GFNY's green jerseys are coming to New Mexico.
After many years of rapid expansion overseas, GFNY has its first event in the US to go alongside the New York City championship.
Indications are GFNY Santa Fe will take place at the end of June, 2019. It will not be the faint of heart with the Ski Santa Fe climb up to 10,300ft on the route.
This past weekend, promoter Mike McCalla was seeking 10 to 15 riders "that look good on their bikes!" for a photoshoot.
Both McCalla and Uli Fluhme of GFNY declined to comment.
"It has the potential to one of the best cycling events in the Southwest," said John Woodson, the Bucket Rider, who knows the area well.
"Santa Fe is a world class destination city and The Ski Santa Fe climb is just awesome, perfect for GFNY. At 14 miles, +3,300 feet and finishing above 10,000 feet it's as tough as any Pro Tour HC climb. 'The Wall' in the middle section will challenge everyone with two miles at 10%," he said.
Almost a year ago Santa Fe's Public Works and Land Use Committee voted its support of Tourism Santa Fe signing a franchising agreement with GFNY, which was founded and is run by Lidia and Uli Fluhme.
At the time Uli Fluhme repeated his desire to expand in North America.
"We'd love to have GFNY in Santa Fe. It's a fun destination that offers challenging riding - perfect for a GFNY," said Uli. "Yes, we're looking at other US American destinations. We continuously get inquiries. It just has to be the right fit," he explained.
GFNY has spread across the globe and has events in Europe, Asia and, Central and South America.
The network of international feeders makes the New York race a true United Nations of cycling with large numbers of racers flying in for it.
Back in October 2017, Randy Randall, Executive Director Tourism Santa Fe, told the Albuquerque Journal that the projections are for 750 cyclists in year one, doubling by year three at which point the event would pay for itself.