Over 300 elite international riders from 15 Asian nations are set to invade the streets of Iloilo when the Gran Fondo NY Asian Championships (GFNY) kicks off in Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao this Sunday.
The 72-hectare township has been named the official venue of the Philippine leg of the GFNY, the world's biggest cycling event, with Festive Walk Mall hosting the majority of the events.
Racers can drop by the mechanical service booths stationed at the mall from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday to wrap up their preparations before tackling their respective courses. They can also pick up their race packets at the mall in the afternoon beginning 1 p.m.
Daily group rides, meanwhile, are also being held ahead of the race proper, and local bikers are invited to take part as well. Festive Walk Mall serves as the starting point for these preparatory rides that begin at 8 a.m.
The official race kicks off at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday at Festive Walk Mall. This Philippine leg features a competitive long-distance course of 133 kilometers and 650 meters of climbing, as well as a non-competitive middle distance course covering 64 kilometers with a 220-meter climb.
The awarding of winners will be held at 1 p.m, while courses officially close at 3:30 p.m.
The qualifier race is one of the five continental title series that form part of the 2019-2020 GFNY World Race season.
The overall male and female winners of this leg will earn a ticket to compete at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship 2020 to be hosted in New York City in May next year.
Twenty percent (20%) of finishers from each age group in the long route will also be earning a coveted start seeding in the GFNY Qualifier Corral for 380 days, including at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship 2020.
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