World's largest bicycle marathon comes to Jerusalem

GFNY to hold marathon through Israel's capital this week, offering chance to race near 'history’s most iconic landmarks.'

Eliran Baruch,

Historic race through Jerusalem
Historic race through Jerusalem
Eliran Aharon

One of the most prestigious cycling events in the world will take place in Jerusalem on April 27.

GFNY, the largest global cycling marathon series, will hold its first ever marathon in Israel, offering "a chance to race through the most historic city in the world" and "history’s most iconic landmarks dating back more than 3,000 years."

The GFNY marathon was initiated by the Jerusalem and Heritage Office, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality, and entrepreneurs Shad Gad - Yaniv Cohen and Ilan Zarbiv, and the production of the Kefayim Company.

Some 2,000 participants are expected to take part in the event, including 400 from overseas.

The organizers of the Grand Fondue of New York chose Jerusalem as an ideal city for professional competition. The marathon in Jerusalem will allow you to experience a challenging ride on the most beautiful track in the world!

The event is designed for cyclists at all levels - from amateurs to experienced cyclists. GFNY races are defined according to the various types of sections offered in the track, such as steep climb, strong winds, or combined challenges.

The GFNY offers two 70-kilometer tracks, including 1200 meters of climbing, and a 130-kilometer Grand Fondue fondue, including 2,500 meters of climbing.

The two race tracks will be launched at the Jerusalem Sports Complex, between the Teddy Stadium and the Arena, and from there the riders will continue towards the walls of the Old City. The riders will enjoy riding along major historical sites such as the Old City, the Tower of David, the Jaffa Gate, Mount Scopus, the Hebrew University, the Judean Hills, the Knesset and Ein Kerem.

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin said: "The Grand Fondo events around Jerusalem - with the support of the Jerusalem Ministry of Heritage - are another step in transforming Jerusalem into an international tourist destination as well as a sporting one. The magnificent sites of the city, where both ancient and new routes pass, captivate the eye and the heart, and all that is left is to invite the Israeli and international audiences alike to take part in this unique experience. We will continue to bring Jerusalem forward as a leading capital in all fields."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: "The city of Jerusalem has long been on the international map in terms of tourism events, and in sports we offer both experiential and professional options, just like in the world's leading cities."




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