The UCI has confirmed the dates of Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2015. Afxentia stage race, which is registered as SHC category, kicks off on 26 of February. As second part the picturesque venue in between the ruins of Amathous returns into the mountain bike cup on 8th of March.
Afxentia SHC stage race
The classic Afxentia stage race will stay in the four days format. This year the event for the first time was successful extended from three to four stages, introducing famous silver handcraft town Lefkara into the program.
It was a fully success and from 26th of February to 1st of March Afxentia will repeat in the same way: An opening time trial in Lefkara, then a point to point with start and finish in Lefkara. Third day will offer a point to point in Lythrodontas and the fourth and last stage is the well known cross country race at picnic place Mantra tou Kampiou.
The stage race will also have two categories for Masters, licensed or not. One from 30 to 39 and another from 40 up to….
Amathous returns into the calendar
For the second the round one week later, the riders will move from the Macheras Mountains to the coast line. At Agios Tychon, between the ancient ruins of Amathous, a C1 listed cross country race will be held. After one year break the venue at the border of Limassol, returns. The race course is known as technical demanding and picturesque as well. It touches the beach, hits the rocks and offers a fantastic view to Mediterranean Sea.
By the way: All the women appearing on the first six spots of the opening world cup round in Pietermaritzburg, RSA, were competing the weeks before at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup. This says a lot about the quality of the competition held on the sunny island.
Dates Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2015
- February 26 to March 1 - Afxentia stage race (SHC)
- March 8 - Amathous Agios Tychon (C1)