extra cost until February 26th. Please email Daniela at info@gfnymexicocity.com 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 IN GFNY MEXICO CITY?

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 three 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?

Our registration partner is Eventbrite. They make registration a fast and simple process. Click on this link: gfnymexicocity.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.

CATEGORIES

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 touring bike or single speed (with two brakes). A triathlon bike is fine as long as you keep your hands on the brake lever while riding in a group. Triathlon bikes will start in the rear corral for safety reasons. Mountain bikes are permitted only for the Medio Fondo at the GFNY Mexico City.

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.gfnymexicocity.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
  • 65-69 m/f
  • 70-74 m/f
  • 75+ m/f
  • 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?

There will also be various product prizes from our sponsors. Prizes include winners jerseys, winners medal, 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?

The official host hotel for GFNY Mexico City is the Sheraton Maria Isabel.  We have secured a special discount for all participants.  The best part about staying in a GFNY Mexico City host hotel is to be around all your fellow participants and to share in your race stories and strategies.  Also our host hotel offers 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. The Sheraton hotel will also be where the registration and expo will be and also it's location is right across the street from the start line. 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 ?

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY START NUMBER, CHIP AND GOODIE BAG?

Packet pickup will be held at the expo Friday March 23, 2018 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm and Saturday March 24, 2018 from 11:00am - 6:00pm. The expo will be held at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City o the Reforma Avenue.

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 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.

START

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 Mexico City 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?

There are many parking lots near the start where you can park, the largest ones would be at the intersection of Rio Misispi and Rio Lerma street (view map). Also since the race is on a Sunday you will be able to park on the side streets as well.

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 (Gran Fondo only). After it's licensed racers (Elite Cat3 or Master Cat2 or Women Cat2 or equivalent and higher ranked). GFNY Mexico City 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 Gran Fondo, and then Medio Fondo, Triathlon/aero bar bikes 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 MEDIO FONDO START?

The Medio Fondo will start at 6:30am the same time as the Gran Fondo. Registered participants for the Medio Fondo will line up in a corral behind the Gran Fondo 130 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 Gran Fondo Age Group and then Medio Fondo. If your friend chose the Medio Fondo and you chose the Gran Fondo then you may move to the Medio Fondo section but your friend may not move to the Gran Fondo 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 as 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?

Gran Fondo 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.

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 Mexico City 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.

FINISH

WHERE IS THE FINISH?

GRAN FONDO ROUTE 130km start on the famous Reforma avenue right next to the angel of independence monument. The finish line will be at La Marquesa where we have chosen a nice open land to host the finish area parties.  The last kilometers leading to the finish line is a nice climb to finish your day with a strong effort.

MEDIO FONDO ROUTE 70km finishes in the same location of the Gran Fondo area at La Marquesa with a nice uphill finish the same as the Gran Fondo.  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 a large garden area in La Marquesa where all your family and friends are invited to celebrate your victories and achievements. Around the finish area there are many fun activities for everyone to enjoy including nice restaurants and children's activities. The La Marquesa finish area is located in Estado de Mexico which is the state next to Mexico City.  It's about a 1:15min drive to the finish area from the start line.  Please see the driving directions map from the Angel of Independance

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 RETURN TRANSPORTATION AND WHERE WILL IT DROP ME OFF?

There will be return transportation available from the main finish area for all participants. The bus transportation area will have an organized tent for all pre-paying passengers to board the bus and load there bicycles. The transportation will be for an additional cost and will include the transport of your bicycle as well which will travel in a separate truck and will leave at the same moment as your bus leaves.  All buses and trucks will be labeled so you will know which vehicle your bike is in. All passengers will receive a claims ticket before handing in your bicycle. Bus tickets will be available for purchase shortly.  There will be no bus tickets available for sale the day of the race so please make sure to purchase your bus tickets in advance.

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?

There will be optional bus/bicycle transportation service available at the finish area for an additional price which you can purchase now before the race here.  The bus service will be leaving from the main finish area at la Marquesa and taking all passengers directly to the start area by Reforma in a reserved parking area.  Your bicycles will be leaving in a separate marked truck and will meet you at the same destination.  All participants who checked in there bicycle will get a claims ticket that they need to show at the pick up destination in order to receive your bicycle.  We will have tight security so please don't lose your claims ticket.  If you have family who are meeting you at the finish area there will also be a designated parking area for your friends or family to take you home as well. 

IF YOUR QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT info@gfnymexicocity.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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