GFNY Cozumel Mexico, Nov 12 2017

Don't miss the chance to participate in one of the best cycling events of the year.

FAQ:

GENERAL

WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE?

Expo and mandatory packet/goodie bag pickup: Friday November 10, 2017 from 12:00am till 6:00pm and Saturday November 11, 2017 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 and jersey. This will also be where you can exchange your jersey if it doesn’t fit.

Sunday November 12, 2017 Race Day:

  • 6:00am opening of start area.
  • 7:00am closing of start area.
  • 7:30am race starts and opening ceremony.
  • 9:30am - 3:00pm finish line festivities and showcase expo.
  • 1:30pm podium awards.
  • TBA post part
  • TBA Raffle prizes

HOW LONG IS THE RIDE?

GRAN FONDO ROUTE is approx. 100 miles/160 km long. MEDIO FONDO ROUTE is approx. 50 miles/80 km long. Both routes start and end at the city hall.

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.

DO YOU OFFER ANY TRAINING PLANS?

We offer two types of training plans that will get you ready and competitive for the Gran and Medio fondo. We have partnered with AthletiCamps 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 2016?

  • $99 Nov 14 - Nov 28 (Early bird special)
  • $120 until Dec 31
  • $130 until Jan 31
  • $140 until Feb 28
  • $150 until Mar 30
  • $160 until Apr 30
  • $170 until May 30
  • $180 until Jun 31
  • $190 until Jul 31
  • $200 until Aug 31
  • $210 until Sep 30
  • $220 until Oct 31
  • $230 until Nov 6th
  • $250 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, Italian made jersey by Biemme, course marking, 8 aid stations (fruits, Sport Beans, Bars, and drinks, Various snacks), chip timing, post and pre ride food and drinks, competition and raffle prizes, finisher medals, winners medals, and fully closed roads.

I ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE 100 MILE GFNY, BUT I’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 50 MILE GFNY. IS THAT POSSIBLE?

You can transfer your Gran Fondo registration to a Medio Fondo registration at no extra cost until Oct 9th. Please email Daniela at info@gfnycozumel.comto request a distance change.

IF I REGISTER FOR THE 50 MILE GFNY NOW, CAN I LATER SWITCH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 100 MILE GFNY?

You can transfer your MEDIO FONDO registration to a GRAN FONDO registration at no extra cost until Oct 9th. 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.

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: gfnycozumel.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 mountain bike, 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.

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.

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
  • 65+ 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 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. Media Fondo overall, category, and age group winners will receive winners medals and jerseys.

BEFORE THE RACE

WHERE DO I STAY OVERNIGHT?

We are working with different hotels to put together special packages for everyone from luxury to economical hotels. Before we announce the hotels we want to make sure that each hotel is bicycle friendly and offers special rates. Once we have secured this we will announce the information on this link TRAVEL PAGE In the mean time there are still many great deals you can find just by visiting the main travel websites like hotels.com and expedia.com.

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 limited supply of rental bikes available through TransBike Mexico you can email them here for more information rcguerra@transbikemex.com.mx

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

Packet pickup will be held at the expo Friday November 10, 2017 from 12:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday November 11, 2017 from 11:00am - 6:00pm. The expo will be held at the Royal Village shopping center which is on Rafael E Melgar across the street from the SSA cruise ship terminal or next door to the Park Royal hotel.

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?
For safety reasons, every participant has to be present at packet pickup on Friday or Saturday.


IS THERE AN EXPO WHERE I CAN SEE NEW CYCLING PRODUCTS?

There will be a large expo where you must pick up your race packet and goodie bag. Event sponsors will be present to showcase their latest products from the cycling industry and around the world.

START

WHAT DO I HAVE TO WEAR?

Your wristband provided at registration is mandatory. Helmets with buckled chin straps must be worn at all times. Also, Keep your wristband on for post event festivities. You must wear your official GFNY Cozumel jersey, spandex shorts with a chamois, this will make your ride much more enjoyable. We also recommend that everyone uses 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 Mega and Chedraui supermarkets right next to the start and finish line.

ARE THERE SHUTTLE BUSSES?

There are no shuttle busses provided by GFNY.

DO YOU PROVIDE BAG DROP?

Yes, you can check in one bag at the baggage drop area by the start area. 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 and returned at the finish line which is the same place.

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 distance only). After it's licensed racers (Elite Cat3 or Master Cat2 or Women Cat2 or equivalent and higher ranked). Licensed racer who would like to start in the front corral must mail in there license before Oct 19, 2017 to be qualified for front corral start at info@gfnycozumel.com. GFNY Cozumel 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 Gran Fondo age group, Medio Fondo, Triathlon/aero bar bike riders, and physically challenged rider.

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 7:30am the same time as the Gran Fondo. Registered participants for the Medio Fondo will line up in a corral behind the Gran Fondo 100 mile 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 and 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 six 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?

All the roads will be closed for traffic. At all times, however riders 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 8.5 hours for the ride. This equals to approximately 10mph including all nutrition stops. A broom wagon will trail the ride at 10mph. Stragglers who get passed by the car can either get a ride or will be riding outside the event.

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 COZUMEL 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 100 start and finish at the city hallright next to Margaritaville and next to the Mega and Chedraui supermarkets and parking lots. That is the downtown area of Cozumel so everything is nearby if needed.

MEDIO FONDO ROUTE 50 starts and finishes at the same location as the GRAN FONDO ROUTE. Hang around the finish area after your finished to see the finish of the GRAN FONDO race it will be exciting for sure

 

HOW DO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET TO THE FINISH?

 Depending on which part of the island your coming from there will be taxi service throughout the morning and also during the day which can take your family and friends to the downtown start and finish area.

WHEN AND WHERE DO I FIND THE RESULTS?

We are announcing the 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?

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.

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 taxi service available right next to the finish line line and bus service as well but if your up to it you can always ride back to your hotel since everything is nearby :)

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