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Rockford

Rockford is the second largest city in Illinois outside the Chicago metro area. It’s located just 1hr from Chicago and its main international airport, Chicago O’Hare (ORD), making the trip to GFNY Rockford easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
 
Rockford has many activities like the Discovery Center Museum and Burpee Museum of Natural History, as well as a downtown area lined with shopping and great bars and restaurants. Outside the downtown area, there are many shopping and dining options, especially the large shopping and hotel center off the I-90 in the eastern part of Rockford.
 
There are many bike paths throughout the city adding a fun way to explore the city, its parks and activities while you’re in town during GFNY race week. The Rock River is the main natural attraction that runs through the heart of Rockford, and several bridges connect the city. Searls Park and the Anna Page Forest Preserve are beautiful parks you should visit. 

Course

The pre-race expo and post-race festivities are all hosted from the Venetian Club. The race start and finish line is conveniently located just aside the Venetian Club, on Elmwood Rd. After you depart from the Venetian Club, ride north to the loop through Winnebago County. Medium distance athletes will complete the loop once, long distance athletes will be racing the loop twice.

Enjoy fast racing over rolling hills in summer conditions through scenic northern Illinois. You’ll ride past the incredible nature: Nygren Wetland Preserve, Williams Tree Farm, The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, Colors Sands Bluff Nature Preserve, Ferguson Forest Preserve and across and along the Pecatonica, Sugar and Rock Rivers.

Take advantage of long straights in the first half of the loop to cover the distance quickly with your group. The early miles on the long straight roads will lead to attacks, stay near the front of the pack to cover attacks and keep company for the recovery.

The return portion of the loop has small, winding roads and turns, making your peloton positioning an important part of your race strategy. Because of the twists and turns, the attacks will become decisive race moments that will fragment groups.

Luckily, being in peak summer form, your legs are able to cover the speed and effort variations. Enjoy the pelotons coming together and splitting apart and ideal long distance racing conditions to make the most of your summer fitness at GFNY Rockford.
 

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.

Perks included as part of GFNY Rockford

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

CHIP TIMING: GFNY Rockford 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 Rockford finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2022 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.

GFNY Gear

GFNY Coaching

Coaching.gfny.com is a platform to help you find your best GFNY performance through personalized training plans, performance analysis, online meetings and an extensive library of training content.
 
GFNY Coaching can help you prepare for all your GFNY World races. You can choose from one of three monthly plan options that provides you with a training plan by a GFNY coach to help you meet your goals in your next GFNY, whether the goal is #breaking10, #breaking6, or even #breaking4. All of our plans are customized for each athlete, and feedback and coach contact is always included. GFNY Coaching is available in English and Spanish.
 
No matter your goals or level of experience in cycling, whether you have a couple of months to tune-up, or half a year to change yourself completely as an athlete, you will be ready to hit that PB, get your highest placing ever, or just finish your first GFNY race.

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 of charge to every GFNY athlete.

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