The world cup overall winner of 2018 comes not only for racing the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, but also for a longer training period. Similar does mtb legend Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa.
She is no novice on Cyprus, for sure not. Since years Yana Belomoyna (CST Sandd American Eagle) shows up on the sunny island and also at the start line of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup. In 2017 the Ukrainian won the final race in Amathous.
The racing and training period on Cyprus was the kick off for a spectacular successful season. Yana Belomoyna celebrated her first ever world cup win in the elite category, followed by two other victories and finally she grabbed the overall win. Additional Belomoyna took the European title.
Obviously a very good reason to repeat and extend the program using the excellent opportunities Cyprus offers for cyclists: Yana Belomoyna starts her training period on Cyprus already on 17th of January and stays until the Afxentia stage race, which opens the Cyprus Sunshine Cup on 22nd of February.
A predecessor of Belomoyna as world cup overall winner, also arrives two weeks before Afxentia. The most successful female mountain bike athlete Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa (Merida) does her final preparation towards the world cup opener in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on Cyprus. The Norwegian is looking on the island as a perfect destination for cyclists, being enthusiastic about the people, the landscape and the trails since she was there for the first time in 2104.
With these two famous personalities, a high levelled Cyprus Sunshine Cup is already secured. It’s also known that Germanys Adelheid Morath and Lisi Osl, both now riding for jb Brunex Felt will arrive on Cyprus, making the 22nd edition of the Afxentia stage race a really interesting women’s completion. More about the registrations list to come.
As for the professionals also for amateur riders Cyprus belongs to very best destinations for mountain bikers. The sun, the trails and not at least the Cyprus Sunshine Challenge, are predestined for passionate off road cyclists. For amateur riders without a licence, the Cyprus Sunshine Challenge offers a new format and some extras as well.