Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2011:
New record: 29 different nations are registered
Six days to go and Cyprus Sunshine Cup announces a new record with the number of 29 countries taking part. Another good news is the participation of world class rider Blaza Klemencic.
“This huge number of different countries is really impressive. Sometimes you have this not in overseas world cup races. This shows that Cyprus and our main supporter Cyprus Tourism Organization are on a good way to become a real important mountainbike destination”, chief of organizing agency Bikin’ Cyprus Mike Hadjioannou comments on the number of different countries he counts on the registration list.
In 2010 the number was 25 and that was already pretty much. Apart from the the big mountainbike countries like Switzerland, France or Germany there will be some riders from Kazakhstan, from Lebanon, Malta, Corea or Estonia and Latvia.
Asian Champion Kohei Yamamoto of course has a long trip from Japan but as world ranked number 26 he is no exotic rider in the cross country familiy.
Blaza Klemencic, who earned a fourth place at world cup finals 2010, meanwhile is also confirmed. The Slovenian from German Felt Ötztal X-Bionic team in earlier times was specialist for marathon races and in this discipline in 2004 she was European Champion and in 2005 she won silver at the worlds.
Klemencic is accompanied by her team mates Thomas Litscher (Sui) and the Austrian Karl Markt and Simon Scheiber.
German u23 national team has registered too, as well as the Dutch and the Swedish national team.
Cyprus Sunshine Cup opens the European mountainbike season with the race in Voroklini on February 20 and includes the Afxentia stage race which is stated as SHC and so is one of the highest awarded cross country race all over the world. The finals will be held at Amathous on 6th of March.