Next year will see the inaugural edition of the Grand Premio New York, a new UCI-level cycling race set to take place in the United States. Scheduled for 19 May, the race will unfold in New York City, the largest city in the country.
Classified as a UCI 1.2 event, the Gran Premio New York is set to host an impressive lineup of 25 teams, including ten professional squads. While the full list of participants is yet to be confirmed, it is certain that Italian teams Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè and Team Corratec-Selle Italia will be competing.
Race director Uli Fluhme hinted at further announcements in the coming weeks, indicating that numerous continental teams from around the globe are expected to join. The event has been in the pipeline for some time, originating from a Granfondo version (GFNY) that began in 2011. Fluhme expressed that it would be a missed opportunity not to host a professional race on their established circuit.
The idea of a WorldTour race in New York was previously explored in 2013 with the UCI, but it did not materialise. Now, a decade later, New York will finally host a UCI race, albeit at a slightly lower level than initially envisioned.
The inaugural edition of the Gran Premio New York will start from a unique location – the George Washington Bridge, also known as the GW Bridge. This toll bridge spans the well-known Hudson River and was constructed in 1931. Named after George Washington, the first president of the United States, the bridge will serve as an iconic starting point for the race.