Paul Webb Cycling at 50 years old plus

Paul Webb Cycling at 50 years old plus

Cyprus as a Cycling Destination

The BlogPosted by Paul Webb Thu, February 14, 2013 18:17:01

I have been lucky enough to have been able to travel to Cyprus for a week, I am of course taking a bike! We are flying into Larnaca Airport and staying at the Military base with relatives.

So what is Cyprus like as a Cycling destination.....?

We flew in with EasyJet the flights were relatively cheap at a 100 quid each (for February). The bike was 55 quid return, the great thing about EasyJet is there is no drama as far as taking a bike, they are not phased at check in and deal with it efficiently.

[HINT] once you have an EasyJet weigh tag on your bike leave it on and they won't check again.

So once you are at Larnaca Airport the large baggage claim is to the right as you face the baggage carrousel. Hire Cars are simple they are waiting for you directly outside the Airport, prices start from about 10 Euros a day, you won't be able to take the car the Turkish side which is a shame as there is so much to see...... you may be able to buy extra insurance.

Riding in Cyprus.

The Cypriots drive on the left which is a bonus, in fact on a couple of occasions i forgot and started to ride on the right. The Roads in Cyprus are iffy, in the rural areas they quite good especially in the mountains but in the towns and built up areas they are poor, you cannot take your eyes off of them for potholes.

As you ride through some of the Rural Towns of Cyprus you will see many Men taking part in the Traditional Past-Time of sitting in Cafes playing cards and drinking coffee, i cant help but think they are a little more prevalent due to the severe economic troubles that Cyprus is experiencing.

When you ride in the mountains you have another problem, little landslides scatter on the roads and are potential puncture risk so you have to keep your eyes peeled be very careful on the descents.But overall the roads are good!



Traffic?

Traffic in the towns is hectic much the same as any Mediteranean resorts but once you are away from the towns into the rural areas the roads are traffic free and generally courteous.

It would seem that it is against the law here to drive without a phone strapped to your ear!

Where to Ride?

There are some great Mountain roads in Cyprus , Lefcara, Troodos, Pathos and Mount Olympus many of these mountains plus 2000 meters high , it's easy to find climbs of between 1000 - 1500 metres in height, great scenery with fantastic smells and sounds.

I was a little too far away to reach Troodos by bike, and anyway the webcam showed a lot of snow still in February at the Ski Station.

If you prefer some flatter terrain there are miles of flat road around the coasts.



Turkish side?

Don't miss the opportunity to ride the Turkish side, you will need your passport and will be asked to fill out a slip of paper.

The people are VERY friendly indeed and immediately you pass through the checkpoint you feel like you are in a different country (well DUH you are).

[HINT] They don't take Euros which is a bummer.... if they do take them you will get change in Turkish Lira .... and lots of it.



The roads on the Turkey side are fewer but much better in condition except the towns where you take your life in your hands!

The countryside ranges from massive flat plains, windy coast roads ( I had a head wind for 70 miles) and enormous steep mountains.

You will pass through many rural areas which look like time has stood still.

Don't miss this opportunity you will love it, try the coast to coast route it's demanding but very rewarding indeed.

Weather?

We went in February and the temperature was 17 - 18 degrees which for me is warm enough for shorts but too cold for short sleeves, take a stowaway jacket for the mountain descents , you will need it.

Summary

Cyprus is a great place to ride your bike plenty of great rides to ride and great weather I would give it 4.5 out of 5 the only reason it's not a 5 is the place names are confusing as they use symbolic letters, and interchange between imperial, but hey I'm being picky here! Get your backside to Cyprus, you won't regret it!

A couple of routes that i did (and a couple f routes that i didnt do yet).

Cyprus Coast to Coast

Lefkara Mountains

Stravourni Monastary

Lefkara Mountains 80

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