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  CYPRUS  SUNSHINE  CUP     2012    

 

INFORMATIONAL   GUIDE    


TABLE  OF  CONTENTS  

1.  HISTORY  OF  THE  RACES ......................................................................................................................... 3   2.  GENERAL  INFO-­ABOUT  CYPRUS ............................................................................................................ 3   3.  RULES  &  DATES ...................................................................................................................................... 4   4.  CATEGORIES:........................................................................................................................................... 4   5.  INSCRIPTIONS ......................................................................................................................................... 4   6.  REGISTRATIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 5   7.  PRESS ...................................................................................................................................................... 5   8.  ACCOMMODATION .................................................................................................................................. 5   9.  HOW  TO  ARRIVE  IN  CYPRUS ................................................................................................................... 6   10.  TEAM  SPACE  BOOKING......................................................................................................................... 6   11.  ACCOMMODATION  AND  OTHER  SERVICES  FOR  TRAINING  CAMPS. .................................................... 6   “BIKERS’  VILLAGE”  IN  LIMASSOL ..................................................................................................................................... 6   12.  CAR  RENTAL ......................................................................................................................................... 7   13.  CONTACT  INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................... 7   14.  ORGANIZERS ......................................................................................................................................... 8   14.  SPONSORS ............................................................................................................................................. 8   16.  SUPPORTERS ........................................................................................................................................ 8   17.  MEDIA  SPONSORS ................................................................................................................................ 9   18.  OFFICIAL  CARRIER ............................................................................................................................... 9   19.  MEDIA  PARTNERS ................................................................................................................................ 9  

                       

   


1.  History  of  the  Races   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup   is   one   of   the   most   famous   Mountainbike   Series   in   the   UCI   Calendar.  It  takes  place  every  year  in  the  early  season.  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  races  are   been  organized  since  many  years  in  the  past,  with  the  first  race  taking  place  in  1997.  The   races  were  under  different  names  and  were  not  in  a  form  of  Series.  Since  2006  the  races   were  renamed  to  “Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup”  which  is  an  official  series  in  the  UCI  calendar.     The   first   race   of   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup   is   in   mid-­‐February   and   for   few   years   now   is   taking   place   in   the   Area   of   Larnaca,   in   Voroklini   Village   and   is   of   Class   1   in   the   UCI   Calendar.   Second  race  in  the  series  is  the  “Afxentia  Stage  race”  which  has  been  organized  for  the   past  16  years  as  a  UCI  Race,  which  makes  it  one  of  the  oldest,  if  not  the  oldest  existing   stage   race   in   Europe.   It   is   organized   in   honor   of   the   National   hero   Grigoris   Afxentiou   who  died  in  the  area  of  Macheras  Forest  in  1957,  during  the  fight  for  freedom  in  1955-­‐ 1959.  “Afxentia”  is  a  Hors  Class  Race  in  the  UCI  calendar,  which  gives  a  big  amount  of   UCI   points   and   prize   money   to   the   participants.   The   final   race   in   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup   is   taking  place  on  the  first  weekend  in  March.  The  race  venue  is  next  to  the  Archeological   site  of  Ancient  Amathous,  next  to  the  city  of  Limassol  (Lemesos).       The  number  of  participants  in  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  is  steadily  increasing  from  the  first   days  that  it  was  organized  and  in  2011  more  than  100  Elite  riders  from  31  countries  all   over  the  world  stood  on  the  start  line!     Many   well   known   riders   have   take   part   in   the   past   in   these   races   including   World   Champion   in   2011   Jaroslav   Kulhavy,   Mountainbike   legend   Bart   Brentjens,   Marathon   World   Champion   2010   Alban   Lakata,   Adam   Craig,   Maarten   Tjallingii,   Horgan-­‐   Kobelsky   Jeremy,  Frederik  Kessiakof,  Oli  Beckingsale,  Al  Thijs,  Marc  Hanish,  Lene  Byberg,  Annika   Langvad,     Olympic   Champion   in   2008   Sabine   Spitz,   Irina   Kalantieva,   Irmiger   Heather,   Petra  Henzi  and  many  more.            

2.  General  Info-­‐About  Cyprus  

On   Cyprus   racing   specialists,   touring   cyclists   and   mountain   bikers   will   all   find   just   the   right   exciting   challenges   in   a   Mediterranean   climate   with   a   delightful   combination   of   sea,  beaches  and  mountains     The   island   which   is   located   on   the   eastern   end   of   the   Mediterranean   sea,   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,   here   are   rare.     But  what  makes  Cyprus  stand  out  as  a  heaven  for  cyclists  is  its  compactness.  It  is  like  a   whole   continent   condensed   into   a   small   island.   The   third   largest   island   of   the  


Mediterranean,   Cyprus   combines   attractive   beaches   with   pine-­‐clad   peaks,   busy   modern   Europeanised   towns   and   tranquil   old   stone   villages,   vineyards   and   olive   groves   and   ancient  ruins.  The  short  distances  mean  that  there  are  rapid  changes  of  terrain  entailing   a  variety  of  different  road  surfaces  over  short  distances.     Within  the  space  of  10  km  you  can  go  from  rocky  to  clay,  and  steep  to  flat,  enabling  you   to  experience  all  surfaces  within  a  short  period  of  time,  and  making  the  island  into  one   huge   mountain   bike   arena.   Bikers   can   hone   their   skills   on   the   unique   trails   of   the   mountains   of   Troodos   and   Machairas   or   in   the   Akamas   peninsula,   riding   steep   slopes   that   have   been   ridden   and   tested   by   many   world   champions.   Quiet   rural   roads,   with   excellent   quality   tarmac,   well   signposted   and   with   limited   car   traffic   add   to   the   attraction.     In  addition  there  are  no  legal  barriers  to  cycling  anywhere  on  the  island  except  of  course   on  motorways.    

3.  Rules  &  dates  

The   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup   2012   races   are   organized   under   the   rules   of   UCI   and   the   Cyprus  Cycling  Federation  and  the  specific  rules  mentioned  in  this  guide.     The  race  calendar  for  2012  is   • 19/2  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  #1  –  XCO,  Voroklini,  Larnaca  ,  Class  1   • 24-­‐26/2  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  #2  –  AFXENTIA  Stage  Race,  Macheras  Forest  –SHC   • 4/3  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  #3  –  Amathous,  Agios  Tychon,  Class  1    

4.  Categories:    

For  the  UCI  races  only  the  following  categories  are  allowed:     Women  and  Men  Elite:  aged  19+  (born  before  1994)     Other  Categories  in  the  races:   • Junior  Men  &  Junior  Women     • U15  Boys  and  Girls,  U17  Boys  and  Girls     • Masters  1  (31+),  Masters  2  (41+),     • “Cycling  for  alL”  Categories   • Kids  Competitions  U14          

5.  Inscriptions   The  participants  can  register  using  the  following  ways:   -­‐Online  on  our  website  www.cyclingcy.com       or  Email  us  on  info@mtbcyprus.com     Online  inscription  closes  2  days  prior  the  race  day  of  each  race.    


Late  registrations  will  have  a  penalty  of  +5  euro  on  the  initial  fee  

6.  Registrations  

Registration  of  the  riders  (with  distribution  of  Race  number  plates  and  timing  chips)  can   be  done  only  at  the  Registration  office  during  the  office  working  hours:     The  day  prior  to  the  race  from  10:00  –  13:00  and  13:30  -­‐  16:00.  For  “Afxentia”  the  race   office  will  be  open  2  days  prior  the  race.   After  online  registration  closes,  each  new  registration  is  considered  late  registration  and   has  a  penalty  of  +5  euro  on  the  initial  fee.   On  the  spot  Registrations  closes  2  hours  before  the  Team  Managers  meeting.       UCI  License  is  kept  and  returned  with  the  return  of  the  number  +  chip.   Please  note  that  training  will  not  be  authorized  without  a  number  plate   Riders  who  don’t  return  the  timing  chip  after  the  event  will  be  charged  80  Euro  for   replacement.   Registration  fee:  30  euro  for  the  one  day  races  (CSC  #1  and  CSC#3)  and  90  euro  per  rider   for  the  stage  race   Participants  in  non  –  UCI  races  and  “Cycling  for  all”  category  pay  20  euro   Late  registrations  will  have  a  penalty  of  +5  euro  on  the  initial  fee    

7.  Press       A  press  office  is  located  near  each  race  venue.  The  press  office  will  be  fully  equipped  for   online   communication.   Please   all   interested   media   to   contact   the   Organizers   of   the   Events  for  any  information  and  other  arrangements.     Press  coverage   The   races   are   covered   by   the   Organizers’   Permanent   Press   officer   for   all   international   media   in   3   different   languages   (English,   German   &   Greek).   Many   other   journalists   and   photographers   are   invited   every   year   to   cover   the   event   for   the   media   in   several   countries.       TV  coverage   The  organizers  every  year  are  negotiating  the  rights  of  TV  broadcasting  with  the  local  TV   channels.  The  events  are  covered  with  three  or  more  TV  cameras  and  is  broadcasted  in   Cyprus.   The   final   race   in   Amathous   is   broadcasted   live   on   the   satellite   and   is   free   to   download  to  all  interested  parties.   Any  interested  TV  channels  to  receive  the  races  images  please  contact  the  organizers  for   more  information.      

  8.  Accommodation    


Every  year  the  Organizer  in  cooperation  with  the  Accommodation  Partner  offer  very  low   prices   for   the   participants   of   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup.   Please   check   our   website   www.cyclingcy.com  for  more  details  on  prices  and  location  of  the  accommodation.       For  bookings  please  visit  http://www.directcyprus.com/  

  9.  How  to  arrive  in  Cyprus  

Where  to  land  –  Airports  in  Cyprus   The  legal  ports  of  entry  into  the  Republic  of  Cyprus  are  the  airports  of  Larnaka  (Larnaca)   and   Pafos   (Paphos)   which   are   situated   in   the   area   under   the   effective   control   of   the   Government  of  the  Republic  of  Cyprus.  Entry  into  the  territory  of  the  Republic  of  Cyprus   via  any  other  port  or  airport  in  which  the  Government  of  the  Republic  does  not  exercise   effective  control  (Turkish  occupied  areas)  is  illegal.   All  participants  of  the  "Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  2012”  can  benefit  from  their  participation   in  the  events!  Contact  the  organizer  (info@mtbcyprus.com)  to  be  informed  of  discounts   offered  by  our  Official  Carrier  Cyprus  Airways  and  of  any  arrangements  made  regarding   the  transportation  of  bicycles  and  sporting  equipment.     Better  plan  your  trip  by  checking  the  Flight  Schedules  &  Timetables  of  Cyprus  Airways  at   www.cyprusairways.com  

  10.  Team  Space  booking   The   Organizer   will   provide   upon   request   a   Tent   (3x3m   or   3x6m)   for   a   small   fee.   All   requests  for  tent  bookings  must  be  finalized  until  the  15th  February  2012      

11.  Accommodation  and  other  services  for  Training  Camps.   “Bikers’  Village”  in  Limassol  

As  Cyprus  is  becoming  a  gathering  place  for  many  bikers  at  the  beginning  of  the  year,  we   are  continuing  in  2012  what  we  first  launched  in  2010,  the  “Bikers’  Village”  concept  in   the   area   of   Limassol.   Limassol   is   an   ideal   destination   for   the   participants   to   stay   and   combine  their  racing  with  a  training  camp.  We  have  organized  it  in  such  a  way  that  all  of   the  riders  will  have  the  concentration  they  need  for  their  training  on  the  one  hand,  but   also  fun  and  joy  on  the  other  hand  during  their  stay  and  train  in  Cyprus.  For  sure  will  be   no   problem   to   find   a   training   group   or   company   during   your   stay   here.   Most   of   the   riders  will  be  in  located  in  the  "village",  so  will  be  easy  to  organize  training  meetings  or   even  coffee  meetings  while  not  on  the  bike!  


Bikers  Village  will  also  include:   • • • •

Organized  “Bike  service  center”  in  the  central  hotel   Free  Internet  wi-­‐fi  connection  to  most  of  the  Hotels,   Bike  rooms  in  the  hotels   "Start  of  the  Season  Party"  

Discounts  in  many  restaurants  cafeterias  and  pubs  in  the  "Village"    

12.  Car  rental     As   in   the   past   three   years,   in   2012   we   are   teaming   up   once   again   with   Astra,   the   largest   car  rental  company  in  Cyprus,  to  offer  the  participants  of  the  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  series   the  best  car  rental  options.   Together   with   ASTRA   we   offer   to   the   participants   of   the   Cyprus   Sunshine   Cup   series   the   best   car   rental   options   in   competitive   prices.   For   more   info   please   visit   www.cyclingcy.com    

  13.  Contact  Information   If  you  need  further  information  about  the  Cyprus  Sunshine  Cup  2012  #2  –  Afxentia  2012   stage  race  please  contact  the  Organizers:     BikinCyprus  Events  Management   Thermopylon  20,  Apt  7,   2007,  Nicosia   Cyprus   T:  +35799694900   info@mtbcyprus.com   www.cyclingcy.com    


14.  Organizers  

 

 

14.  Sponsors    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      16.  Supporters    

 

     

   


17.  Media  Sponsors    

 

 

 

      18.  Official  Carrier    

 

    19.  Media  Partners    

 

       

 


Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2012 General info