City of Jerusalem hosts inaugural GFNY Middle East – African Championship
(NEW YORK CITY, April 26, 2018) – GFNY makes history this Friday with their inaugural event in the Middle East in the city of Jerusalem, the most historic city in the world.
GFNY is breaking new ground in the Middle East. Over 40 nations and 1300 riders will be representing at GFNY Jerusalem. The event is also the first Middle East – African Championship for GFNY. The top 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 next month, May 20th. It is the last GFNY qualifying event for the 2018 World Championship race.
Both the long route (130km) and the medium route (70km) start from the Jerusalem Arena. Riders will ride past Jerusalem’s old city walls and other historical iconic landmarks and ancient sights dating back more than 3,000 years which include the Tower of David, Jaffa Gates and Mount Scopus with views of the Judea desert, Hebrew University, The Knesset and Ei Karem. However, one road on the race course is so new, that construction only finished 1 week ago: a 2km-long tunnel that leads to the GFNY Jerusalem finish line. The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, joined GFNY Jerusalem organizers on April 23 for the inaugural ride through the tunnel to the GFNY Jerusalem finish line.
The main climbs on course will take place outside of the city, in the Jerusalem hills. Also known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the hills average 10% gradients with a total elevation of 2319 meters over the long route.
The multi-national and multi-cultural field of riders will be tackling a demanding course, but all they will have to focus on is doing their best during the race. Top-level security and logistics is in place for the world-class event.
“This is the first GFNY in the Middle East and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Lidia Fluhme, President and co-founder of GFNY. “Jerusalem is a spectacular host venue on so many different levels and riders are in for a truly historic experience on Friday.”
The race ends at the Israel Aquarium where a festival atmosphere and post race ceremony and celebrations for riders, friends and family will take place.
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
27 April GFNY MIDDLE EAST-AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
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
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