Enjoy cycling and mariachis at GFNY Zapopan

GFNY, the global endurance sport series, is coming to

Zapopan, Mexico on October 2, 2022!

 

The Course

GFNY Zapopan starts and finishes in the historic center of the city, in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan and the municipal plaza, on colonial style streets surrounded by beautiful flower gardens. This is a fast course with a few hills and lots of peloton racing. Even though the maximum inclines reach just 3%, you will be racing at 1500m elevation, which will add to the challenge.Experience the adrenaline of a mass start GFNY race as you go by numerous historic sights of Zapopan and the Guadalajara metropolitan area. Right at the start of the race, you will pass the Arcos de Zapopan and then make some fast turns inside the city until you reach Bosque de los Colomos, a large park known for its botanical gardens. As you race past the park, you then make a right turn on Av Acueducto, where the streets open up and the racing will kick into high gear.As you head north out of the city, you’ll feel the false-flat climb in your legs as we pass by the famous baseball stadium of the Chorros of Jalisco. You’ll pass by a number of tourism attractions, such as Museo Trompo Mágico, a famous children’s museum, Akron Stadium of the Chivas soccer team, and the beautiful Metropolitan Park.
You will complete the race loop back in the historic city of Zapopan. Medium distance riders will finish and get to celebrate their achievements, while the long distance riders will head out for a second lap. Expect a full show at the finish festival with bands, DJ, VIP area, pasta party, and all the well-known festivities that a GFNY Mexico finish party always offers.

 

Long Route – 146 Km / 1234m+

 

Medium Route – 73 Km / 616m+

 

About Zapopan

Zapopan is part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area and is one of the most upscale municipalities in Mexico. Best known as being the home of the Virgin of Zapopan, an image of the Virgin Mary made in the 16th century, which was credited with a number of Miracles and visited by pope John Paul II.

Zapopan and Guadalajara are also where Mariachi music originated in the 19th century and where you can find mariachi bands, dancers, food vendors and crafts stands in the heart of the city entertaining spectators. Stroll through the colonial-era center of Zapopan and enjoy the small streets, stores, parks, fountains, plazas and restaurants.

Just outside Zapopan are vast highland fields of Agave located in the municipality of Tequila, which is famous for its Tequila fields and factories. Due to its historical and cultural importance, the city of Tequila was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Tequila tours are some of the fun activities you can do while here which will give you a real taste of Mexican culture, literally.

While here for GFNY, take your time and explore the city of Zapopan, its neighbor city, Guadalajara, and immerse yourself in Mexican history, its flavors and traditions.

 

 

GFNY Perks


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

FINISHER MEDAL
Every GFNY Zapopan finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3×2022 GFNY medal or the 10x lifetime medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

GFNY WORLD
The top 10% of finishers in all age groups riding the long course qualify for the front corral start at the GFNY World Championship NYC.

 

Getting There


 

Travel
The Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Aiport (GDL) is the second largest airport in Mexico and only 25min from downtown Zapopan. There are daily flights from all cities in Mexico and many international flights including from Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and many more. If you can’t find a direct flight, you can fly into Mexico City and take a quick connecting flight to Guadalajara from there. Airlines that fly to Guadalaja include; AeroMexico, Volaris, Viva Aerobus, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines.

 

Getting Here
It’s very convenient to drive to Zapopan from the cities listed below. Just pop your bike on the rack and come with all your family and friends. From Mexico City, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Veracruz, you can travel directly via the Cuacnopalan-Oaxacan Highway.
    • México City – 6h
    • Puebla – 7h
    • San Luis Potosi – 5h
    • Colima – 2h40
    • Aguascalientes – 2h40
    •  Culiacan – 8h

 

 

 

 

 

 

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