schisshas wrote:can you give advice where to get a good navi/ map of cyprus?
To be honest I've yet to find a good mapping resource for MTB in Cyprus , I have just relied on the usual resources such as 'Strava' etc to find routes and also 'word of mouth' from the bike hire shops and people I have met along the way.
can you give advice where to get a good navi/ map of cyprus?
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Sounds like an awesome holiday. Feel free to tell the folks there to list themsleves up on the site (its Free). They can also do a trail listing for the area too if they fancy. Scenery in pics looks great.
Having taken my regular summer holiday in Cyprus for the last few years I’ve gradually increased my MTB ridding during the holiday until now it’s a major part of my break.
I’ve now got a pretty stable routine where whilst on holiday I get up reasonably early in the morning and head up to the Troodos mountains where the daytime temperatures are only in the mid-twenties compared to the mid-thirties down by the coast. Following a few hours MTB’ing I return to the coast to do the “holiday things” with the better half and this has worked well for the last few years.
I have always hired a MTB rather than taking my own, mainly due to the hassle and cost of taking my own and the fact that the Cyprus mountains are very hard on bikes and the amount of spares I’d probably have to take for my own bike would make the trip prohibitive cost wise.
This year I’d changed the company I hired the MTB from to www.bikincyprusadventures.com and had booked a 27.5 Scott hardtail , I pitched up at their headquarters which is based in the picturesque village of Tochni . I tried the 27.5 Scott for size but as they only had large it just felt too small for me so I opted for the 29er (Scott Scale 960) which seemed more than up for the job. As I was hiring the bike for almost 2 weeks and it was the quiet (for MTB hire) season the owner gave me a discount which meant the bike hire worked out at around £10 per day. The bike was prepared to a very high standard and was a 2013 model ,and once equipped with two water bottles and two tubes and tool kit (though I’d brought my own tools) after quickly fitting my own flat pedals I was good to go.
First morning I set off up to Troodos square which is the touristy bit within the mountain range but it’s a good place to park and also to get refreshments post ride my personal favourite is the fact that an old bloke who has been there as long as I’ve been going to Cyprus sells fresh local fruit from a stall on the square and after a few days he just used to give me a handful of fruit for free at the start of my ride. I set off on some familiar fire road trails just to get my eye in as the biggest issue with the hire bikes is that being ‘Euro’ spec the front and rear brakes are reversed, well I’d only travelled about 10 minutes when on a medium speed downhill corner the front washed out on me and down I went hard on the gravel with the bike cartwheeling along the road. Not a good start I picked myself up to find blood streaming from both knees and one elbow so used one of the water bottles to wash any crap out and decided to carry on, but soon noticed the bike had suffered a little, the Perspex cover to the gear change indicator on the bars was smashed and the rear wheel seemed to have picked up a wobble/buckle, I stopped to check all the spokes but all seemed good it was just well buckled additionally My Garmin had taken a hit and cracked the screen but still seemed to work ok so no drama there. After this rather tricky start I decide to just have a steady ride for the first day and take a quick visit back to the hire shop to see what they suggested regarding the bike, well they were very helpful and said not to worry about anything put the bike in the workshop and quickly chucked a new wheel in and went all over the bike to make sure no other issues and I was good to go again if a little scabby on the knees and elbows.
The following days all passed off without incident with me trying out new trails and tracks around the mountain area and also revisiting some that I’d ridden in previous years. The ridding is best described and loose rocky and very dusty and obviously mountainous, virtually all of the single track is made up from ‘nature trail’ footpaths but ridding them seems to be positively encouraged but you just need to keep a look out for steps etc.
Around the top of Mount Olympus there are a few trails that are circular and do not really loose or gain any elevation but for the real experience you have to take to the nature trails that run down the mountain which unfortunately means to get back to the car involves climbing back up fire roads, but given the awesome scenery it never seems to be too much of a chore. Some of these trails are quite long at over 5 miles of constant downhill single track and close to 3000ft of height loss so that gives you an idea of the type of trails these are, I know the locals all tend to use uplifts but I enjoy the exercise.
After a week of these trails I did try venturing to a lower mountain range in the Machairas forest and there were again some brilliant trails here but the lower general elevation meant temperatures were in the low thirties at this time of year and cycling was just too much like hard work so I only did one day in this area.
No other dramas with the bike except went through a set of brake pads but a quick trip to the hire shop and a new set of pads were fitted and I was good to carry on. It’s probably worth mentioning that as a lot of the riding is around the 1700m above sea level point the oxygen level starts to drop off and exercise does start to be a bit harder especially combined with the heat, but I honestly can’t say it ever caused me an issue.
So that’s it really 220 miles and over 38,000 ft of climbing in 12 days, not too shabby I thought.
Can’t really recommend the guys at www.bikincyprusadventures.com enough they were extremely helpful and have a great range of bikes to hire (both road and MTB) if you ever find yourself in that part of the world I’d give them a try.
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