The Cyprus Cycling Federation in cooperation with the Cyprus Tourism Organization and Bikin’Cyrus Event Management organize once again in 2011, the international "Cyprus Sunshine Cup” races, which are registered in the International Union of Cycling calendar.
International Mountain bike races are being organized for the past 14 years in a row and each year their success is growing more and more, as the greatest names of mountain bike participate in them.
The Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2010 consists of two international races of Class 1 and a race of HC class and all are included in the International Calendar. These events are sponsored by the Cyprus Sports Organization the Cyprus Cycling Federation and the Cyprus Tourism Organization, as well by other sponsors and cooperators in Cyprus and Europe.
Our goal is to continously improve the events quality, upgrading and expanding them, as well as to promote Cyprus as an ideal Cycling destination during the months of October to May.
Climate and landscape
The island has perfect weather for cycling, especially in the months between October and April, when temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C, while annual rainfall is also quite low in comparison to European countries. What's more, unlike other European or Mediterranean countries, the strong headwinds that are a bane to cyclists, here are rare.
But what makes Cyprus stand out as a heaven for cyclists is its compactness. It is like a whole continent condensed into a small island. The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus combines attractive beaches with pine-clad peaks, busy modern Europeanised towns and tranquil old stone villages, vineyards and olive groves and ancient ruins. The short distances mean that there are rapid changes of terrain entailing a variety of different road surfaces over short distances.
Within the space of 10 km you can go from rocky to clay, and steep to flat, enabling you to experience all surfaces within a short period of time, and making the island into one huge mountain bike arena. Bikers can hone their skills on the unique trails of the mountains of Troodos or Machairas, or in the Akamas region, riding steep slopes that have been ridden and tested by many world champions. Quiet roads add to the attraction.
In addition there are no legal barriers to cycling anywhere on the island except of course on motorways.