City of Jerusalem welcomes back GFNY for a race on fully closed roads through the heart of the city

NEW YORK CITY, May 1, 2019 – Israel and the city of Jerusalem welcome 1300 riders from 45 countries who will race for the GFNY Middle East – Africa Championship title at the second edition of GFNY Jerusalem this Friday, May 3.
The top 20% of finishers in each age group in the long route will qualify for the Racer Corral at the 2020 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC next year. GFNY Jerusalem is the first qualifying event for the 2020 World Championship.
Riders will take on one of two distances on Friday. The 130km long route with 2904 meters of climbing will include five main climbs that take place outside the city in the Judea hills where ancient tales of David and Goliath took place. Nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’ many of the hills are 8% gradient. On approach to the finish riders will pass through Israel’s 2.1km long cycling tunnel as they race to a celebrated finish at the Israel aquarium.
The non-competitive 70km short route with 692 meters of climbing will start out with the long distance from the Jerusalem Sports Center and go through downtown and Jerusalem’s famous historical sights.
“Last year the inaugural event was an amazing success. The City of Jerusalem did a tremendous job to offer the riders an incredible experience on fully closed to traffic roads in the heart of the city,” said Lidia Fluhme, President and co-founder of GFNY. “It’s exciting to be back, and we are looking forward to see riders from all over the world making memories of a lifetime on historic ground!”
About GFNY
GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA 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 9th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 19, 2019. 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 2019/20 calendar
3 May GFNY MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP JERUSALEM
19 May GFNY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NYC
23 June GFNY SANTA FE
7 July GFNY COSTA RICA 
4 August GFNY BRASIL
8 September GFNY EUROPE CHAMPIONSHIP PORTUGAL
1 September GFNY INDONESIA
22 September GFNY PHILIPPINES
12 October GFNY ECUADOR
20 October GFNY PANAMA
3 November GFNY ARGENTINA
10 November GFNY COZUMEL-MEXICO 
24 November GFNY CHILE
23 February 2020 GFNY BALI
8 March 2020 GFNY MONTERREY
15 March 2020 GFNY SOUTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP URUGUAY
22 March 2020 GFNY COLOMBIA
29 March 2020 GFNY ITALIA
29 March 2020 GFNY REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
Further Material for Media Use
GFNY Jerusalem photos: here
GFNY Jerusalem 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.
Emma Bishop, [email protected]
Uli Fluhme, [email protected]
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