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The Gran Fondo New York 2017

18th to 22nd May 2017
(Event Date 21st May)

With the race motto ‘Be a Pro for a Day’ the international Gran Fondo New York will have its 7th edition on May 21 in New York. This Gran Fondo through Manhattan and neighbouring boroughs has an ever growing number of participants. The 5000 riders from 70 different countries make this the biggest Gran Fondo in the US.

The Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC will be held on May 21. 5000 riders from over 96 countries are competing for the crown on a challenging 160km course with over 2500m of climbing. Riders, who finished in the top 10% of their age group at previous GFNY events, receive a start spot in the racer corral at the front. Colombian Camila Cortes and New Yorker Mike Margarite are set to defend their 2016 titles.

You can choose between the 80km or the full 160km courses. From the start on George Washington Bridge the course follows the Hudson River northwards. The Manhattan Skyline will appear further and further away. You will pass several parks and suburbs like Palisades, Piermont and then you will tackle the 6km long Bear Mountain. This is where the shorter distance will finish. The long course riders will ride past Harriman State Park, Ramapo and West Nyack, in the direction of the finish at Fort Lee, near George Washington Bridge.

GFNY World, the global cycling marathon brand, which started off with just one event, the Gran Fondo New York, is now a cycling race series of 14 events taking place around the World. All the GFNY World events offer participants the established, trusted GFNY experience complemented with each location’s local flair.

All cyclists taking part can qualify for the regional championships in Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC.

At each GFNY event, riders enjoy

  • Closed roads or police-moderated traffic with right-of-way at all intersections
  • Chip timing
  • Rankings based on finish time and a podium awards ceremony
  • Finisher medal
  • Official neon green race jersey, which is mandatory attire for the race
  • Uniform set of rules and consistent rider experience
  • A race in an attractive tourism destination for cyclists and family

GFNY World races offer a consistent, high-quality rider and family experience across all events. Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY on challenging, scenic courses with a professional level of support.

Amongst the events are now some multi day events in Italy and France, widening the appeal of the GFNY series to cyclists.

The Hotel...

**** Novotel New York Times Square:
Right in the heart of New York City, this hotel is ideally situated for the event expo and start area. With Times Square on your doorstep and lots of New York’s most famous attractions just a short walk away, there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time in New York.

The hotel has its own fitness centre, and bikes can be stored in your room (if you are taking part in the cycling event GFNY too this weekend).

All rooms have a flatscreen TV and WiFi, and coffee makers are available on request.

Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:

Thursday 18 May - Arrive in New York:
Please arrive in New York by your own means and make your way to the 4 star hotel Novotel Times Square. After checking in, you have the rest of the day and evening to explore the sights of New York.

Friday 19 May - Event EXPO and registration:
Today you will pick up your 2017 Gran Fondo New York Race Bib from NYC Bike Expo & Campagnolo GFNY World Championship mandatory race packet pickup @ Penn Pavilion, 401 Seventh Ave between 32nd St & 33rd St (401 Seventh Avenue directions)

NYC Bike Expo hours are: May 19 @11am-7pm and May 20 @11am-6pm. In-person race packet pickup is mandatory. Each participant must come in person to check-in and pick up their race materials. You must come to the expo either Friday or Saturday ONLY. You must be at the expo before 5:30pm on Saturday, May 20 in order to be able to pick up your race packet. If you do not come to the expo during expo hours, you forfeit your registration and ability to take part in the event.

After collecting your race bib and taking in the entertainment, the rest of your day is free for further sightseeing or to relax ready for tomorrow’s event.

Saturday 20 May - 2017 Brooklyn Half Marathon – Optional event:
Today’s event kicks off at 7am.  Join 27000+ runners as you hit the street of Brooklyn.  After finishing the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon on the Boardwalk Coney Island, you can join the after party for food, drink and entertainment. Today is an early start so we recommend a taxi from the hotel to the start close to the Brooklyn Museum.  The journey is approximately 35 minutes.

To make your way back from the finish on Coney Island, take the train/subway from Stillwell Avenue to 42nd Street.  The journey time is approximately just over 1 hour.

Alternatively why not try out your bike and make any last minute adjustments? Ride a few loops in Central Park. Check out the 6-mile / 10km route through Central Park’s 778 acres (315 ha) dedicated to nature and recreation. Central Park is one of NYC’s most famous tourism attractions.

Sunday 21 May - Gran Fondo New York:
The start today takes place on George Washington-Bridge and you can make your way there on the bike path along the Hudson River and through the Riverbank State Park. The start is from 07:00 and the finish is at Weehawken Ferry Terminal in New Jersey from where you will have some incredible views of Manhattan.

5AM – Opening of start area on lower level of George Washington Bridge (civil twilight 5:02am, sunrise 5:34am)
6:15AM – Closing of start area on lower level of George Washington Bridge
7AM – Start of Campagnolo GFNY World Championship and GFNY BEAR
8AM – Opening of GFNY Café & Fan Zone @ GFNY Finish Village
11:15AM – Winner of the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship expected @ GFNY Finish Village
11AM-2PM – Return transport from Bear Mountain for GFNY BEAR riders @ GFNY Finish Village
3PM – Awards Ceremony at the GFNY Finish Village @ GFNY Finish Village
5:30PM – Course closes
7PM – End of festivities

Monday 22 May – Departure day:
After checking out of the hotel, you have the rest of the day to do as you wish until your return or onward journey.  Airport transfers and flights are not included.

Extra nights pre and post the proposed itinerary are available on a request basis.

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£799 per person based on 2 people sharing a room with a double bed or 2 beds
£660 supplement per person based on one person in a room

Included with your Gran Fondo New York travel package:

  • 4 nights at the Novotel Times Square on Room Only basis
  • Bike storage in the hotel room
  • All hotel taxes
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
  • A safe pair of hands – More information

Also available:

  • Guaranteed 2017 GFNY entry. Available as an extra at £249
  • Specialist Sports Travel Insurance – do not travel without insurance and don’t forget to insure your bike. Please visit our insurance page

HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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Please note that bookings will take 24 working hours to confirm after initially booking online.  Please do not book any travel arrangements until Sports Tours send you a second email confirmation.

Important Information:

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

Passport (this is your responsibility):
Please – don’t leave it to the last minute. The following information is for United Kingdom passport holders only, other nationals including Eire should consult the appropriate embassy.

UK residents are allowed to enter the USA with a ten year passport, with no less than 6 months left before the expiry of the passport, if staying in the US for less than 90 days.

However, the rules are constantly updated, so we advise that you check your own individual situation as the visa waiver programme is subject to strict criteria, and for example, if you have a criminal record or have previously been refused entry to the US, you may not qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver programme. Please check your status with the rules. Passengers are no longer permitted to enter the USA with a non-machine readable passport unless their old style passport has a valid Visa stamp. The newer red passports are machine readable. CHILDREN MUST HAVE THEIR OWN PASSPORT – If in doubt please contact the passport advice line on 0300 222 0000, or Passport Office Website or if applicable the American Embassy on 0207 499 9000 or the US Embassy Website.

ePassports effective 1st April 2016:
In preparation for customers travelling to the United States of America, please be aware that important changes have been made to passport requirements for the US.  If you are travelling on the Visa Waiver Programme to the US on or after 1 April 2016, you must have an ePassport. If you are not sure if you already have an ePassport or not, simply check your current passport for the ePassport symbol on the front cover.  To find out more, please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa

Immigration to the USA:
There are now very strict guidelines on entry to the USA and a new system put in place whereby you must have registered with the Department of Homeland Security at least three days before you travel. More information can be found on the Department’s Official Website

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues travel advice on destinations, which includes information on passports, visas, health, safety and security and more. For all information relating to USA, please click HERE.

Changes to ESTA requirements – 26.1.16:
The U.S. Authorities have made changes to their entry requirements which will affect any dual nationality customer who has a passport issued by a country which is eligible under the U.S. visa Waiver Programme AND a passport issued by Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.

These customers with dual nationality will no longer be able to enter the U.S. using an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Programme.

In addition any customer who has an ESTA and that has visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since March 1, 2011 should also expect not to be able to use the Visa Waiver Programme.

These customers will require a U.S. visa for future travel to the United States, and should contact their local US Embassy.

Insurance:
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. Take a look at our concierge services page here. 

New York sightseeing:
Whilst in New York, take in some of the famous sites this wonderful city has to offer.

The best way to explore is by foot or by a guided tour or hop on hop off bus tour which takes in many of New York’s most popular and famous tourist attractions.

Visit the Statue of Liberty, take a trip to Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building to see the wonderful views of Manhattan and surrounding areas, take to the skies in a helicopter tour or visit the 9/11 memorial. These are just a sample of the many sightseeing trips you can take in New York, the city that never sleeps.

Click Here for sightseeing in New York where you can view available trips and make a booking.

 

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