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:
Getting ready to shred the track
Marios pinning the "Triplets" with his Bergamont G9 - Gearbox
109kg of mass on the ground!
The "Scorpio" kick!
Uncle Sam, age 57, showing young riders how it is done
Air-Stean...light, but fast
The distributor of Bergamont bicycles in Cyprus is supporting our effort constantly
Air-Stean going big
Solonas entering the "Drop" zone!
Xavier hitting one of the drops
...entering the rock garden!
Antonis killing a technical section of the track
Team "Old School"
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
A small documentary filmed by Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The advertisement of the race that was held on the 18th of April 2010
Race crew, riders spectators and the mountain rescue team
The faster rider of the course - Marios Antoniou
Tristan racing with an aggressive hardtail!
Andreas 2nd place - Men
View all race pictures here.
Solonas 1st place - Under 19
Video from the race taken by Cyprus Sports Channel:
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
View whole album here.
Steve Romaniuk...a legend!
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 email@example.com
For more info on Cyprus visit www.visitcyprus.comMany 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!