1. GFNY COZUMEL (“GFNY”) is a bike ride where riders are individually timed.

2. Entry 

2.1. The entry to GFNY is open to riders aged 18 or older. Registration is done online at Online entry closes on Nov 4, after that, any available entries will be sold at GFNY Cozumel Expo & Race Packet Pickup on Nov 8-9. GFNY has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates. 

2.2. Riders who have been banned by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. 

2.3. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event.  

2.4. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. GFNY may offer additional insurance at its sole discretion. 

2.5. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable. No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification. 

2.6. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, deny entry, revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the Event. 

3. Equipment 

3.1. Bike: any technically serviceable roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted for safety reasons:triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, triathlon/aero bars, e-bikes, prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seating (except for challenged athletes), penny farthings or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event. 

3.2.  Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times.  No exceptions.  Wearing a different jersey will lead to a severe time penalty or disqualification.  

3.3.  Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding. 

3.4. Bike number: The number plate straps must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number can lead to disqualification. 

3.5. Jersey number: the jersey number must be worn on the jersey pockets, attached by safety pins. Any wrong positioning or alteration of the number can lead to disqualification. 

3.6. Wrist band: the wrist band must be worn at all times during the event. 

3.7. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge. 

3.8. Headphones are not allowed. 

4. Start 

4.1. The start is at 7:30am at the city hall on Rafael Melgar (right next to Mega supermarket). Entry to the start area is only from the designated entrances which will be emailed to you one month prior to the race. Riders without their official 2019 jersey, GFNY bike number, jersey number, helmet and wristband at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start area. 

4.2. The starting corrals close at 7:00am. If a rider is late, he/she will not be able to enter the start corrals on or be eligible for competition. 

4.3. Start order:

(1) VIP: Returning GFNY champions (Long distance) from the previous year (overall, age groups, teams), VIP 

(2) Competitive corrals 

(2.1) Licensed racers in several corrals according to their ranking. 

Minimum requirement: active Pro, Cat 1-3 Men, Cat 1-2 Women, Cat 1-2 Masters Men, Cat 1 Masters Women and their international equivalent.

GFNY reserves the right to exclude low categories if there are too many requests. 

(2.2) Top 10% of each age group of the two previous years editions (Long distance only). 

(3) General Long distance riders according to there age group (younger to older). 

(4) Medium distance riders  

(5) Challenged athletes with handcycles

Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be disqualified. 

5. Competition 

5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. The first 20 riders overall are ranked by order of arrival. This number can be changed by the jury if necessary if there are groups arriving around 20th finish place. All other riders are ranked by net (chip) time including the King of the Wind section which is the sum of two laps. Only riders who complete the GFNY long distance are eligible for competition ranking and prizes. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to change the rules if deemed appropriate. 

5.2. Categories:

1.overall m/f

2.18-39 m/f  

3.40-44 m/f

4.45-49 m/f

5.50-54 m/f

6.55-59 m/f

7.60-64 m/f

8.65+ f

9.65-69 m

10.70-74 m

11.75+ m

12. under 90 him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed. 

13. 90 and over him&her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed. 

14. Team of four (any gender): times of the fastest four riders of a team added.

5.3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category (Long distance winners). Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders.

5.4. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY. 

6. Abuse 

6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers or spectators. 

6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language or conduct during GFNY. 

6.3. No rider may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with GFNY (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, volunteers, staff, etc.). 

6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban for Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 

7. Conduct 

7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement and/or disqualified and removed from the event.

7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident. 

7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY either before, during, or after the event. 

7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him&Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged. Devices of any sort to pull or push are not allowed. 

7.5. Team cars or personal support cars are not allowed. 

7.6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. The rider may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personal has arrived. Help others, you may need help one day. 

7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 

8. Environment 

GFNY is committed to protecting the environment. Any discarding of trash or food outside the designated trash receptacles at the aid stations or “eco zones” is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York. Any urinating in public is prohibited and can lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events. 

9. Performance Enhancing Drugs 

9.1 GFNY is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) are prohibited in preparation for and during GFNY. GFNY reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event. 

9.2 Any violation of World Anti Doping Association (WADA) rules will lead to disqualification, reclaim of prizes and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York, Inc. events. GFNY shares positive doping controls with other event organizations as well as the public at large once USADA determined a rule violation. 

9.3 If a rider declines to be tested, he/she will be banned. 

9.4 A Rider who tests positive at GFNY will have to reimburse the cost of the doping control. Furthermore, such rider has to reimburse GFNY for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at GFNY, the team can be held liable for this damage. 

GFNY participants are highly encouraged to stay informed about PEDs and PED testing. 

GFNY recommends the USADA Athlete Handbook. 

10. Acceptance of Risk 

All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk. No liability shall attach to GFNY or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding in GFNY. 

11. Rule Changes 

Rules can be altered if deemed necessary at sole discretion of GFNY.