Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2017

Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2017

The Ultimate Mountaibike Challenge!

The Cyprus Sunhine Cup us one of the most prestigious mountain bike race events in the world! and one of the most famous Mountain Bike Series in the UCI Calendar. Taking place every year in the early season offers mountain bikers a unique opportunity to visit Cyprus and train for the upcoming season in unparalleled climate conditions. Due to its exceptional route, the Cyprus Sunshine Cup offers the opportunity to the top bikers to sore many points in the UCI category, while giving the chance to amateur bikers to challenge their limits at the same stages.

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The Cyprus Sunshine Cup kicks off with the “Afxentia Stage race”, which has been organized for the past 20 years. Since 1997 it has been registered as a UCI Race, which makes it one of the oldest, if not the oldest existing stage race in Europe, and one of the very few Hors Class Stage Races (SHC) in the UCI calendar. It is organized in honor of the National hero Grigoris Afxentiou who sacrificed himself in the area of Macheras Forest in 1957, during the freedom struggle of 1955-1959.

With the best mountain bikers in the world a permanent “feature” of the race, more and more amateur riders discover the beauty of Macheras Mountains and the great riding the area has to offer and line up next to their idols for some unique early season racing!

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. Many riders have said that “If you are doing well at the Afxentia Stage race, then you are in for a great season”

The second race of Cyprus Sunshine Cup is taking place inside, and around, the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Amathus in the outskirts of Limassol and is a Class 1 registered race in the UCI Calendar.

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Lefkara

Lefkara hosts the first two stages of the Afxentia Stage Race. A picturesque village with narrow and winding, stone paved alleys and traditional architecture of old, terracotta-roofed houses. It is situated at the south-eastern foot of the Troodos Mountains, at an altitude of 650m above sea level. Lefkara village was well known in Europe since the Medieval ages for its lacing and silversmithing crafts. Legend has it, that the famous painter Leonardo da Vinci himself visited the village in 1481 and bought a lace altar cloth, which he donated to Milan cathedral. While riding through the village you can still observe the skilled craftswomen, in the narrow alleyways of the village, patiently creating these masterpieces!

 

Lythrodontas

The community of Lythrodontas hosts the third stage of the Afxentia stage race. Lythrodontas is built on the foothill of the Machairas Mountain region and is covered by the green colour of its olive groves which combined with the wild vegetation of pine trees and thyme create a beautiful scenery! The village has a long tradition on agriculture and farming, and is well known for its high quality and tasty olive oil. The first mentions of organized agriculture and farming in the area are coming from the Byzantine years in Lythrodontas.

 

Macheras Forest– Mantra tou Kampiou

While the start and finish areas of Afxentia are hosted by the largest communities of the area, the core racing is held in the heart of Macheras Mountain which is a National Forest Park! Extending to an area of 4520 hectares, Macheras is one of the largest forested areas of the island. Although covered mostly by Calabrian Pines and Golden oaks, more than 600 plant species can be found in the area - 27 of which can only be found in Cyprus and nowhere else in the world! Being a large forested mountainous area with an ever-changing landscape with a vast network of forest roads and some very nice flowy singletrails, the Macheras area is one of the best areas of the island for Mountainbiking.

 

Amathus

The second race of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup is held inside and around the ancient kingdom of Amathous. Located on the eastern edge of Limassol city, Amathous is one of the significant ancient city-kingdoms of Cyprus where, according to mythology, Greek hero Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne to be attended by local women. It was also an important site of worship of the Goddess Aphrodite-Astarte.

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Cyprus is the right place to train yourself and challenge your limits due to the excellent climate conditions. Racing specialists, touring cyclists and mountain bikers will all find just the right exciting challenges, under the mild Mediterranean climate and a delightful combination of sea, beaches and mountains. Cyprus is the ideal destination for a mountain bike experience, both for professional and amateurs bike enthusiasts.

The island is located on the east end of the Mediterranean sea, offering perfect weather for cycling, especially during the months of October through April, when temperature range between 15°C and 25°C, while the annual rainfall is also quite low in comparison to other European countries. Moreover, unlike other European or Mediterranean countries, the strong headwinds that are a bane to cyclists, here are rare.

Within an area of 10Km you can go from rocky to clay and steep to flat, enabling you to experience all surfaces within a short period of time transforming the island unto one huge mountain bike arena. Quite rural roads, with excellent quality tarmac, well signposted and limited car traffic are some of the key element that accompany the attractive scenery. In addition, there are no legal barriers to cycling anywhere on the island, except of course on motorways.

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1  |  Afxentia Stage Race – SCH 

Stage 1 - XCT: Distance: 14.5Km | Ascent: +147m  

Course Map | Start to FZ1 | Start to FZ 2

Stage 2 - XCP: Distance: 52.2Km | Ascent: +2154m

Course Map | Start to FZ1 | FZ1 to FZ3 | Start to FZ2 | Start to FZ3 | Start to FZ4

Stage 3 - XCP: Distance: 66.2Km | Ascent: +1993m

Course Map | Start to FZ 1, 2, 3 | FZ1 to FZ2 | FZ2 to FZ3

Stage 4 - XCO:  Distance: 5.9Km per lap | Ascent: 217m per lap

Course Map | Start Loop

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

Distance: 4.72Km per lap | Ascent: +175m per lap

Course Map | Start Loop

 

Download the Cyprus Sunshine Challenge Routes and Profiles

 

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1  |  Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

UCI licensed riders
Men/Women Elite 19+ yrs (born before 2000)
   
Non-UCI licensed riders (Open Categories)
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs
Men/Women 19-29 yrs
Masters 1 Men/Women 30-39 yrs
Masters 2 Men/Women 40-49 yrs
Masters 3 Men/Women 50+ yrs
   
CCF licensed riders (National Cup, Stage 4 ONLY)
Cadet Boys/Girls U15 13-14 yrs
Cadet Boys/Girls U17 15-16 yrs
Masters 1 Men/Women 30-39 yrs
Masters 2 Men/Women 40-49 yrs
Masters 3 Men/Women 50+ yrs

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

UCI licensed riders
Men/Women Elite 19+ yrs (born before 2000)
   
Non-UCI licensed riders (Open Categories)
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs
Men/Women 19-29 yrs
Masters 1 Men/Women 30-39 yrs
Masters 2 Men/Women 40-49 yrs
Masters 3 Men/Women 50+ yrs
   
CCF licensed riders (National Cup)
Cadet Boys/Girls U15 13-14 yrs
Cadet Boys/Girls U17 15-16 yrs
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs
Masters 1 Men/Women 30-39 yrs
Masters 2 Men/Women 40-49 yrs
Masters 3 Men/Women 50+ yrs
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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 | Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

Participation fee for UCI riders:           €150 (4-days)

Participation fee for Junior riders:        €90 (4-days)

Participation fee for non-UCI riders:    €185 (3-days)

Participation fee for one-day events: Stage 1: €50, Stage 2 and 3: €75, Stage 4: €55

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2 | Amathus XCO – C1

Participation fee for UCI riders:                   €30

Participation fee for all other categories:     €40

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 | Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

Stage 1 XCT:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Other Categories

Stage 2 XCP:

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