Our Coaching Team

Christian Parrett

Christian Parrett is your Coaching Platform Manager and Head Coach. He possesses years of experience in the sport as a racer and coach, and looks forward to helping you prepare for your GFNY competitions.

As a racer, Christian raced for the US National Team as a junior and U-23 rider, then later road for several professional teams in Europe and the US. He’s been on the podium of National Championships and UCI races, and has raced all around the world.

As a coach, Christian has helped guide riders to qualification for the US Junior National Team and to medals at USA Cycling National Championships. However, he’s equally at home helping beginner riders complete their first 100 mile ride or prepare for their first event.

Christian also loves talking anything to do with racing or training, so be sure to read his articles on our Training Guides page, and feel free to get in touch with him to discuss how a GFNY Coaching program can benefit you.

Vito Valentini

Vito is a USAC-licensed coach and avid cyclist who has been coaching and inspiring athletes since 2004. He is also a Les Mills RPM certified instructor and a ride leader for Gruppo Sportivo GFNY, where he leads training rides from December through May to prepare riders for GFNY NYC. Vito’s teaching and coaching practice is entirely focused on helping beginner and intermediate cyclists improve their lives through participation in the sport. Vito specializes at in-person lessons and training and if you are a beginner looking to conquer your first GFNY Bear 50, Vito can get you there.

Vito is also an important part of the GFNY family, having competed in the very first GFNY event. Since then he has been at the start line every year except for 2017, when he was being treated for, and recovering from cancer.  Cycling is an important part of his life away from coaching for the positive effect it has on his mental, physical, and emotional health.