With perfect weather conditions, varied and challenging terrain and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder that Cyprus is a firm favourite for leisurely and competitive cycling - all year round.
Enthusiasts love the island’s rugged character, which can go from rocky to clay, and steep to flat, all within the space of 10km. And whilst you will enjoy the feel of the balmy Mediterranean breeze through your hair, unlike other destinations, the island’s wonderful climate lacks strong headwinds... the ideal setting for exploration by bike!
Whether venturing out on your own adventure, or following one of the myriad of routes, the roads ahead unfold across scenic urban, rural, mountainous and coastal terrain, with plenty to discover along the way. You will find all manner of sights whilst on two wheels; streams, forests, quaint villages, the natural, the cultural and the historical, and it is easy to end up somewhere delightfully unexpected.
The most popular months for cycling are those of spring, which also welcome high-calibre cycling events, including The Sunshine Cup and The Volkswagen Tour. The courses of the events are designed in a way to suit the abilities of top elite riders, whilst also providing leisure bikers with a fun and testing experience. In the months between, the island is considered to be a firstrate training location, as well as a cyclist’s dream environment just for the sheer love of the sport.
The Cyprus Cycling Federation (www.cypruscycling.com) a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) – is the organiser or supporter of major events and other competitions throughout the year, whilst each town has its own dedicated cycling groups who always welcome visitors on their weekly rides. And with new networks of urban cycle paths being added continually, and joining the designated cycle routes for each region, all you need to do is grab a map or complimentary cycling publication and get pedalling!