Following the preventive measures taken against COVID-19 (better known as coronavirus), the Grandfondo New York, initially planned for May 17th 2020 was postponed to next year’s edition, scheduled for Sunday May 16th, 2021.
As a result, you’ll have to wait until May 16th, 2021 for the 10th edition of the Granfondo New York World Championships, an event that was born in 2011 and has since then expanded to a world tour of 25 events, with annual championships held in New York and attracting over 3,000 competitors from 100 different nationalities last year.
The 2021 Granfondo New York will feature two routes to choose from:
- A medium route of 50 miles / 80 kilometers between New York City and Bear Mountain State Park with shuttles back to Fort Lee
- A long route of 100 miles / 161 kilometers between New York City, Bear Mountain and back to Fort Lee
So whether you’re yearning to be crowned world champion or simple looking to enjoy a scenic race through New York’s upstate and New Jersey with thousands of cycling enthusiasts, the Granfondo New York on May 16th is the race you won’t want to miss!
Whether you opt for the medium or the long route, the start will take place right on the Georges Washington Bridge, linking the northern part of Manhattan with New Jersey.
After about 20 kilometers riding along the banks of the Hudson River, both routes will face their first difficulty: the Alpine hill, a 1,6 kilometer hill with 120 meters of elevation gain. Once past it and the supply point in Piermont, the courses go into a long and mostly flat section until Stony Point where the second supply point will be located.
Riders on both courses will now prepare to climb up Bear Mountain and its 385 meter climb over a little more than 7 kilometers. Climbers will appreciate the moderate gradient allowing to find a rhythm and stick to it through the whole climb.
Reaching the top of Bear Mountain will mark the end of the medium route, whose participants will be offered a shuttle ride back to Fort Lee, New Jersey. For the long route, although Bear Mountain marks the halfway mark of the course distance-wise, it’s also the start of the core of the race with a couple of climbs to overcome on the way back towards New York City.
Riders of the long route will indeed have to face the most feared climb of the route right after completing the Bear Mountain one: Gate Hill and its seemingly never-ending 185 meter climb over the 3,4 kilometer hill. Once past Gate Hill, there will be no time to rest either, going straight into another the climb, the one of the Cheesecote which starts of with 18% gradient before easing off to a more manageable 8%.
Once past Cheesecote, it will be smoother riding past Ramapo for some supplies and heading on towards West Nyack, then climb Alpine Hill and Dyckman Hill before reaching the finish line in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
- SMS with the times
Saturday May 15th, 2021:
- 9AM: Start of the Grandfondo NY Group Ride
- 9AM – 5PM: NYC Bike Expo
- 9AM – 7PM: Mandatory race packet pick-up
- 11AM – 5PM: BBQ and Beer Garden
Sunday May 16th, 2021:
- 5AM: Opening of the start area
- 7AM: Start of the Granfondo NY medium and long routes
- 11:15AM: Expected finishing time of the Grandfondo NY long route
- 11AM – 2PM: Shuttles from Bear Mountain back to Fort Lee
- 3PM: Awards ceremony
- 5:30: Course closure
- 7PM: End of the festivities