2019 GF Yunnan opens registration!
The official registration for the 6th edition of the Granfondo Yunnan International Cycling Festival, or short Granfondo Yunnan, opens at 15:00 Beijing Time on Monday, 15 July. We recommend everyone keen to join the full tour this year to be vigilant on that day, as we expect the start bibs to go out the door very rapidly indeed!
The 6th edition from 2 to 9 November 2019 will revisit the novelties introduced to the event last year, albeit with one major change. The so-called Ruili stage has been substituted by a Yingjiang-stage, dubbed ‘The River Ride’. That is stage 2 of the event. Another important amendment is the finish line of the Prologue TT in Mangshi on the opening day. That line is now drawn in front of the silver pagoda instead of the golden pagoda. But make no mistake, in this case this means an ‘upgrade’ ! The Prologue is 300m longer than last year but those 300m are uphill and the views are even more astonishing.
The Border Ride from Mangshi to Ruili will use a different main road for the most part, before rejoining last year’s course. Along Gaoligong remains the ‘Queen’s stage’ of the event: 185 kilometres of technical and hilly terrain with magnificent mountain backdrops. Along Gaoligong in Tengchong is a challenge in itself!
The oldest stage is the Dali stage going around Erhai Lake, and we plan not to change anything. That means 115 km of quite flat and fast roads to recover from Gaoligong and loosen up before the big finale on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the Sky Ride in Lijiang, which takes you to 3200m above sea level.
One point to note: like every year we have to await the outcome of the rain season - taking place right now till September - before we can 100 % confirm the race courses for nearly all stages. We beg for your understanding. Trust us that in the worst case we find valid alternatives to what we are promoting right now.
Last year, our event sold out in 2,5 days and given the major success and applause received by participants, we expect a raid on this year’s entry tickets. If you wish to do the full tour in November, you better decide this Monday or Tuesday :-) . Registration opens at 3 pm Beijing Time.