Cyprus Downhill Scene - The Evolution

Aug 2, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
Source: Marios Spyrou

Since last time I wrote about the Downhill scene in Cyprus things gone bigger and better and with more people joining the sport. With the promotion we are doing all the time and with the support we are getting from the distributor of Bergamont Bicycles in Cyprus we have managed to get more riders into the sport of downhill mountain biking.

Below I present photos and videos of the downhill scene in Cyprus as it has evolved so far. Enjoy!
This is the Oroklini DH track, the one and only man made downhill track, in Cyprus:

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Getting ready to shred the track
Getting ready to shred the track

Train session
Train session

Marios pinning the
Marios pinning the "Triplets" with his Bergamont G9 - Gearbox

109kg of mass on the ground!
109kg of mass on the ground!


The
The "Scorpio" kick!

Uncle Sam, age 57, showing young riders how it is done
Uncle Sam, age 57, showing young riders how it is done

Air-Stean...light, but fast
Air-Stean...light, but fast



The distributor of Bergamont bicycles in Cyprus is supporting our effort constantly
The distributor of Bergamont bicycles in Cyprus is supporting our effort constantly



Air-Stean going big
Air-Stean going big

Solonas entering the
Solonas entering the "Drop" zone!

Xavier hitting one of the drops
Xavier hitting one of the drops



...entering the rock garden!
...entering the rock garden!

Antonis killing a technical section of the track
Antonis killing a technical section of the track

Team
Team "Old School"


The final jump of the course named
The final jump of the course named "Uncle Sam" in honor of the oldest rider of the group Sam Tucker


Bergamont Team Cyprus - Marios, Marios and Antonis
Bergamont Team Cyprus - Marios, Marios and Antonis

A small documentary filmed by Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation:
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This year we managed to organize the first downhill race at Oroklini Downhill track. It was the first ever proper downhill race in Cyprus made with success, but still the level of the event was far away from looking similar to the events made in USA, Canada and Europe. Even though participation of athletes was small we had numerous spectators who came and watched the race and who really enjoyed it. What is important though is the fact that a start has been made as to what regards downhill races in Cyprus and we are now in the process of making a “down town” style race and most likely to open a new downhill track at the highest peak of Cyprus, Mt Troodos. Of course every year a downhill race will be held at Oroklini DH track. This year it will be held on the 10th of April, 2011. Participation is open so if you find yourself in Cyprus by that time, come and race with us. For more info contact me at cyprusdownhill@hotmail.com




The advertisement of the race that was held on the 18th of April 2010
The advertisement of the race that was held on the 18th of April 2010

Race crew, riders spectators and the mountain rescue team
Race crew, riders spectators and the mountain rescue team

Finish area
Finish area


The faster rider of the course - Marios Antoniou
The faster rider of the course - Marios Antoniou

Tristan racing with an aggressive hardtail!
Tristan racing with an aggressive hardtail!

Andreas 2nd place - Men
Andreas 2nd place - Men

Solonas 1st place - Under 19
Solonas 1st place - Under 19

View all race pictures here.


Video from the race taken by Cyprus Sports Channel:
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Last but not least we were honored to have Steve Romaniuk and Chris Akrigg in Cyprus filming for Ride Guide. Those guys came at Oroklini DH track and they showed us how pros are ripping a DH track!!

Photos taken by Dave Silver - www.davesilverphoto.com and Emilia Hristova


Steve Romaniuk...a legend!
Steve Romaniuk...a legend!



View whole album here.

Overall the sport of downhill had started to attract more locals. Our aim for the next few years is to open more downhill race tracks according to UCI standards and hold an international event sometime in the future. But even if downhill is yet underdeveloped in Cyprus, there are other trails and routes which mountain bikers can ride and enjoy. With a good mountain bike, a rider can enjoy the magnificent trails the island has to offer in various mountains and after finishing riding he can enjoy the sun by the seaside! The weather here is most of the year sunny and warm. Overall Cyprus offers a combination of training and relaxing and it is worth visiting the island.

If you wish to visit the island and you want more info from locals regarding mountain biking then email me at cyprusdownhill@hotmail.com

For more info on Cyprus visit www.visitcyprus.com

Many thanks to:

Fenistal Ltd distributor of BERGAMONT BICYCLES

Cyprus Cycling Federation

Ride Guide TV

Dave Silver

Xtreme Cyprus

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation

Cyprus Sports Channel

Pinkbike

…and to all those who helped so far to bring downhill in Cyprus to the level it is today!


32 Comments

  • 3 0
 Yeah, impressive stuff, and some great pics too, loving the crash sequence photo's tup Looks it might have hurt a bit though.
  • 1 0
 Ok now I am being totaly serious here... You know what this trail needs.... MORE ROCKS! haha. Looks bitchin though for real. I especially love a course where you get to throw down a good ol Scorpion kick! Not many people can pull that trick off =)
  • 1 0
 If you want to explore the rich and diverse beauty of this island, it is best to rent a car and then tour this exotic location. Cyprus Car hire will offer a wide variety of cars to suit your rental preferences.
Dave Wilson
www.entirecarhire.co.uk/cyprus_car_hire.htm
  • 1 0
 hiya mate
i am really into my downhill an in cyprus for the next few years av rescently brought my bike over an lookin 4 places to ride where is this course i live episkopi an need some where to ride do u kno where is close an how to get to this course??? i am new to cyprus aswell
thank you
  • 2 0
 Brule that's awesome that you managed to get (or have someone send you) that 'episode' from their cable TV station for this article.
  • 4 0
 mass starts. cool.
  • 2 0
 Props to everyone involved, looks like with only a few people you have built a nice little track and are promoting the sport well in Cyprus.
  • 1 0
 We are doing whatever is possible to establish Downhill in Cyprus. The island offers a variety of terrain to build numerous downhill tracks which can be easily accessible but we need to pursue the local authorities to start providing us with license to build tracks legally in the forests.
  • 1 0
 The international flavour of these articles is awesome. I hope there's an invite to the Hutchison camp in the cards! Nice job on the pictures especially the crash sequences
  • 2 0
 Looks nice, but the top section needs some more jumps to give you more speed. looks very peddle
  • 2 0
 We are still waiting to overcome the head-wave that is "burning" the whole island this days and we will start working to improve the track. We found also another extra line which we can use as an expansion of the track.
  • 1 0
 so far you are way better than Greece!!!! the track is amazing! and sorry....is this an old Alcillotti?? respect ! ( i have a 1997 model and is still running nice)
  • 1 0
 Yes this is an Ancilloti owned by a French guy!!! most of the old parts are still running on that bike!!! Smile
  • 1 0
 daaaamn thats nice looking, no trees for me to hit Smile was out in Cyprus a couple of years. Wanna hit that track on my hardtail! Smile
  • 1 0
 Looking nice guys. A track in the Trodos region would be awesome. May have to bring the bikes out when we come over to visit again next year.
  • 1 0
 We are trying to find the best place to build one. Maybe near the ski lift area. We can modify the ski lifts to take the bikes up to the top. Need permission though from the forestry department to open a new DH course up to Troodos and is not easy to pursue the department to give us one. Apart from that though there are plenty of All-Mountain trails which are really nice to ride! Anytime you come over bring your bikes and contact us.
  • 1 0
 What helmet is the guy on the Mongoose XC bike wearing in this pic?

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  • 1 0
 I'm moving out there befor Christmas, cant wait the hills look amazing. just need to get a job out there.
  • 1 0
 Last weekend I have found a very nice trail for All-Mountain biking!!! When you come I will take you to ride it!!! Also there are numerous other trails to hit!!!
  • 1 0
 that sounds good. i will most likley be working part time, so if you guys need any help with building or with the events id love to be a part of it.
  • 1 0
 Amazing, so excited about it! Bravo pe polla kala ekaves! Next summer i'll bring my bike to ride with you boys!
  • 1 0
 Na kopiasis file mou opote thelisis!! Smile
  • 2 0
 Well done lads..
  • 2 0
 Thank you!!!
  • 2 0
 Most of those guys spoke faster than my yiayia and papou... barely understood what they said... hahaha
  • 1 0
 wow thats cool loving the pics. does anyone know what camera was used?
  • 1 0
 im going to cyprus on wednesday, is it near paphos??
  • 1 0
 no mate. is near Ayia Napa. Near Larnaca Airport. Just twenty minutes away from the airport. From Paphos is about 2 hours (+/-) away. The track is located on the mountain next to Oroklini village - Larnaca
  • 1 0
 "live life to the extreme without addictive drugs" haha funny slogan
  • 1 0
 The race was made in cooperation with KENTHEA an anti-narcotics group in an effort to show young people that a person can do other things to enjoy life to the "extreme" rather than taking narcotics.
  • 1 0
 Except for Romo's, all the riding in these pics look soooo sketchy. Eek
  • 1 0
 looks great guys Smile

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