GFNY roundup: 31 countries represent at inaugural GFNY Malaysia

April 27, 2017

Host state Perak rolls out the red carpet for GFNY Malaysia riders

NEW YORK CITY, April 27, 2017 – 400 riders from 31 countries took on the first ever GFNY Malaysia last Sunday April 23. Riders were treated to a scenic course and cultural experience in host city Ipoh, capital of Perak which is just 200km outside of Kuala Lumpur.

Riders from as far as the USA, Mexico and Germany rode the competitive 161.5km distance or non-competitive 74.9km distance on a fast course with palm tree-lined roads, limestone hills and smooth roads. Under sizzling tropical conditions, it was Malaysia’s first cycling marathon where riders all raced together while being chip timed start-to-finish, got ranked based on finish time and took part in podium awards.

GFNY Malaysia organizer, Amin Jay has also organized the professional race Tour of Langkawi. His experience and expertise resulted in a highly polished and well executed inaugural event where riders had a true ‘Be a Pro for a Day’ experience, as the motto of GFNY states.

“Riders were treated to true Malaysian hospitality. Not only did they have a fantastic riding experience with a flawless course, traffic control and marshalling, the State of Perak and host city Ipoh rolled out the red carpet and treated riders to a wonderful pre-race dinner and cultural performances,” says GFNY President Lidia Fluhme.

Raziff Jaafar (Malaysia) took the men’s overall title in 4:30:13 and Nur Assyira Zainal Abidin (Malaysia) won overall women in 4:41:45.

While there were just a few riders were in the hunt for the overall win, there were many age groupers that were looking to finish among the top 10% of their category to qualify for the final spots in the racer corral at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 21 2017.

The next race will be the 7th annual GFNY World Championship in NYC next month.

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico 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.

The official GFNY website is:

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 7th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 21, 2017. 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:

GFNY World calendar

February 26, 2017 – GFNY Colombia –
March 17-19, 2017 – GFNY Italia Stage Race –
March 19, 2017 – GFNY Uruguay –
March 26, 2017 – GFNY LatAm Championship Mexico City –
April 23, 2017 – GFNY Malaysia –
May 21, 2017 – Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC –
June 25, 2017 – GFNY Europe Championship Mont Ventoux –
August 6, 2017 – GFNY Brasil –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Deutschland –
September 3, 2017 – GFNY Asia Championship Indonesia –
September 29 – October 1, 2017 – GFNY Provence Stage Race –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Argentina –
November 12, 2017 – GFNY Cozumel-Mexico –
November 26, 2017 – GFNY Chile –

Further Material for Media Use

GFNY Malaysia video: here
GFNY Malaysia photos: here
GFNY Malaysia teaser video: here
GFNY World calendar graphic: here
Previous GFNY press releases: here
GFNY photo archive (credit SPORTOGRAF): here

Media Contact

Gran Fondo New York Inc.
Uli Fluhme
Phone: +1.212.933.4033
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