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Cycling fever to grip the island

Cyprus mountain biking organisers are busy preparing for the Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2017 international tournament, which is set to take place early next year.

The dates are fixed for February 23 to 26 for the Afxentia stage race and March 5 for Amathous.

The Cyprus Sunshine Cup is one of the most famous Mountainbike Series in the UCI Calender. It takes place every year in the early season.

The first race took place in 1997 and had been held thereafter under different names before being renamed to “Cyprus Sunshine Cup” in 2006, becoming an official series in the UCI calendar.

“The Cyprus Sunshine Cup is synonymous with the rise of mountain biking in Cyprus,” said Giorgos Apostolou, who is head of the Cyprus Cycling Federation. “This is a competition that has been taking place for the last 20 years. This competition also helps to promote Cyprus abroad as an ideal destination for mountain biking, as it is covered by the media across the world and, in particular, Europe.”

This year’s competition will once again be organised by Bikin’ Cyprus Events Management, with chief organiser Michalis Hadjiioannou saying that some of the world’s best mountain bikers will once more home in on the island.

“The upcoming Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2017 will take place in the communities of Lefkara and Lythrodontas and will also include Macheras and the ancient area of Amathounta. Some of the finest athletes from across the world will be taking part, including Olympians, world champions, world cup winners, national team members and professional teams.”

Some of the big names include Czech racer Jaroslav Kulhavy, an Olympic medallist, who will once again be taking part.

“Last year, we had 300 athletes taking part and a total of 4,500 visitors arrive for these games. You can imagine the financial benefits from this tournament for these communities,” added Hadjiioannou.

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