A Cyprus opener for European racing season

Posted on 2011/01/07 by


Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2011 – Riders from all over the world gather in the Island of Cyprus.

The Sunshine cup renews with European riders looking to Cyprus for their last and most important preparation before the World Cup season starts.

cycling-cyprus-sunshine-cup Three days, three stages full of action and a great challenge for performance. Many well known riders have take part in the past in this event like, Alexandra Engen, Bart Brentjens, Horgan- Kobelsky Jeremy, Frederik Kessiakof, Oli Beckingsale, Jaroslav Kulhavy, Sabine Spitz, Irina Kalantieva, Irmiger Heather, Petra Henzi, Lene Byberg and many more. Combining racing with training, Cyprus is ideal for many international Elite Mountain bikers where challenges abound for the riders.

For the Sunshine Cup 2011,  Annika Langvad and Jan Skarnitzl have confirmed to defend their overall titles at Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2010.

The Highlight of the Cup is the Afxentia Stage Race that takes place every year on the last weekend of February in Macheras Forest. This 3 day stage race as it is a Real mountain bike race. A combination of the picturesque scenery of the surrounding area and the challenging courses constitute a complete package for the participants.

The event in 2011, takes place sooner than you can think , february is just around the corner.

The Afxentia Stage race has been organized for the past 15 years as a UCI Race, which makes it, if not the oldest one of the oldest existing stage races in Europe. The 2nd leg of Cyprus Sunshine Cup is world wide the only stage race for single riders in Hors Category status and the winner will earn 160 points for the world ranking. The race is a useful test for many Elite riders, where they can find high-level competition and top-level courses that will challenge them to a last check of their performance after their winter preparation.  It is widely known by riders that «If you can complete the Afxentia Stage race, then your season starts well»

The number of participants is been increasing from the first day that it was organized and in 2010 riders from 26 countries all over the world were lined up on the start line.

The area of Macheras Forest is another high point of the race , being one of the most beautiful areas in the island the year round. The area is protected so there will be no interference of the races courses with any construction projects. The biggest part of the race (app. 98% ) takes place in forest roads and single trails, something that makes it a pure mountain bike race for the riders.

The choice of many riders to participate in the Sunshine Cup and its stages definitely is a a vote for the uniqueness of the route and the landscape as well the format of the race.

The Sunshine Cup – 3 day stage race in just 5,5kms. General Info from Biking Cyprus

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