Cyprus is fast becoming one of Europe’s most sought after cycling destinations offering year-round sunshine, a compact and diverse range of terrain, gentle headwinds and well-equipped facilities according to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.
A new addition to the existing Troodos cycling routes will soon offer cyclists a new set of challenges. Plans for creating a second signposted route starting from the centre of Limassol leading through picturesque villages into the mountains are already under way, with the route scheduled to open in autumn 2013.
Nearly one million UK travellers alone visit Cyprus every year to experience the island’s culture, history and wonderful scenery and what better way to get under the skin of culture than in the saddle of a bike!
The sport is at its peak between November and April, particularly for professional riders who take advantage of Cyprus’ mild winter temperatures to prepare for the start of the forthcoming race season. So ideal, in fact, is the Cypriot topography and climate for cycling, that Czech, German, Swedish and Russian London 2012 Olympic medallist’s all used Cyprus as a training haven during the winter months in the lead up to the games.
A number of bike centres are available on the island offering rental services, route information, guide assistance and support, thus providing an easy way for those who don’t want to fly over with their own kit to enjoy the cycling offering without the extra baggage.
They can also assist cyclists in following one of the island’s 37 routes or lay out a bespoke journey to suit their requirements. Planning a route can take you through a varied landscape combining mountain views, rugged coastlines, tranquil vineyards and olive groves and fascinating ancient ruins.
Travelling by bike also enables the rider to embrace the sights and sounds of nature from up close and notice things that might be overlooked inside a car, and also offers the comforting awareness that you are doing your bit to lower your carbon footprint.
For a rural excursion with the wind in your hair, Cyprus Villages offer a three-days bike rental or for those with the desire to satisfy their competitive edge, Cyprus is host to various international challenging cycling events throughout the year; The Cyprus Sunshine Cup, various dates between February 23 and March 10 – one of the most famous mountain bike series in the International Cycling Union calendar; Volkswagen Cyprus Tour 2013 – March 23-25; Tour of Cyprus 2013, Cycling Challenge – March 29 to April 1; Polis-Akamas Mountain Bike Challenge – September 29-30; White Rocks X-Cyprus Triathlon – October 14.