ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG RIDE?
It is spring in Cyprus and this is when Cyprus is at its best. A cool breeze, a bright-but-not-hot sun, green grass, wild flowers, a light drizzle – it is paradise out there. It’s time for the Scoda Cyprus Gran Fondo!
The Cyprus Gran Fondo is a 3-day Road “Cycling for All” event, which, since 2017, is featured among the biggest cycling events of the UCI as part of the Gran Fondo World Series for cyclists ranging from pros to beginners. The event provides the perfect opportunity for recreational riders to qualify for the World Gran Fondo Championships held every year. All participants of Cyprus Gran Fondo will have the opportunity to earn their qualification in the Gran Fondo World Championship.
Starting every day next to the Mediterranean coast, you will climb some of the nicest mountains of the island and pass through traditional and rustic villages, and then return back to some of the best hotels in Paphos to enjoy your off-the-bike time!
|RACES||Expert & Sportive Groups|
|WEAR||Cycling gear. Don’t forget the sunscreen!|
BASE Package – extra nights available
- Check In
- Race Bag Collection
- EXPERT GROUP ITT – Route: Nikoklia – Nikoklia – Distance: 28.6Km | Total ascent: +357m (Get GPX file)
The Individual time trial (for the Expert group only), will take place in the Diarizos Valley, one of the most fascinating routes in Cyprus. The first part of the 28km route is quite flat with some short rolling hills but the second part (returning back to the start line) is very fast with high speed flat sections and less uphill than the first part. A proper TT bike with aero frame will get you the best results.
- SPORTIVE GROUP – Route: Pafos – Kouklia – Kourion – Nikoklia – Total Distance: 95.5Km | Total Ascent: +1510m. Timed Section: 74.5Km from Kouklia [km 21] to Kouklia [km 95.5] (Get GPX file)
The race starts from Pafos Medieval castle with a neutralised section up to the village of Kouklia. There we have a stop of 10 minutes for rehydration and some fruit and snacks before we head towards Limassol. The timed section starts at 21km as soon as we enter the B6 road direction to Limassol, so from our stop in Kouklia until the main road (1km) the group speed will be controlled by the race director. The timed section route leads to Kourion Amphitheatre and archeological site where we will turn round. From there we follow the return route to Kouklia and the finish. The last 800m are uphill of average 7% with sections of 8.5% incline.
- EXPERT AND SPORTIVE GROUPS – Route: Pafos – Kouklia – Total Distance: 96Km | Total Ascent: +1600m. Timed Section: 76Km from Nikoklia [km 20] to Kouklia [km 96] (Get GPX file)
The Queen stage starts in front of Pafos castle and after a 15km neutralised section, the timing starts near Nikoklia village (flying start) and continues along the river in Diarizos valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Cyprus. After the small village of Kidasi you will escape from the main road and enter the old road towards the ruins of Trozena village. This is where you and your bike will be first tested, along a 2km rough terrain in the middle of this uphill section! At 46 km you have a short flat and descending section where you can recover and get ready to tackle the next uphill towards Vasa village. After 57km in the race, comes the hardest uphill of the day, the road from Omodos towards Agios Nicolaos through “kremmos tis Laonas” area. On your right you will be able to see Mount Olympus which is the highest peak in Cyprus. From km 60 onwards life is again beautiful and by now you understand again why you do this! Nice small village roads, traditional villages and most important lots of descending will lead you to the finish.
- EXPERT AND SPORTIVE GROUPS – Route: Pafos – Tsada – Total Distance: 54Km | Total Ascent: 1435m. Timed Section: 37.5Km from Agia Varvara [km 14.5] to Tsada [km 54] (Get GPX file)
Stage 3 is a qualifier event for the UCi Gran Fondo World Series and it will include more climbing compared to previous years and of course a completely different route! Starting as always in front of the Pafos castle and riding east until Ag.Varvara village where we will have a flying start of the timing section and this is also where the climbing starts. All uphill sections average 5.5 – 6% with an exemption of a shorter hill at the 29th km from the start which averages 9% for 700m. From that point onwards you are already 550m above sea level and enjoying the scenery of Ezousa’s valley. The Xeros potamos valley on your right will take your mind away from the pain! Once you have reached the first peak, before Statos – Agios Fotios village, you are now descending in one of the most pleasant descents of the area. Occasionally you will ride on the ridge of the mountain and in other sections you will ride between deep cliffs. The descent to Choulou village is where you need to be a bit more careful. Choulou is a small village with a nice coffee shop in the centre where you always feel welcome for a coffee and a snack. From Choulou to Letymbou you have one shorter hill to overcome before descending again in in Letymbou village where the last feed zone will be located. From Letymbou you start ascending on a 3km long uphill towards Kallepia and the finish village of Tsada (same as in 2018). As all good things come to an end, so is your 3-day trip in the beautiful area of Pafos. We are sure that you are tired but you have just accomplished one more targets as a cyclist! Congratulations, Cyprus Grand Fondo 2019 is behind you with a successful finish in Tsada.
Time to say goodbye!
- Check Out
Home to some of the best hotels in Cyprus, Paphos offers a wide range of accommodation options.
Aliathon Holiday Village
Established in 1992 with the opening of 52 apartments, the Aliathon has now grown into a holiday village with a total capacity of 329 rooms/apartments and suites and an extensive and enticing array of services and facilities. Aliathon was the dream of five brothers and sisters, the Philippides family. Today ownership remains with their families who have a stronger than ever commitment to offer a superior service and a personal touch oriented to the traditional Cypriot culture and green environment. With a wealth of experience and an enviable reputation for quality of service, Aliathon Holiday Village will guarantee customer satisfaction and excellent service ensuring you have the holiday of your lifetime.
Athena Beach Hotel
Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel is a four star, beachfront hotel in Kato Paphos within easy walking distance from the picturesque harbour, the archaeological sites, the shops and the nightlife. A bus stop is just outside the hotel and taxis are always available. Parking in the hotel car park is free for guests. The resort is situated 15 km away from the Paphos International Airport and 140 km from Larnaca International Airport. Also within short driving distance are two super golf courses. All the rooms feature spacious balconies offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean or of the hotel’s tranquil gardens, as well as luxury bathrooms featuring bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower, Simmons® Luxury Beds and floor to ceiling windows.
Bike Rentals are not included in this package. Browse through our fleet below to add your bike in the cart or choose your bike later by filling in the check out form.
1. Non training partners
This trip is well suited to non-training partners and families. The 4 & 5 star resorts have an abundance of activities and amenities, including multiple pools, game rooms, restaurants, and a luxury spa. The hotels are within walking distance to the beach and the port, which are bustling with shops and restaurants. Other island activities include hiking, touring and camel-back riding.
2. Single travellers and twin to share
Single travellers are welcome on all our camps, holidays and tours! We trust that you will have a great time and meet like minded people. As a single traveller you can have a single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement we can pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) so you can join us without having to pay extra.
3. Getting There
Transfers from and to Pafos International Airport (PFO) are included in your package. However, if you need to travel to Larnaca International Airport (LCA) a number of options are also available. Please look at our Larnaca Transfers page for further information.
4. What to Bring
For the run you will need a normal run kit and cap or race visor. For more info on training kit please check out FAQS.
Packages include Half Board catering that can be tailored to suit vegetarian, vegan and other diets. Please get in touch to let us know about your special dietary requirements.
6. General, visa, passport and health information
7. Medical certificate
To participate in one of our camps you need to fill in medical form or have a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the camp date. You can find the medical form here.
8. Travel Insurance
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. Please make sure that your travel insurance policy covers sport events and holidays participation before you travel. You can also check our services page for additional information.
9. How to Book
Click on the Book Now at the top right hand of the page. At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 4 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip. Please look here for our full booking terms.