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First five teams announced for Gran Premio New York City UCI 1.2

By: GFNY New York  February 09, 2024

On May 19, 2024, 180 pro cyclists will start 15 minutes ahead of the GFNY mass participation race.

The inaugural UCI 1.2 men elite pro race, Gran Premio New York City, will be held on May 19, 2024 on the same course and same day as the 12th annual mass participation race Michelob ULTRA GFNY World Championship NYC.

25 teams from over 15 countries will make GP NYC an exciting race. European Pro Tour teams with Grand Tour pedigree will lead the field, followed by Continental Pro teams from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Local Pro teams receiving wild cards will round out the field and get to measure themselves with the best.

GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme says “One of our goals at GP New York City is to have a diverse field with teams from all over the world . That way, most of the mass participation riders have a team from their home country to cheer on. GFNY is the world's most international bike race - so why shouldn’t GP NYC be as well?

Pro Tour

VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè (ITA)

We’re excited to race in NYC, it’s going to be an amazing experience for our riders and a very important exposure opportunity for our sponsors,” says VF Group Bardiani-CSF Faizanè Team Director Luca Amoriello. “Our goal? To win!"

Continental Pro

Trinity Racing (UK)

GP New York City is a future icon in a brilliant location,” says Trinity Racing Sport Director Jon Mould. “We’re racing with a strong squad and hopefully come away with a big result.”

Project Echelon Racing (USA)

It’s exciting to now have a pro race in the most iconic and sports-crazed cities in the world,” says Project Echelon Racing team manager Eric Hill. “Our goal for the race? To win, as always!”

Hustle Pro Cycling (Canada)

"We're proud to be a part of the next chapter of bike racing in NYC,” says Hustle Pro Cycling DS Ben Baker. “We'll be looking to animate the race and make moves to get up the road. We have breakaway specialists who will love this course with lots of climbing and technical sections to launch attacks. And should it all come back
together, we're well positioned to contest the finish with Olympic track rider and designated sprinter, Michael Foley
.”

Elite

Cannondale Echelon p/b 4iiii (Canada)

Alain Cadorette brings Cannondale Echelon p/b 4iiii to GP NYC: “Even if the team choses by design not to move up to the Conti Pro ranks, we have shown over the past years that we are more than able to compete at that level. We are going into this race with the aggressive goal to be on the podium.”

Holding a professional and mass-participation race at the same time on the same course is an event format never held before in cycling, although it’s commonly done in running and triathlon. GFNY is taking a revolutionary step to bring professional and mass participation racing together to augment both race fields and take advantage of existing operations, logistics and exposure.

In this revolutionary format for cycling, the 180 pros from 25 teams will line up 15 minutes before the thousands of amateurs on the closed-to-traffic lower level of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge on May 19, 2024.

Both the pro and amateur races are held on the same one-loop course of 85 miles (137 km) and 6,500ft (2000m) of climbing that has the characteristics of a Belgian
spring classic which favors allrounders.

The start area looking over the NYC skyline, suspended over the Hudson River, with upbeat music, interviews, announcements and pre-race excitement offers the most amazing race start in cycling.

The course passes through charming towns, beautiful nature and challenging climbs of Bergen County and Rockland County and the metropolitan life of the world’s
capital, New York City.

The race’s finish line and post-race festival are located in Fort Lee, NJ, providing easy access to NYC, airports, hotels, restaurants, highways, and more.

As GFNY prepares for this ground-breaking race format, more news about the race will be shared. Stay tuned via the GFNY Facebook page, on Instagram, or subscribe to GFNY email newsletters at gfny.com.

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