Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2019

Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2019

The Ultimate Mountaibike Challenge! 

Afxentia Stage Race 21-24.2 |  Amathus 3.3

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.

Like last year, The Cypurs Sunshine Cup "The Challenge" will follow the first three stages of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup! "The Challenge" addresses non-UCI riders and provides 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 2019:


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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 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!



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.



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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The Authentic Mountaibike Experience for Everyone!

If you are a passionate mountainbiker, love trails and want to race amongst the best riders in the world, but you don't have a UCI licence then the Cyprus Sunshine Challenge is exactly what you're looking for!

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 In their own category!The mountainbikers can combine their holidays in Cyprus with a high quality event where they will be riding among the best riders in the world!

  • 3 days of mountainbike racing (Stages 1,2,3)
  • More than 250 bikers from around the world
  • Unparalleled weather conditions
  • One of the oldest stage race events on the UCI Calendar
  • Season opener for professionals
  • Excellent and inviting trails for different technical levels
  • Accommodation and race packages

Participation fee for the Stage Race:   €200

The race fee includes:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Meet the Professionals at the Races
  • Electronic Timing
  • Route Signage
  • Safety Personnel
  • Feeding and Water stations
  • Technical Assistance on Course
  • Medical Assistance
  • Memorabilia T-shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Bib and Bike numbers
  • Maps and Profiles
  • Pasta Party
  • Certification of Participation
  • Energy Gel
  • Sponsor's goodies
  • Local Treats after Each Stage (Stages 2 & 3)
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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1  |  Afxentia Stage Race – SCH 

Stage 1 - XCT: Distance: 13.8Km | Ascent: +134m  

Map |  Profile  |  Course GPX

Stage 2 - XCP: Distance: 52Km | Ascent: +1820m

Map  |  Profile  |  Course GPX 

Stage 3 - XCP: Distance: 61Km | Ascent: +1916m

Map  |  Profile  | Course GPX 

Stage 4 - XCO:  Distance: 5.9Km per lap | Ascent: 219m per lap

Map  |  Profile  |  Course GPX  |  Start Loop GPX  |   Warm Up Area GPX


Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

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

Map  |  Profile  |  Course GPX  |  Start Loop GPX


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Amathus C1

Men Elite  |  Women Elite, Junior Men & Junior Women  |  Cadets, Masters & CFA


Stage 4

Men Elite   |  Women Elite


Stage 3

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers  |  Cadets & CFA


Stage 2

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers


Stage 1

Men Elite  |  Women Elite  |  Juniors  |  Challengers


National Cup

National Cup


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Cyprus Sunshine Cup #1  |  Afxentia Stage Race – SCH

UCI licensed riders  
Men/Women Elite                19+ yrs (born before 2000)  €170
Junior Men/Women                17-18 yrs  €100


Non-UCI licensed riders  (Stages 1-3 ONLY) 200 
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




Cyprus Sunshine Cup #2  |  Amathus XCO – C1 

UCI licensed riders €35  
Men/Women Elite 19+ yrs (born before 2000)  
Junior Men/Women 17-18 yrs  


Non UCI licensed riders    €45    
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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