cycling

Cyprus Mountain Bike Experience

Cyprus, 18 Akamantos st, 8700 Droushia, Polis Crysochous Cyprus
amateur professional
1 week
18-65 years
About the program

GET READY FOR AN AMAZING FOUR DAY MTB EXPERIENCE!

Explore Europe's newest cycling destination! With 326 days of sunshine per year Cyprus promises warm weather conditions even at the heart of winter while its varied terrain guarantees a challenging and rewarding cycling experience.

Sports Holidays Cyprus will allocate multiple ride groups to enable cyclists of similar abilities and pace to ride together while 1 ride leader and 1 support vehicle will guide you throughout your trip. High-end performance Canyon rental bikes are available and complete route maps and elevation profiles will be prepared and distributed in advance of your holiday to make sure you have a superior ride experience.

This holiday is based at Drouseia Village in the West part of the island offering great excursions to the beautiful Akamas Nature Reserve, idyllic Paphos Forest and challenging Troodos Mountains routes.

TOTAL DISTANCE: 100 km | Daily Average Distance: 30 km

TOTAL ELEVATION: 1100 m | Daily Average Elevation: 350 m

WEAR: Helmet, Cycling gear and shoes. Don't forget the sunscreen!

INCLUDED: Airport Transfers, Half Board Catering (Breakfast & Dinner), 3* Accommodation, Awesome Support (Vehicle+Guide)

NOT INCLUDED: Flight Tickets, Personal Insurance, Bike Rentals

When you choose Sports Holidays Cyprus for your cycling holiday you can count on a professional team of drivers, local guides, and skilled mechanics who will take care of every aspect of your itinerary.  

Whether it’s a water fill-up on a hot climb or your arm warmers for a cold descent, some encouragement on the climbs, and a good draft on the flats, basic maintenance or a mystery bike noise we will aways be there. Join us to receive our famed support, meet our team of super-star like ride leaders, and ensure your bike's best performance. If you are renting one of our Canyon bikes, our professional Canyon Certified mechanics will make sure it will be fit precisely to your specifications and be maintained in perfect order throughout your trip.

BASE Itinerary

1. Day One: Arrivals

  • Arrivals

  • Check-in

  • Bike fitting

  • Dinner at Hotel Palates

2. Day Two: Akamas Coastline

From the starting point of Sea Rays Cafe we head West towards Toxeftra Beach were the Green and Loggerhead Turtles nest along this 2 km stretch of sandy beach during June time....we ride along the coastline for our first stop at Lara Bay for photos.

We continue along the sandy trail through the Juniper Forest to our next point of interest, Lara Bay Turtle Sanctuary, which is a good opportunity to see the work done by the volunteers to protect the nest sites for the endangered Green and Loggerhead Turtles.

We rejoin the main trail to our next stop of The Chapel of Agios Kononas deep in the Akamas forest....from here the trail descents downhill for 4 km back to the rugged coastline....we take photo stop before returning along the 19 km coastal trail back to the start point for a well-earned drink.

This route is ideal for beginners with some riding experience and good level of fitness.


COURSE DETAILS

Distance: 43km | Total Elevation Gain: 420m  | Grade: 4/10 Easy to Moderate | Total time: 3-4 hour


TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION


3. Day Three: Olympus Circuit

This ride is suitable for experiencedd riders who want to ride the best single trails, with stunning mountain views.

From Troodos Square we follow the Atalante Trail around the highest peak on the island at 1952m (Mount Olympus), this technical single-track trail has stunning forest views.

From the 14km mark we leave the Atalante Trail to join the Artemis Trail to complete another loop of Mount Olympus and riding a total of 21km of technical single trail and reaching a maximum high of 1850m above sea level with the only 250m of total climbing.

This route is not ideal for beginners. Good riding experience and a good level of fitness required.


COURSE DETAILS

Distance: 21 km | Total Elevation Gain: 250 m  | Grade: 8/10 (Technical) | Total time: 2-3 hour


TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION


4. Day Four: Paphos Forest

Roudia Bridge is part of the Natural Trail that connects the three Venetian bridges of Paphos. It was built during the Venetian period and the name “roudia” comes from a bush which was important for the Venetian trade.

From the start point just below the village of Nata, we ride the asphalt road for 3km before heading off-road and along the Xeros River bed, crossing the river in several places along the way, you are sure to get your feet wet.

Our first point of interest is the abandoned monastery Panagia Tou Sinit, which dates back to the 16th century and is still today in excellent condition mainly due to some excellent restoration work.

After a short break we continue along the river pasting two to three disused watermills which were once used in the production of flour.

Our halfway point is the shaded area of the Roudia Bridge where you can cool off in the waters under the bridge.

We return along the same trail stopping for drinks at Argonaftis Donkey Farm before returning to start point for an optional meal at the local village tavern

This route is ideal for beginners with some riding experience and good level of fitness.


COURSE DETAILS

Distance: 34 km | Total Elevation Gain: 350 m  | Grade: 4/10 (Easy to Moderate) | Total time: 3-4 hour 


TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION


Day Five: Departures 

  • Breakfast

  • Departures


About the accommodation

PALATES VILLAGE HOTEL is a family run business, comfortable and traditional. The hotel is built in the historical Cypriot style with stones and fits the rural surroundings.  It is located in the beautiful village of Droushia which is situated in the heart of the Akamas peninsula in the North West of the island.

This charming old settlement nestles in spectacular surroundings on a rugged plateau. There are fantastic views towards the Akamas Nature Reserve and the Troodos mountain range, as well as towards the Mediterranean Sea. The Palates Village Hotel provides an ideal base for exploring this fascinating area. Droushia is only 10 minutes by car to the beautiful beaches of Latchi. The distance to Paphos International Airport is about 40km.

Dates
3
Start
End
Price
11/01/2020
-
11/08/2020
850€
841€
11/15/2020
-
11/22/2020
850€
841€
11/29/2020
-
12/06/2020
850€
841€
Extras
Bike Rental - Lapierre Prorace 429
140€
Single Supplement
180€