Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2014
Afxentia Stage race to take place over four days
Cyprus Sunshine Cup is ready for 2014. There are only two stops, but the Afxentia stage race is extended to four days and can serve as a preparation for the Cape Epic.
"We wanted to improve and giving the Cyprus Sunshine Cup a new impulse," says Mike Hadjioannou. The Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2014 has the same number of days of competition as before, but it is reduced to an eleven- day format.
The head of the organizing agency Bikin' Cyprus with this new concept targets at the amateur riders. And in a special way to the riders who want to take part in the Cape Epic in South Africa a few weeks later.
The Mediterranean island is a preparatory destination for many Central Europeans in two ways. First, regarding the climate and secondly, regarding the trails. The Cape Epic race requires technical skills that can be trained thoroughly in Cyprus.
Not only they are technically challenging and physically demanding, but the trails of Afxentia stage race also offer stunning views. The first of four days will be a time trial event. However, compared to all previous editions, the race will not take place in the Macheras Mountains, but in Lefkara.
The new second stage starts from there also. Finish of this stage will be at Skarinou and along the way you can enjoy the beautiful nature. Lythrodontas is the start-finish place for stage three, and the riders will ride the well known large loop through the Macheras Mountains. On stage four on Sunday the cross country race concludes the competition, which is UCI registered as HC.
"The Afxentia stage race is an ideal preparation for the Cape Epic and you can use it as part of a training camp," says. Mike Hadjioannou.
This is true for non-licenced riders and for the professionals who often use the Cyprus Sunshine Cup to prepare for the World Cup season.
The second stop of the MTB series will then take place one week later in Voroklini as a cross country race. Situated not far from Larnaca, riders will once again feel the pressure and intensity of competing.
More info at www.cyclingcy.com
Dates Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2014
- Afxentia stage race (SHC) - February 27 to March 2
- Voroklini (C1) - March 9