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7 day early season spring riding in beautiful Cyprus. Staying on the coast in Paphos, we alternate easier days with rides in the hills, all on empty, super smooth roads. The queen stage includes the epic climb to Mt Olympus. Cyprus is the perfect way to kick off your cycling season.
Ride the Paphos Forest: One of the best routes in Europe, an almost car free undulating ride in a stunning pine forest.
Off Bike R&R: Enjoy an early morning sea swim, relax in the spa and sample great local food.
Long gentle climbs in the Troodos Mountains: We spend a couple of days exploring the stunning Troodos Mountains including Mt Olympus.
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Lots of climbing but either shorter rides or an easier day mixed in. Challenging but suitable for most riders.
Mix of climbing & flatter days suitable for most riders.
Cyprus Week Cycling Holiday
What makes Cyprus such a great place for spring cycling? The road surfaces are as good as Mallorca but with almost no traffic. The terrain is mixed with long climbs, rolling hills and flat rides by the coast. And of course this is one of the warmest climates in Europe with temperatures in the low 20s from Feb and 325 sunny days per year. Over this 7 day tour we have two ride options per day allowing you to get some serious miles in or ease into the season gently. Routes alternate between easier rides & days in the hills with the highlights being the amazing Paphos Forest and the end of week sportive up Mount Olympus - from the sea to a ski resort in one ride!
End Of Week Sportive
The big ride at the end of the week takes us from the sea to a ski resort going to the summit of Mt Olympus at almost 2,000m. We will go through a route briefing the previous evening and you will all start together at 8am. We will have feed stops every 25km/h and you will be able to get your day bag with extra layers the higher up you get. The route starts with a flat 15km and then rolls up with flat & downhill sections for 40kms before hitting the main climb (the official Strava segment doesn't start until 58km into the route but there is a proper 5km ramp into this). As you get through the town of Platres the terrain and temperature starts to change and you should hit the snow line around the mountain town of Troodos. The final turn off the Mt Olympus goes past the ski lifts and on most days it is cold here. We will meet you at the summit with your warm weather gear before descending back to Platres for lunch and then roll all the way back to Paphos.
Plenty of tough sectors but suitable for most regular riders.
Kato Paphos, Cyprus
Our base in Paphos is the brilliant Aliathon Resort. We take most of the apartments in the Fishing Village that surrounds the main pool. Breakfast & dinners are in the main buffet restaurant and there is a bar with indoor & outdoor seating to socialise at after a ride. The hotel is a 2 min walk from the beach for a sea swim or you can use the indoor or outdoor pools. The spa is well set up for cyclists with a sports masseur and steam room / sauna. Bikes are kept in rooms with a separate bike room for our mechanics to work on anything after rides.
Airport collections are from Paphos (PFO) and the drive to the hotel takes around 20 mins. We meet all UK & Irish flights in Paphos. If you are coming from elsewhere, please contact our team. We will be in touch to collect your flight details after booking.
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