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GFNY THAILAND – KRABI 2023

Race information

GNFY is a cycling marathon. It’s just like a running marathon but for road cyclists. It has a mass start and you get chip timed to get your personal finish time. Some riders try to win the race. Some riders go for a personal best. And other riders try to bet the cut-off time. Either way, it’s a personal challenge. You make of it what you want it to be. GFNY is a personal endurance challenge where road cyclists compete against others, the clock and yourself.

There are two distances. The competitive long distance is 135.4km. The non-competitive medium distance is 86.3km. Police close roads and moderate traffic so you never have to stop. 

GFNY is open to all fitness levels and to any athlete over the age of 18. To register go to https://gfny.com/register/. You do not need to qualify to take part in GFNY. 

GFNY is a global endurance sports brand. GFNY provides you with a consistent set of rules, an international peloton and races at destinations that offer a great athlete and family experience. At GFNY, you get the chance to race your best, test our physical and mental fortitude, overcome barriers and reach the finish line. 

GFNY started in New York City in 2011. And since 2014, many GFNYs are held all over the world. Join us for the very first GFNY held in Thailand at KRABI on 26 Feb 2023! 

GFNY NYC serves as the GFNY World Championship for the GFNY World Series of races. The top 3 overall (m/f) and top 10% of finishers in each age group at GFNY Krabi qualify for the GFNY Championship in New York in May 2023.

GFNY World events, like the new race in Krabi, provide you that same challenge in locations all around the world. All GFNY events provide the following for you to BE A PRO FOR A DAY:

  • Mass start
  • Individual chip timing from start to finish with awards for all categories
  • Closed roads or police moderated traffic that ensures you don’t have to stop during the race. 

GFNY Krabi is proud to be part of this global road bike series inspired by cyclists who like challenges and exploring all terrains. 

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Race categories

Long route riders are taking part in a competitive race. All finishers are ranked overall and in their age group. Categories are offered only for long course participants.
 
Overall results are based on gun time. Category results are based on chip time.
 
Your racing age is based on your age on December 31 of the race year. 
 
Individual Competition

An age group exists as a competitive category if there is at least one athlete of that age and gender taking place in the race. 

  • Overall m/f
  • 18-34 m/f
  • 35-39 m/f
  • 40-44 m/f
  • 45-49 m/f
  • 50-54 m/f
  • 55-59 m/f
  • 60-64 m/f
  • 65-69 m/f
  • 70-74 m/f
  • 75-79 m/f
  • 80+ m/f

Individuals can also register as members of a team to take part in the GFNY Team Competition.

Team Competition

Individual GFNY riders can register as members of a team to take part in the Team Competition. Simply enter your Team Name in your registration and all riders with the same team name will be ranked together.
  • There is no maximum number of participants per team.
  • The 4 best times of a team will be combined and ranked along with other teams.
  • Each subsequent team of 4 with the same team name will be grouped into their respective team result, plus a letter designation. E.g., Team Go Fast A, Team Go Fast B, Team Go Fast C, etc.
  • All members of a cycling team are eligible for individual prizes in their age group.
  • The three fastest Teams-of-4 will be called to the podium and will receive prizes.
If your team would like to line up in the start corrals together, you can line up in the corral of the group member with the highest race number. Group members cannot move forward to a start corral allocated to lower start numbers.
 
Him & Her
Him & Her is a two-person competition that requires teamwork to get through the race. Him & Her is a separate category from the Individual competition. Him & Her competitors are not eligible for Individual category rankings and also not eligible for the 4-person Team competition.
 
Because it’s tough to find two cyclists of the same ability and fitness, pushing, pulling, drafting, dragging, laughing, cheering, shouting and any other means of working together is allowed. Because assistance is allowed, a time in Him & Her cannot be compared with or ranked among Individual competition times.

The male and female team members have to finish within 30 seconds of each other. If they do not, they will be disqualified from the race for not meeting the category requirement. Because assistance is allowed, changing to Individual category on race day is not permitted.
 
All Him & Her teams are assigned to start together from the dedicated Him & Her start corral, except for VIP ticket holders who want to compete in Him & Her – all VIP ticket holders start from the VIP corral. Qualifier status does not affect start corral assignment if racing in the Him & Her category.
 
Finishers in the Him & Her category are not classified in Qualifier rankings. Qualification is only for athletes in the Individual competition. If you want to compete for Qualification status, you have to race in the Individual category.
 
The Him & Her team competition consists of two age groups: sub-90 and 90&over. Your racing age is calculated based on your age on December 31 of the race year. The two ages as of Dec 31 are added. If the total is 89 or less, the riders will be part of the Sub-90 Him & Her age group. If the ages are 90 or over 90, the athletes will be part of the 90&Over Him & Her age group.
 
Him & Her competitors are assigned similar numbers. Usually the numbers are A&B of the same number. If there is an unexpected number of changes to Him & Her category at the last minute and all A&B numbers are already allocated, the race organizer may also allocate similar or consecutive numbers. Similar numbers could be 95&195 or 280&380 or etc, or any consecutive set of numbers like 801&802. The numbering for Him & Her is established so the couple can be identified in the peloton as Him & Her and have it be obvious that their in-team assistance is permitted under the race rules.
The medium course is a non-competitive, recreational ride. Your total time is provided, but there are no rankings and therefore no categories. The listing of medium route finishers & their time is provided in alphabetical order.
 
If you want to race and be ranked, you need to ride the long route.

RACE SCHEDULE

Important travel dates
* Your flight must land by 1 pm or you will not make it to the expo in time and risk not being able to pick up your race packet. You cannot take part in the race without your race materials. If your flight arrives after 1 pm on Saturday, you have to change your flight.
Schedule of Events

Course maps

Ao Nang Landmark, Krabi’s beach-front shopping, dining and entertainment center, will serve as the Race Village of GFNY Krabi. The start line is located directly aside Krabi’s most famous, central and prominent beach, Ao Nang Beach. A sunrise over pristine blue waters, gently splashing waves, longtail boats, and stunning limestone formations will provide a sense of tranquility before the adrenaline rush of the race kicks off.
 
After a short stretch along the coast, the course turns inland, with both long and medium riders racing through the center of Krabi City, past the University, and heading to hinterlands of Krabi province along fantastic road surfaces. The start will be fast and feel flat, with a few short, steep climbs to test the peloton.
 
After 20km, the course split separates the medium route riders, who will turn left and ride along a flat and fast section, and long route riders, who will go straight and start an undulating climb for 5km. 
 
Long route riders will travel on smaller, rural roads, ride past palm plantations and mango plantations, small local villages and lots of twisty roads and rolling hills, all the while enjoying beautiful tropical nature and imposing limestone formations. The rolling hills will be relentless, a course that constantly goes up and down and totals 2125m of climbing over 135km. 
 
Three significant climbs that are longer and steep will challenge you between KM 35 and KM 85 as you race along the foothills of the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, with views of its imposing 1397m peak and the range’s lower peaks sprawled out as far as the eye can see. You’ll climb to the highest point on the course, at 212m, along the main pass over the Khao Phanom Bencha mountain range and head back to the coast.
 
On a parallel road, the medium route riders will take on a flatter and fast course, with one main climb of 10km reaching 120m. Both routes will come together near the remote, wild coast north of Krabi. Keep an eye out for the iconic statue of the reclining Buddha under a cliff.
 
There is one last short, steep climb before reaching the finish line back at Ao Nang Beach and enjoying the post-race banquet and celebrations.
 
Join us at GFNY Krabi and be spellbound by the beauty of Krabi, the beaches, the limestone formations, the National Park. Savor the standard of hotels and restaurants and service, while enjoying sport and all the tourism attractions that Krabi has to offer.
Long Course
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
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.

Entry Fees

Perks included as part of GFNY Krabi

Rules

1. GFNY Krabi (“GFNY”) is a bike ride where riders are individually timed.

2. Entry

2.1. The entry to GFNY is open to riders aged 18 or older. GFNY has the sole discretion over entry numbers and cut off dates.

2.2. Riders who are serving a ban by a federation for a doping violation will be refused. Riders who have served their ban are allowed to ride in the event but will neither be timed nor be in the results and will start at the back.

2.3. Each rider has to ensure that his/her health condition is sufficient for the event.

2.4. Each rider is responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. GFNY may offer additional insurance at its sole discretion.

2.5. Entries are not refundable, transferrable or deferrable. No rider shall be entitled to an entry fee refund in case of disqualification, race cancellation, race postponement or race modification.

2.6. GFNY reserves the right, in its sole and complete discretion, to deny entry, to revoke the entry application of any applicant at any time, and/or to disqualify any individual from the Event.

3. Equipment

3.1. Bike: any roadworthy bicycle is permitted. The following are not permitted: triathlon bikes, time trial bikes, triathlon/aero bars, tandems, e-bikes, prone bicycles, recumbent bikes and bicycles with chair seating (except for para-athletes) or mono cycles. Unsafe bikes can be banned at any time during the event.

3.2. Helmets must be worn by all riders at all times and have to be securely fastened with a chinstrap at all times while riding.

3.3. Jersey: the official event jersey of the respective year must be worn at all times. No exceptions. Wearing a different jersey will lead to a severe time penalty or disqualification.

3.4. Bike number: the number plate with the chip timing straps on the back must be attached to the handlebar and be clearly visible from the front at all times. Any alteration of the number will lead to a time penalty or disqualification or the timing chips may not work properly.

3.5. Jersey number: the jersey number must be worn on the jersey pockets, attached by safety pins. Any wrong positioning or alteration of the number can lead to a time penalty or disqualification.

3.6. Wrist band: the wrist band must be worn at all times during the event.

3.7. Riders have to carry at least one spare tube and a functioning pump or CO2 cartridge.

3.8. The use of headphones will lead to immediate disqualification or severe time penalty.

4. Start

4.1. Riders without their GFNY jerseys, bike number, jersey number, helmet and wristband at the checkpoint will be refused access to the start area.

4.2. The starting corrals close 15 minutes before the start.

4.3. Start order:

(1) VIP: Returning champions from the previous year (overall, age groups), guests

(2) Competitive corrals

(2.1) Top 10% of each age group of all GFNY World events of the previous 380 days. Top 20% of each age group of the previous GFNY Championships.

(2.2) Licensed racers in several corrals according to their ranking.

Minimum requirement: active Pro, active highest licensed amateur category.

GFNY reserves the right to limit the front corral to qualifiers at GFNY World events if there are space constraints.

Race corral requests may not be honored within a month of race day.

(3.) General GF riders according to their age group (younger to older)

(4.) Middle distance riders

(5.) Para-athletes with hand cycles

Riders have to start in their designated corral. Riders are allowed to start in a corral further back than their designated corral. If a rider attempts to get in a corral further ahead than allocated he/she will be put in the last corral or disqualified.

5. Competition

5.1. All riders are timed by chip timing from start to finish. Overall rankings are determined by gun time. Age group rankings are determined by net (chip) time. Only riders who complete the GFNY long distance course are eligible for competition ranking and prizes.

The middle distance is a timed but non-competitive event.

5.2. Categories:

Category is determined by rider’s age on December 31.

(1) overall m/f

(2) 18-34 m/f

(3) 35-39 m/f

(4) 40-44 m/f

(5) 45-49 m/f

(6) 50-54 m/f

(7) 55-59 m/f

(8) 60-64 m/f

(9) 65-69 m/f

(10) 70-74 m/f

(11) 75-79 m/f

(12) 80+ m/f

(13) under 90 him and her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed.

(14) 90 and over him and her: times of a mixed gender team added. Riders have to be within 30 seconds at each checkpoint. Outside assistance between teammates is permitted and encouraged. No devices to push or drag are allowed.

(15) Team of four (any gender): times of the fastest four riders of a team added.

(16) An age group exists as a competitive category if there is at least one rider of that age and gender taking part in the race.

5.3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. Distribution of the prizes is at the sole discretion of GFNY. Prizes not picked up at the awards will be distributed to other riders. Prizes will not be shipped or handed to anyone but the winner.

5.4. All protests concerning the order of finish shall be examined and resolved by the chief judge, whose decision is final and without appeal. It is the rider’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with the rules of the event and the course before the start. Taking alternate routes or cutting the course short leads to disqualification from the current competition and to a ban at future GFNY.

6. Abuse

6.1. No rider may be disrespectful toward race directors, officials, staff, riders, volunteers, local residents or spectators.

6.2. No rider may use foul or abusive language during GFNY.

6.3. No rider may assault (an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another) or do battery (any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another) to anyone connected with GFNY (including but not limited to riders, spectators, public officials, volunteers, staff, etc.).

6.4. Any of the above will lead to disqualification or a lifelong ban for Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

7. Conduct

7.1. Cyclists have to obey all laws of the road including traffic lights and stop signs unless overwritten by police. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement and/or disqualified and removed from the event.

7.2. No rider may make an abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider, either intentionally or by accident.

7.3. Any rider who appears to present a danger to the other riders may be disqualified by GFNY either before, during, or after the event.

7.4. Pushing or pulling or any other physical assistance among riders is prohibited in all categories except the Him and Her categories where pushing or pulling is encouraged.

7.5. No outside assistance is allowed (incl. but not limited to team cars, personal support cars or handing in supplies from roadside).

7.6. If a rider is laying on the ground and is visibly in difficulty, any following rider has to stop and help unless there are already at least three people helping. You may continue if a) the victim is fine or b) medical personnel has arrived. Help others, you may need help one day.

7.7. Any misconduct with respect to the above will lead to disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

8. Environment

GFNY is committed to protecting the environment. Any discarding of trash or food outside the designated trash receptacles at the aid stations or “eco zones” is prohibited and can lead to a time penalty or disqualification and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

Any urinating in public is prohibited and can lead to disqualification, ticketing by local law enforcement and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events).

9. Performance Enhancing Drugs

9.1 GFNY is committed to a drug free sport. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are prohibited in preparation for and during GFNY. GFNY reserves the right to enforce doping controls before, during and after the event.

9.2 Any violation of World Anti Doping Association (WADA) rules will lead to disqualification, reclaim of prizes and a lifelong ban at Gran Fondo New York, Inc. events (including but not limited to GFNY World events). GFNY shares positive doping controls with other event organizations as well as the public at large a rule violation has been determined.

9.3 If a rider declines to be tested, he/she will be banned.

9.4 A Rider who tests positive at GFNY will have to reimburse the cost of the doping control. Furthermore, such rider has to reimburse GFNY for any damages to its reputation that are a consequence of his/her positive doping control. If the rider is part of a team participating at GFNY, the team can be held liable for this damage.

10. Acceptance of Risk

All those who ride and compete under these rules do so at their own risk. No liability shall attach to GFNY or any of its officials with respect to any loss or injury sustained or caused by anyone competing or riding in GFNY.

11. Changes

Course, date, rule or any other changes pertaining to the Event can be altered if deemed necessary at the sole discretion of GFNY.

Remarks

Remarks:

  • Online registration closes on 31 January 2923 (23:59 h, GMT +7) or until sold out.
  • Entry and extra items are non-refundable.
  • Entry is non-transferable to another competitor.
  • Entry is non-transferable to next year’s competition.
  • Entry include VAT.