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Bogotá and its metropolitan region

If you want to understand the successes of Colombian cyclists in the best cycling races around the world, you have to know where they train. Without a doubt, Colombia due to its climate, biodiversity and love for cycling is a must for any cyclist in the world.

Bogotá and its metropolitan region concentrate a quarter of the country's population, it is the capital and a paradise for cyclists. In the city and nearby municipalities there are more than a million people who ride bicycles, whether for exercise, sport, means of transportation or work. There is a culture where professional cyclists are national heroes and their feats in the best races in the world are part of the collective memory.

GFNY Bogotá will take place in a very important place for cycling in the region. Zipaquirá is the birthplace of the first Colombian cycling legend Efraín El Zipa Forero and Egan Bernal, the only American cyclist to win Tour and Giro. This municipality is located an hour by car from Bogotá. Its main tourist attraction is the Salt Cathedral, from where this edition of GFNY Bogotá will start. In Zipaquirá there is also the school where the famous Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez studied and the imposing Plaza de los Comuneros. A destination chosen every weekend by Bogota families.

The race course that leaves from the Salt Cathedral and has as its main challenge the mythical Alto del Águila, a mountain pass over 3000 meters high with sublime landscapes of the Cundiboyacense Altiplano. Also, a good part of the route will be through the urban area of Zipaquirá and the cyclists will be able to feel the support of the Zipaquirá fans.

Courses

Zipaquirá is located at 2650 meters above sea level. GFNY Bogotá starts from inside the famous Salt Mines of Zipaquirá. Participants will live a unique experience accompanied by music and lights to warm up. The exit from the Salt Mines is controlled for 4km but once outside the race begins and heads towards the municipality of Cajicá. Without entering the neighboring municipality we return along the same road towards Zipaquirá. The first 20 kilometers of the race are flat with some slight inclines and rolling hills.

We then return to Zipaquirá and follow an urban circuit that takes us to the municipality of Cogua. From there we go around the Plaza de Cogua and return to Zipa. When your bike computer reads 33 kilometers, we will then take a curve to the right on Calle 17 to a short but steep climb of 500 meters at 9.9%.  Get ready as this is the first climb before the high mountains.

Next comes the main mountain pass of the day, the Águila via Zipa climb. 15 kilometers at 3.3% with a total of 523 meters of elevation gain. This magnificent climb will remind you of how pleasurable it is to climb mountains by bicycle, it is a long climb but with many breaks, ideal for the legs. During the ascent, the riders will race above 3000 meters high with a sublime view over the valley of the Subachoque river. Once we reach the top and where the official timing of the race will end, everyone goes down to the municipality of Pacho. The medium distance will go down 2.5 kilometers and long distance go down 22 kilometers until they enter the town of Pacho.

The race will finish on the top Alto del Águila. Once there, there will be a controlled descent to the Salt mines where the award ceremony and closing event will take place.

LONG COURSE IS A COMPETITION: Only the finishers of the long course are eligible for category rankings and Overall and Podium awards. If you want to race and be ranked in your category, you must complete the long course. Top 10% of finishers in each age group earn a spot in the Qualifier Corral at every GFNY World event.

 

MEDIUM COURSE IS NOT A COMPETITION: The riders of the medium course will be provided their start-to-finish time, but will not be ranked by finish time. All finish times will be listed in alphabetical order.

Race Guide

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Perks included as part of GFNY Bogotá

THE JERSEY: All riders receive the official GFNY Bogotá race jersey, which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.

CHIP TIMING: GFNY Bogotá is a timed race. Each athlete has their own timing chip, which starts right after you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Timing results will be available at gfny.cc/results.

FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Bogotá finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2023 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

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