Inaugural GFNY Jerusalem a big step in transforming Jerusalem into an international cycling destination
(NEW YORK CITY, May 3, 2018) – The historic city of Jerusalem hosted the inaugural GFNY Middle East – Africa Championship last Friday, April 27. It was hailed by the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, MK Zeev Elkin Sai, as a big step forward in transforming the city into an international cycling destination.
Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat started the race and gave a warm opening ceremony welcoming the 1300 riders from 30 countries.
The riders went out fast from the start along the rolling hills course through the heart of the city. Along the course, riders were treated to an amazing tour of Jerusalem passing most historic sights such as the Tower of David, The Knesset, Mammila, The Old City of Jerusalem and then onto and up the Jerusalem Hills on fully-closed-to-traffic roads.
A group of seven quickly formed, but after 4km, Jurgen Moreels of Belgium turned up the heat and created a gap of 5 minutes. After 40km, the chase group began to break down. They had been working hard to catch Moreels, but their effort was no match for the power of the Belgian on a day where he averaged 38kph through Jerusalem City, and over 80kph on the downhill section.
Moreels never looked back and crossed the line in 03:51:04 for the inaugural GFNY Middle East-Africa Championship held at the inaugural GFNY Jerusalem. Aaron Hitman from Israel was in second with a time of 04:00:56. Alon Lehrer rounded out the podium in 04:01:45.
In the women’s race, the top two were the only women to finish in less than 5 hours. Local, Paz Bash took a dominating win in 4:44:49, followed by Noa Borochovitch (Isr) 4:50:48 and Keren Meretz (Isr) in 5:04:52.
20% of finishers in each age group in the long route will qualify for the Racer Corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 20th.
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Samosir-Indonesia, Jerusalem-Israel, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Poland and Uruguay.
Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY by competing against others, themselves and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.
At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.
Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC
The 8th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 20, 2018. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.
The official GFNY website is: www.gfny.com.
GFNY World 2018 calendar
20 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
27 May GFNY POLSKA-GDYNIA
5 August GFNY BRASIL
2 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP DEUTSCHLAND
2 September GFNY ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP INDONESIA-SAMOSIR
9 September GFNY PORTUGAL
21 October GFNY PANAMA
11 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO
25 November GFNY CHILE
GFNY World 2019 calendar
25 February GFNY BALI
17 March GFNY MONTERREY
17 March GFNY URUGUAY
24 March GFNY LATIN AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP COLOMBIA
31 March GFNY COSTA RICA
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST-AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
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