In the world of cyclists, there are individuals who not only excel, but also contribute significantly to the growth and integrity of the sport. One such remarkable figure is Ulrich ‘Uli’ Fluhme. As the co-founder and CEO of GFNY Global Endurance Sports Series, he has not only changed the landscape of amateur endurance challenges but has also emerged as a prominent voice advocating for fairness and integrity in the world of sports. In this blog post, we invite you to delve into the fascinating journey of Uli Fluhme and Gran Fondo in episode 11 of Applover podcast.
Lawyer, cyclist, organizer, race director
Before his foray into the endurance sports sector, Uli Fluhme had a remarkable career in law and finance. His professional journey began as the General Counsel Alternative Fund Services at UBS in New York City, where he honed his business acumen. This background would later prove instrumental in his role at GFNY© – the brand well-known to amateur and pro cycling elite.
GFNY, short for Gran Fondo New York, is a name that resonates with endurance athletes worldwide. The organization, co-founded and led by Uli Fluhme for over 13 years, boasts three decades of experience in planning, organizing, and executing endurance events. With events held on five continents, it offers anyone who loves to cycle the opportunity to challenge against both the clock and fellow riders in stunning locations around the world. Interested? Type ‘gfny’ into your browser, watch gfny videos, and join the camp!
The Right of Way through George Washington Bridge
One of the crown jewels between various GFNYs is the NYC edition. It serves as the World Championship within the GFNY World Series of urban bike races, with police moderated traffic. Under his guidance, GFNY NYC has become synonymous with the “BE A PRO FOR A DAY” ethos, providing competitors with a truly professional experience. Every aspect of these events, from the challenging courses, pro tour circuit to the impeccable organization, reflects Uli’s culture of excellence instilled within GFNY. What does the Washington Bridge have to do with it? You’ve got to hear that in this episode.
The Champion and a Hands-On CEO
What sets Uli Fluhme apart is his active participation in GFNY events. He doesn’t just lead from the sidelines; he gets in the saddle and rides alongside participants. This hands-on approach allows him to understand the athlete’s perspective intimately, enabling GFNY to continuously improve and deliver unparalleled experiences.
Discuss Antidoping: Prevent and Detect
Uli Fluhme’s dedication to fairness and integrity in sports is not limited to his role at GFNY. He’s been an outspoken advocate for antidoping measures since 2000. Under his leadership, GFNY has implemented rigorous in- and out-of-competition testing, ensuring a level playing field for all participants. His unwavering commitment to anti-doping has bolstered the credibility of GFNY events and underscores his passion for clean and honest competition. Aim to tackle a GFNY? Stay away from dope!
@ulif: The Voice of Antidoping
For those who wish to stay informed about Uli Fluhme’s thoughts and advocacy, we’ve recommended his Twitter handle, @ulif, which is a valuable resource. Here, he shares insights, news, and updates on anti-doping efforts and developments in the world of endurance sports.
This episode will keep you motivated and excited
Ulrich Fluhme, known to many as Uli, is a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and excellence. His journey from law and finance to becoming the CEO of GFNY and a prominent anti-doping advocate is an inspiration. With Uli at the helm, GFNY has not only expanded globally but has also maintained its commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to athletes. His hands-on approach, commitment to anti-doping, and dedication to fairness make him a compelling figure in the world of endurance sports. We invite you to listen to our podcast episode with Uli Fluhme to dive deeper into his remarkable journey and the insights he has to offer to athletes and sports enthusiasts alike.