On April 13, French President Macron announced that events will be allowed again from mid-July.
On April 15, the new start date of the Tour de France was announced for August 29, 2020, which corresponds to our festive weekend in Vaujany. The UCI followed suit, announcing the resumption of competitions from August 1, 2020 and the establishment of a new 2020 calendar.
On April 28, the French prime minister announced that no events of 5000 participants or more will be allowed before September 1. This is yet another confirmation that GFNY Alpes Vaujany will be held on August 30 because we expect 1000 riders.
Conclusion: GFNY Alpes Vaujany is happening on August 30, 2020!
ABOUT VAUJANY: GFNY Alpes Vaujany is hosted in the picturesque French Alps village of Vaujany. Enjoy scenic cycling on the most famous climbs in the world. Vaujany offers accommodation options at all budget levels, restaurants, and outdoor and family activities. Vaujany is extending a warm welcome to GFNY riders and wishes you a great race.
CHIP TIMING: GFNY Alpes Vaujany 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.
LONG ROUTE: With close to 4000 meters of climbing over 117 km, the GFNY Alpes Vaujany long route is a test of your legs, and your willpower. The race starts with a controlled 5km descent from the mountain town of Vaujany. After the quick descent, the first challenge of the day begins: the 25-km climb up Col de la Croix de Fer, first through the forest, then past lac de Grand'Maison, then to its breath-taking top at 2,067 meters. After descending on the other side, and flat 10k in the Maurienne valley, you’ll climb Col du Glandon. After the descent off Glandon, you will face the final challenge of the day: the climb back to Vaujany and your finish line celebration.
MEDIUM COURSE: The GFNY Alpes Vaujany medium route seems easy on paper with its only 41km. But don't be fooled, the 1700m of climbing are at times steep, and while you will enjoy 20km of descending, the other 20km of climbing will be a challenge.
After the initial neutralized descent from Vaujany (altitude 1245m), you will get right into the La Croix de la Fer climb, and from the start it will test you. The first 8km are on a steady, straight road that averages 8%, with a max incline of 14%. After a brief breather through the village of Rivier D’Allemont, there is a short descent that leads into the final 8km of climbing. Expect a brief pitch of over 20% before the road settles back to a more moderate 8% average. Some sections of 2-3% will give you a small rest before reaching the turn-around point and aid station at the beautiful Lac de Grand’Maison (altitude 1743m).
After the 16km descent back down to the valley (altitude 795m), you still have the final ascent back up to Vaujany to tackle. It's steady and has some nice switchbacks, but at average 8.6%, you will definitely be earning your finish line glory in Vaujany.
Bike advice: Make sure that you bring your mountain-approved gears.
LONG COURSE IS A COMPETITION: Only the finishers of the 117 km 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 20% of finishers in each age groups qualify for the Racer Corral at every GFNY World event.
MEDIUM COURSE IS NOT A COMPETITION: The riders of the 41km 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.
THE JERSEY: All riders receive the official GFNY Alpes Vaujany race jersey, which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.
FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Alpes Vaujany finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they completed. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2020 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.
THE CAMP: In the week leading up to race day, you will have the chance to take on a number of famous climbs to prepare for the race and make the most out of your week in the Alps: Alpe d’Huez, Col de Galibier, Col du Sabot, Col d’Izoard and Col d’Ornon. All group rides are supported with cycling guides and a support van with basic tools, water and food. There will be van transfer from Vaujany for two group rides. On most days, you will have plenty of time to explore the sights off the bike as well.
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