CCC on the top of Cyprus

At the Troodos Visitor Center

At the Troodos Visitor Center

Thomas, Daniel and I inaugurated the new CCC ride in Cyprus on Oct. 15-16, 2013, with basis in Limassol. The first stage was the Mount Olympos climb, the highest peak of the island. We started in the outskirts of Limassol at 8 am, and took about 3 hours and 45 km to get to the summit at 1958m a.s.l. The first 25 km leg goes over hilly terrain with ondulations, until the Costa Supermarket, where we planned the refuelling pause. We then tackled the final ramp of 20 km, a Hors Category climb of 1332m elevation gain and average inclination of 6,8%. This slope was the main goal of the Cyprus rides.

A few km before the summit one passes the Troodos Visitor Center, with magnificent restaurants along the road that invite to step off the bike, I wonder why we didn’t do it. Thomas and Dan duelled on the way to the top and despite a couple of drops, Dan fought his way back to finish at his team-mate’s wheel after 2h44′ moving time from Limassol. This is an average speed of 16 km/h over 39.4 km, 1812 m elevation and 4.1% inclination, you guys are animals. On the summit there is a military complex with no access and nobody to take pictures, so Dan`s long arm did the job (see photo).

Mt. Olympos finishers

Mt. Olympos finishers

The second day we rode from Limassol into the mountains, to a village called Eftagonia, and then back via Arakapas and Akrounta. The route included two mountain prices of 2nd category, 5 km and 3.3 km long, but with steep slopes of 7,9-7,6 % average. We had soar legs and the climbs didn’t make it better, but after the first mountain the ride took a recovery and tourism character, so that in the break at Eftagonia a Carlsberg can crept in among the water. In the way back, we took some time to admire the forest landscape around Arakapas. Coasting on the long descent to Limassol was a great pleasure, with dozens of road turns, good grip on the road, and no traffic. After 55 km and 2h30′ ridden time, we ended at Shakespeare, an English pub with an excellent offer of beer, ideal to wrap up the cycling adventure.

Of course, the island has much more things to offer than a perfect CCC expedition for riders and their families, seeking rest, plenty of cultural sights, nice beaches, culinary experiences and of course a great deal of pain while on the saddle. Plan to join the next time.


Half way down the mountain on the first day.

Half way down the mountain on the first day.


1 Response to “CCC on the top of Cyprus”

  1. 1 nick October 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Mahbrook guys! Wish I could’ve joined you.

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