We are only two days apart from the start of the first race of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus after 4 years. On Wednesday 21st February, the competitors will gather on the circuit in the unique setting of the ancient ruins of Amathus near Limassol. 

Some of the top riders of the world will make their way to the start line and fight for the for the first UCI points in the olympic season 2024. Since the complete race start lists will be available tomorrow, the organizers are happy to announce that many of the worlds best mountainbikers have found their way back to Cyprus Sunshine Cup.

Among them will be the Dutch Anne Terpstra from the Ghost Factory team, Bart Brentjens will bring his strong team KMC – Ridley. Also multiple winner of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup Jan Škarnitzl from Czechia will arrive with his team mates. And of course there will be national team of Greece and Cyprus.

„Course  is in a great condition. No dust due to rain last week but also no mud because rain was not so much. Weather prediction 17-18 degrees during day and of course sunny,“ organizers are happy to inform.

The race course is 4,8 km long with 140 positive metres, it passes close or through the most important archaeological finds of the site. It starts in front of the Agora, where the ancient port of the city used to be. It then goes around the hill of the Acropolis to reach the northern defense wall of the city. A technical climbing singletrail takes the riders to the highest point where the Acropolis of the city and Aphrodite shrine used to be! From there, the longest descent of the course brings the riders around the south defensive wall of the Acropolis and on to the start/finish area.

This year the event is strongly supported by the Cyprus Government and Deputy Ministry of Tourism and also local communities in Agios Tychonas (Amathus) and Tochni. And the Cycling Federation and Cyprus Sports Organisation.

The 2024 edition of Cyprus Sunshine Cup will start on Wednesday 21 February near Limassol at the famous Amathus track. On Saturday, February 24, it will be run on a new track in the village of Tochni and the series will culminate on Sunday, February 25, in the Macheras Mountains on a proven track in the setting of Mantra tou Kampiou Park, where the last leg of the Afxentia has been run in the past since 1997.