I still love Cycling here in Northern Cyprus. I haven't updated this blog on this last trip simply because I've already blogged just about all the decent rides out here, so much of this last rip would have been similar to previous routes etc.
These last few months have been the usual mix of top class routes, stunning scenery, challenging climbs, death defying descents, and all that goes with riding a road bike here in the Turkish sector of Cyprus.
Road cyclimg in Northern Cyprus is spectacular. To get the most out of it however you must come well prepared in terms of routes, fitness, equipment and time of year. DO NOT COME IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER!
I've been getting an increasing number of enquiries from riders asking for help, guidence and routes etc. I am very happy to help and advise although I'm not going to do all your route planning and donkey work for you! If you are after .gpx files for these rides the best thing is to contact me and ask, or friend/follow me on Strava (Rolf Riley). I found the best routes out here by exploring them myself, and being 100% self reliant. There is no substitute for self reliance here. Many riders from Europe, particularly England are used to riding in clubs with support vehicles, on organized rides. Thats fine, but it won't be like that here. There won't be an easy fix if you break your bike out in the mountains and you will need to be able to fix it yourself, or walk home! Learning to ride alone and unsupported is what it's all about out here, so come ready for that. Also be sure to bring your own spares. This is not the European Union and high end road bike spares are very hard to source. In the UK I hav esix bike shops in my Town and it's easy to become complacent. Here there are just two I know of and they don't compare to a UK high end bike store in any way.
|A typical route file from my Strava activity log. My 'Betwwen tow Castles' ride. This ride is 104 miles with over 5500m climbing through the best scenery on the Island.|
Please spend some time drilling down through this blog archive, it has loads of information and photographs of th ebest rides here in Northern Cyprus, as well as some of the best in the South and Troodos too.
For those serious Cyclists that do wish to ride here please feel free to get in touch if you feel I could help. I wish you a happy and safe time road cycling in Northern Cyprus.