Bali is set to host an international cycling race named the Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Asia Championship this weekend, where some 2,000 local and international riders are expected to participate in the event.
The 2022 edition of GFNY Indonesia is set to take place in Gianyar this Saturday, comprising coastal and mountain trails. In 2016 and 2017, the cycling competition took place in Lombok, while the 2018 edition took place in Samosir.
The Island of Gods hosted the road bike event in 2019 – a year before the pandemic began.
Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati – known by locals as Cok Ace – said today that he expected the event to further boost tourism and the creative economy on the island.
GFNY is an international cycling race series that cycles through 19 countries with 30,000 racers from all over the world competing each year.
This year, the GFNY race in Indonesia will see riders flying in from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the UK, France, Italy, and the US, among others.
The winners of the Saturday event will compete in next year’s edition of the GFNY World Championship in New York.
In addition to the competition itself, GFNY Indonesia will also hold a three-day cycling expo starting today that will feature various booths for visitors to enjoy.