Our Team

Lidia Fluhme

GFNY co-founder and President Lidia Fluhme is the creator of world's most spectacular start line in cycling, George Washington Bridge. She did not accept 'no' as an answer back in 2010, no matter how often it was voiced. Without the start on GWB, GFNY would not exist. Ever since, Lidia is making sure that you get to ride on closed roads or with police moderated traffic. The 7-time Ironman Hawaii finisher, NYU business school graduate and former Wall Street banker loves a really challenging granfondo, preferably in Italy. She has written a very helpful guide on How To Tackle A GFNY

Uli Fluhme

GFNY co-founder and CEO Uli Fluhme is making sure that all GFNY events are true granfondos in the Italian tradition: you get to have the right of way at each intersection, will be timed start to finish and your result will be based on your time. Uli is a former Wall Street attorney but it is his 20 years of granfondo racing that led to GFNY. He continues to race the toughest granfondos around the world, including all GFNY events. Some of his many visions and ideas make it into GFNY. If he's not working on growing GFNY or racing his bike, Uli is lobbying hard for antidoping. He's a no holds barred voice since 2000 and was key to implement in- and out of competition testing at GFNY. You can discuss antidoping with him on Twitter @ulif.

Matthias van Aken

Matthias is an Elite rider from Belgium who now focuses on racing granfondos because he gets to travel the world. After doing several GFNYs, he joined our team to oversee the GFNY social media, share what you post and keep you motivated and excited. He’s also coordinating our amazing ambassadors, leading GFNY Camps, helping create GFNY videos and much more.

Santiago Sevilla

Santiago is Ecuadorian with a passion for sports and cycling from a young age - and a masters degree in Sports Business at NYU.

For GFNY, he provides global race director services to many of our events so chances are you bump into him at various GFNYs. Santiago is currently based in Mexico but his heart remains in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Talía Schürmann

I’m sure you’ve seen Talia, our co-host of the GFNY Gruppo TV show. She's a Mexican-Swiss living in Aguascalientes with a Fashion Design Degree from IED Barcelona, one of the best design schools in the World. Hence, she wears more hats in GFNY than just being the co-host of the show!

Of course Talia is passionate about cycling and loves spending time in the mountains because she grew up in a small mountain town.

Caroline Lindsay

If you’ve reached out to us, chances are Caroline replied to you. She’s a bilingual Peruvian-British and GFNY rider herself so she can help you with any GFNY question you may have.

Caroline has a degree in Architecture and a Master's Degree in Interior Design from Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. She is also a sports teacher and personal trainer qualified in Barcelona.

Teresa Rekas

Teresa supports GFNY operations and she's also a full time grandmother of the official GFNY mascots Max, Kai and Nik. However, Max and Kai slowly upgrade from mascot to worker. Until they are truly independent, she's got her work cut out for her.