Cyprus Sunshine Cup confirms the edition 2016. The mountain bike series on the sunny Mediterranean island will appear in next years calendar with the same program as the year before. The dates and locations are fixed and the Afxentia stage race celebrates a jubilee.
Four days racing, two in Lefkara and one in Lythrodontas and finally in Macheras Mountains, sums up to the Afxentia stage race, which is already a kind of classic.
Start of Women Elite at Afxentia’s stage 4 (XCO) in 2015, featuring Annika Langvad (201) and Jolanda Neff (200).
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Macheras Mountains, that’s the place, where it all started, 19 years ago. Then growing year by year. Champions, world champions, Olympic champions and more, were coming to Cyprus to start their season on the beautiful island. Until now, no break at all.
It started in 1997. So, from February 25 to 28 2016, the Afxentia stage race celebrates its 20th edition. At the most a fix part of the international mountain bike calendar, extended from three to four days in 2014 and now for the sixth time registered as SHC.
Collecting world ranking points should be important at the beginning of the Olympic season. Not only therefore the Cyprus Sunshine Cup expects a lot of top riders at the start line, as it’s already normal.
One week after the Afxentia, on March 6, it’s Voroklini, which hosts the second event of the cup. The track in the nice village, not far outside of Larnaca, has already seen a lot of top competitions.
“We area happy to announce the dates for 2016 to go in the next round of Cyprus Sunshine Cup. Lots of thanks to the villages of Lefkara, Lythrondontas, Kapedes and Voroklini, who welcomes our event and the riders from all over the world”, says Michalis Hadjioannou from organizing Bikin’Cyprus agency. “We are also grateful to the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Cyprus Cycling Federation, giving us the opportunity to continue.”
Dates oft he Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2016
February 25 to 28 - Afxentia stage race (SHC)
March 6 - Voroklini (C1)