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Punta del Este

With its many beaches, seaside homes, yacht harbors, high-rise apartment buildings, exclusive hotels, chic boutiques and glitzy restaurants, "Punta" is South America's most glamorous resort destination. Punta is teeming with big names and jet-setters. Surrounding towns caught up in the whole Punta scene include the famed club zone of La Barra to the east and Punta Ballena to the west. Punta itself is confined to a narrow peninsula that officially divides the Río de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean.
 
As a prime touristic destination, Punta del Este offers many attractions and activities. Beach and water are at the heart of the Punta del Este experience. The port and beaches provide excellent conditions and complete services for any water sport you may want to enjoy. Rentals are available, from yachts to surfboards! Also golf, horseback riding, and all club sports are there for the family to enjoy through day-passes. 
 
Punta's cuisine, entertainment and nightlife are second to none. The whole coast has a large selection of fine dining restaurants that cater to every pallet from seafood to meat to Italian, French, Argentinean and more. La Barra’s tranquil daytime beach scene turns to a lively club scene at night.
 
Art, architecture and culture are marvels of Punta del Este, from contemporary Latin American art at Ralli Museum, to the art gallery district in La Barra, to Punta Ballena’s Casapueblo. When you’re going on your pre-race rides, you will ride by neighborhoods of homes with every kind of architecture, randomly scattered one aside the next, it makes for a unique sight. A walk down Avenida Gorlero is a step into Punta’s history.

Course

GFNY Punta del Este's course is demanding, and it honors its name. From city, to beach, to sprawling cattle ranches and past landmark architecture, this race will challenge and amaze you.
 
The race starts right at Punta del Este's doorsteps, in the heart of Playa Mansa.  And it goes West, leaving town along endless wild beaches, pine forests, luxury homes and natural lakes up to the first important climb:  the iconic Punta Ballena.  Both courses, long and medium, share the road all the way to the quiet town of Pan de Azúcar.  The Medium Course then goes East on R9, while the Long Course takes R60 Northbound, and the real challenge begins. You will race past vast cattle ranches and scenic, remote villages on small, rural roads. The whole course has police-moderated traffic.
 
The wind will dictate your pace, and wind direction will vary. The climbs are short, but they are steep. On the long course, there is a stretch of 80km of unrelenting climbs ranging from 300m to 1km long, with inclines averaging 8% to 12%.  If you like to test your ability,  or are looking to overcome yourself, the long course offers plenty of challenge, while the recreational medium route is more attainable, both in distance and climbing. 
 
To complete your incredible GFNY Punta del Este experience, enjoy your hard-earned post-race meal & celebration and awards ceremony at the swanky Parador Pedro Figari beach club.
 

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.

Course Map

Perks included as part of GFNY Punta del Este

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

CHIP TIMING: GFNY Punta del Este 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 for all riders will be provided at the finish area on race day and online after the race.

FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Florida Sebring finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they completed. 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.

GFNY Gear

Train with GFNY to have your best race

What are your GFNY goals?
            Podium!
            Qualify (finish in the top 10% of my age group)
            Improve my time
            Finish the race


GFNY Coaching is here to help you prepare for your best race day. We offer these t
wo options:
 
a) Get a GFNY Coach for personalized training: maximize results with the time you have available.
b) Get one of our GFNY specific training plans on TrainingPeaks: structure, expert advice and a motivation boost with flexibility to match your life.

GFNY Coaching

The personalized training plan written by your GFNY Coach is tailored to your schedule, cycling experience, fitness and goals. GFNY Coaches are qualified coaches with years of success in working with athletes of all fitness levels. 

No matter your goals or your cycling experience, with GFNY Coaching you get personalized training plans, advice, and guidance to focus on your target race. Whether you have a couple of months to tune-up, or half a year to change yourself completely as a rider, you will be ready to earn that PR, get your highest placing ever, or finish your first GFNY race.

Let the GFNY experts at GFNY Coaching prepare you. GFNY coaches have raced GFNYs and understand the demands of every race and course on the calendar.

Training Plans on TrainingPeaks

Benefit from training structure and work out smarter by following a GFNY training plan. The easy-to-follow GFNY training plans are designed to give you flexibility and control over your training process and adjust based on how you feel, the weather and your physical condition.

The plans are written by GFNY Coaches, with options based on your cycling experience, and are tailored for the type of GFNY race course you’ll be racing - flat-to-rolling, or mountains.

GFNY Training Center

The GFNY Training Center section of coaching.gfny.com provides you content focused on training topics like nutrition, cadence, and power, as well as course guides to GFNY races around the World. This training and course strategy content is free to every GFNY athlete. 

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