The Cyprus Gran Fondo has been going for 10 years and is a unique event in the sportive calendar. Used by many as an early opportunity to qualify for the UCI Granfondo World Championships on rolling terrain, the event is spread over three days. The first day has a time trial for UCI qualifiers or a sportive. Day two & three are different sportives, both short at 96km & 54km but over challenging terrain.
We have four & seven night breaks available staying in Paphos. Each include guided warm up rides, mechanical support, private feed stations & pre race briefings.
Start the racing season in style in sunny Cyprus. Three varied routes on closed roads with some very competitive racing at the front and a fun atmosphere at the back.
The routes take in beautiful hill top towns, old wood and steel bridges and stunning views of the coast.
The Granfondo Cyprus is a unique event in the cycling calendar - 3 days with a Time Trial & 2 Granfondos over a long weekend all with the chance to qualify for the UCI Granfondo World Champs if you finish in the top 25% of your age category.
Arrival day. We will meet you in arrivals at the airport for the short transfer to the hotel. Our mechanics are on hand to build bikes or fit rentals. At dinner our guides will run through the itinerary for the week.
Warm up ride one. After breakfast we meet at 9am for a 9.15am roll out. Today's ride is a leisurely 55km ride with 1,000m of climbing discovering a different part of the island to the Granfondo.
A longer ride to the north of the island through the hills. The full ride is 130km but we have a shorter option of 90km for those wanting to save their legs for the weekend.
Arrival day for 4 day packages. We do two recon rides - a time trial route and the highlights of stage two & three.
At 7.30pm we have a pre race brief going through last minute tips for the race.
Time trial day or Granfondo stage one. We have support teams at both routes with private feed stops and mechanics on hand to make sure your bike is in perfect condition.
Queen Stage. After a full breakfast including porridge, we head to the race village. The start of the queen stage is at 9.20am. We have a mechanic at the start and have a private feed station on the route.
Final Gran Fondo stage. The start is slightly earlier at 8.30am and finishes by late morning. Option to fly home on Sunday night or stay for our post race party and head home on Monday morning.
The Aliathon Resort is a perfect base for a week of riding and enjoying early season sunshine. Comfy rooms, excellent restaurants and sports facilities including tennis courts, football pitches, mini golf, lane pools and more.
Carbon rental bikes available with Ultegra & disc brakes. These will be delivered to your hotel.
There are two options on day one (27th March) - a time trial & a sportive. The other two days are sportives, both relatively short. The queen stage is day two - 96km, 1600m of climbing with almost a 40km climb. On Sunday (29th March) the last stage is short at 54km but with plenty of climbing. Three interesting and different race days...
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 28.6
Elevation gain: 357
Ride Distance: 96
Elevation gain: 1600
Ride Distance: 54
Elevation gain: 1435
Fly into Paphos Airport (PFO). We meet all UK & Irish flights.
Each stage is independent of each other so qualifying in the top 25% in your age category of any stage books you a place at the World Champs.
Choose 4 to 7 nights in Paphos with fellow GB riders as we race to qualify for the UCI Granfondo World Champs.
All Packages Include:
4 Night Single Package
4 Night Twin / Double Package
7 Night Single Package
7 Night Twin / Double Package