"Tour of Cyprus 2012"

Cycling Challenge

The most sought after event for the cyclist to enter.

23-25 March 2012

PODILATOKINISI and Andy Hadjivasiliou the organizers of the unforgettable and entirely successful Tour of Cyprus 2010 with 110 International participations from 18 countries and many Cypriot cyclist are delighted to announce that the next ToC will take place on 23-25 March 2012.

The “Tour of Cyprus” (ToC), is a large scale international cyclosportive event in the Republic of Cyprus. A professional multi stage endurance “Tour de France” style event and is open to atlhets, amateurs and cyclosportive riders.
“Tour of Cyprus” (ToC) is aiming apart from local participations to encourage international cyclists to live their passion outside of their country and enable them to discover new horizons, in terms of both sport and culture.

The first ToC was staged in 2005 when a group of local cycling enthusiasts organized a three-day, 350 km ride on the island. In 2006, the event became part of the annual calendar of Podilatokinisi Cyprus Cycling Assiociation, the oldest bicycling organization in the Republic of Cyprus. As of 2010 "Tour of Cyprus" became international with 110 participations from 18 countries under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Communication and Works, with the Cyprus Police, the Cyprus Tourism Organization and a number of municipalities and others providing support to the Tour.

In 2012 cyclists will complete a 3 days tour of approximately 300 km. There will be two groups. Group A or 1 and Group B or 2. Group A ride may include certain time taking sections that the cyclists can compete for a yellow or green or red jersey. Group A will use only road bikes. Group B riders will do the same or sometimes shorter routes with lower speeds and no time taking sections. Group B riders have the option to complete as many stages or distance as they wish or feel fit. Group B can use any type of bike. Riders from any group can enter the broom bus or a support car if they wish to interrupt at any time or due to emergency.

Each stage takes riders through the beautiful landscape of the Republic of Cyprus. There are also sections of the Tour that include rides through major cities and picturesque villages. The entire ride will be fully-supported.

“Tour of Cyprus” (ToC) Goals and objectives

  • To bring professional and amateur cyclists and teams to Cyprus to participate in a world class multi-stage tour of the Republic.
  • To establish a significant multi-stage event on the international cycling calendar.
  • To promote Cyprus worldwide as a cycling destination – we want to introduce international cyclists and locals alike, to the island’s breathtaking mountain rides and Mediterranean vistas and its temperate spring and autumn months.
  • To provide an opportunity for cyclists from all over Europe to socialize and make friends.
  • To heighten awareness in Cyprus and throughout Europe of the ecological, economic and health benefits of cycling.
  • To enable ToC participants and spectators to appreciate the beauty, cuisine and hospitality of Cyprus.
  • To draw attention to the need for increased road safety and for “share the road” programs, both in Cyprus and abroad.
  • To raise money for participating charitable organizations.
  • To provide brand exposure for all of our sponsors.