How do you fancy ………The wind in your hair, the sun on your back, the gentle crunch of tyres on gravel, the sounds of nature all around you, a glimpse of the sea sparkling in the distance, the smell of pines all around. Up ahead a tiny church beckons to be discovered. And of course a little taverna with that cold drink waiting for you. If this is your idea of travelling, then cycling in Cyprus is for you.
In the last few years Cyprus has taken off as a destination for cycling enthusiasts both as a place to enjoy the sport and as a means to explore the island. The island has perfect weather for cycling, especially in the months between October and April, when temperatures range between 15°C and 25°C, while annual rainfall is also quite low in comparison to European countries. What’s more, unlike other European or Mediterranean countries, the strong headwinds that are a bane to cyclists, are rare.
Last weekend Cyprus played host to the UCI Gran Fondo World Series in Paphos. A three days stage race with a time trial on Friday and two road races covering the weekend which brought 360 riders from 20 different nationalities at the start of Cyprus Gran Fondo. Riders enjoyed the sunny weather with temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees. Shame I didn’t have my camera with me as the cyclists passed – didn’t expect to see them in Coral Bay – next time!!
Cycle racing not your cup of tea then why not rent a bike and take a guided tour or suit yourself with your own route. Cycle along the coast from Coral Bay to Sea Caves and beyond to Agios Georgious. Why not try a wine route, there are 6 different routes to follow and learn all about the wine history of Cyprus. You can also make new friends why not try cycling in a group.