February 25, 2019
GFNY Bali offers you the chance to experience one of the most famous and beautiful islands in the world on your bike. The beachside host town, Sanur, is Bali’s oldest upscale resort area. Offering a quieter way of life to its neighboring towns, it boasts lush tropical gardens flowing onto stunning white sand beaches and has an abundance of shopping, fantastic restaurants and accommodation options for every budget. The warmth of the Indonesian people will make GFNY riders and their families feel very welcome.
Riders will start out along a coastal road. The competitive long route covers 142km and 2100m of climbing, including a 1350m ascent to the crater rim of the Batur Volcano. The non-competitive medium route is 82km and 950m of climbing. For the long route riders, once you reach the top of the volcano with sweeping views of the 13km-long Batur Lake, there is a 40km descent to the bottom and the finish line. Riders of both routes are treated to an authentic Indonesian cycling experience along rice paddies, tropical jungle, temples and dozens of small villages with cheering spectators.
Denpasar’s International Airport / Ngurah Rai International Airport (Code: DPS) has direct flights from Asian, Australian and Middle Eastern cities. From other destinations, a connecting flight is necessary. Sanur is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
If you book the VIP Package of GFNY Bali, you will stay in the Official Host Hotel in Sanur in the center of all GFNY activities
- the race start is in front of the hotel
- the Welcome Dinner (Pasta Party) in the garden of Holiday Resort
- the expo is in the hotel
Find out more here.
At GFNY Bali, the top 10% of riders in all age groups qualify for a front corral start at the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 19, 2019.
Indonesian cyclist dominates inaugural GFNY Bali
It was the first long distance race over 100km for local, Juwanto, who took an impressive win at the inaugural GFNY Bali on Sunday, February 4.
The competitive long route covered 142km and 2100m of climbing, including a 1350m ascent to the crater rim of the Batur Volcano. From the top of the volcano, riders had a picturesque 40km descent down through villages, paddy fields and rainforest to the bottom and a flat, scenic 20km coastal route to the finish line.
Used to racing short 20-30km distances, overall winner Juwanto stepped up to his first long distance race. Preparation included cycling a 3-hour work commute as part of training, and using the hilly terrain around Central Java province’s capital of Semarang as his training ground.
Overall and age group winners of the long distance qualified for the racer corral at the 2018 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC, this coming May 20, 2018.
“We are very proud to have hosted now the third GFNY race in Indonesia. GFNY Bali was a fantastic inaugural event with 1000 athletes taking part on Sunday,” said Axel Moeller, GFNY Bali co-organizer. “We chose Bali because the island is a fascinating venue for tourists from around the world and strong government and police support for a safe and enjoyable race for all riders. We are now looking forward to the next GFNY Indonesia – the GFNY Asian Championship at GFNY Indonesia on a stunning race course circumnavigating the Samosir island on Lake Toba in North Sumatra this coming September.”
In the men’s race, Juwanto (Indonesia) crossed the line five minutes ahead of Aryanto Nugroho (Indonesia) and Candra Dauna Utama (Indonesia) who battled to a tight sprint finish in 4:13:01 with Nugroho edging out Utama for second.
In the ladies race, Gia Amalia (Indonesia) impressed over the challenging course taking the win in a time of 5:17:53. Christina Liew (Singapore) came second in 5:26:47 and Stelle Chen He (Taipei) rounded out the podium in 5:30:08.