Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2018

Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2018

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.

This year the Cyprus Sunshine Cup is introducing the Challenge! The Cyprus Sunshine Challenge  is a 3-day event addressing non-UCI riders providing the opportunity to passionate amateur mountain bikers to compete in the first three stages of Afxentia Stage Race and get ranked into their own category with a General Classification at the end. The mountain bikers can combine their holidays in Cyprus with a high quality biking event where they will be riding among the best cyclists in the world!


Facts of Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2018:

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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 FZ2

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 FZ1 | Start to FZ2 | Start to FZ3 |  FZ1 to FZ2

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

Course Map | Start Loop  |  Warm Up Area

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

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

Course Map | Start Loop

 

Download the Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2018 -  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)  €150
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs  €90
 
Non-UCI licensed riders (Open Categories)
Find more info for the Cyprus Sunshine Challenge

 

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

UCI licensed riders €30  
Men/Women Elite 19+ yrs (born before 2000)  
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs  

                                                       

Non UCI licensed riders (Open Categories)     €40    
Cadet Boys/Girls U15   13-14 yrs    
Cadte Boys/Girls U17   15-16 yrs    
Men/Women Open   19-29 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 #2 | Amathus XCO - C1

Men Elite and Junior Men |  Women Elite  |  Cadets and Masters

 

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 | Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

Stage 4 - XCO:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  

Stage 3 - XCP:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors & Chellengers  |  Cadets U17 & U15

Stage 2 - XCP:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2 | Amathus XCO - C1

Men Elite & Junior Men

Women Elite & Junior Women

Cadets & Masters

 

Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 | Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

Stage 4 - XCO:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors

Stage 3 - XCP:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  National Cup  |  Challengers

Stage 2- XCP:                                                                  

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers

Stage 1 - XCT:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2018 General Classification

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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1 | Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

Final General Classification:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors

General Classification after Stage 3:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers

General Classification after Stage 2:

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers

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Event News
10:00 - 13:00
Registrations and race bag pick up at Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area, in Skarinou
13:30 - 16:00
Registrations and race bag pick up at Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area, in Skarinou
10:00 - 16:00
Training in all four courses of the Afxentia stage race
10:00 - 13:00
Registrations and race bag pick up at Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area, in Skarinou
13:30 - 16:00
Registrations and race bag pick up at Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area, in Skarinou
17:30
Technical Meeting, at Environmental Information Centre of Larnaca Mountainous Area, in Skarinou
18:30
Welcome Pasta Party. All riders, Team Managers and Team staff Welcome!
Stage 1 – XCT (Time Trial) | Lefkara
11:00 - 12:30
Training in the Time Trial course
12:30
Start, Juniors and Masters
14:00
Start, Women Elite and Men Elite
Stage 2 – XCP (Point to Point) | Lefkara
10:00
Award Ceremony for Stage 1, Lefkara village
10:45
Staging, All Categories
11:00
Neutral Start, Men Elite
11:01
Neutral Start Women Elite
11:02
Neutral Start Juniors + Masters
11:15
Official Start - Rolling Start
13:30
Award Ceremony for ELITE categories - Stage 2, Lefkara village
14:30
Award Ceremony for all other categories - Stage 2, Lefkara village
Stage 3 – XCP (Point to Point) | Lythrodontas
10:40
Staging, All Categories
11:00
Neutral Start, Men Elite
11:03
Neutral Start, Women Elite
11:10
Neutral Start, Juniors and Masters
11:15
Official Start - Rolling Start
11:30
Start Cadets U17 & Cadets U15
14:30
Award Ceremony for Stage 3, Men and Women Elite, Lythrodontas village
15:00
Award Ceremony for Stage 3, Juniors and Masters, Lythrodontas village
Stage 4 - XCO (Cross Country Olympic Format) | Mantra tou Kampiou
10:15
Staging, Juniors & Women Elite
10:30
Start, Women Elite
10:35
Start, Junior Men & Junior Women
12:15
Staging, Men Elite
12:30
Start, Men Elite
15:00
Award Ceremony for Stage 4 and Stage Race General Classification, Lythrodontas village
10:00 - 16:00
Registrations and race bag pick up at the Amathus Archaeological Site
11:00 - 15:30
Training in the Amathus XCO course
16:00
Technical Meeting near the Start/Finish line
Amathus - XCO (Cross Country Olympic Format)
09:00
Staging, Cadets, Masters and Cycling For All Categories
09:15
Start, Cadets, Masters and Cycling For All Categories
10:45
Staging, Women Elite and Junior Women
11:00
Start, Women Elite
11:01
Start, Junior Women
13:00
Staging, Men Elite and Junior Men
13:15
Start, Men Elite
13:16
Start, Junior Men
15:00
Award Ceremony for All Categories, Amathus Archaeological Site