Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Video form the Bike



A Typical Ride with Bike Trip Cyprus. This is the descent from Kantara down to just outside Iskele where Riders are based out of. Our Local loop if you like!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Behind the Mountains



Todays ride was a Bike Trip Cyprus Tour route called behind the Mountains. 52 Miles with 788m climbing taking just under three hours. 

Pefect roads for us Roadies!





Riding on the Bianchi with it's 10 speed 12-28 cassette I could really feel the difference compard to the Cube with its 11-32 cassette on the climbs. 

A typical road surface here in Northern Cyprus!

 

Mercifully the climbs on this route are relativly easy as the tour was designed for those looking for a great morning out on the bike with top class surfaces and almost zero traffic. 

 

Secluded coves
 

This ride isn't flat however, with lots of rolling hills along the coast, a couple of excellent long descents with no switchbacks and some lovely scenery. A bit blowy along the coast, but the tailwinds on the return leg were amazing ! 

Totally traffic free roads!
Superb safe descents!
Take on the return leg, those are the Mountains this tour crosses twice
  

Lots of sheep herds out today, lambing season soon methinks!






























Saturday, 7 February 2015

A tale of Spring and a kinky Chain


Forty miles today, just soaking up another wonderful spring like day here in Northern Cyprus. I say Spring 'like' because it's actually Winter! 
I totally love this time of year on a bike out here, the island is covered in all kinds of colorful wild flowers.


I took a flat route today so as not to add any excessive strain on my Campagnolo 10 speed Chain, which seems to have aquired a kink. The last thing I need is a broken chain. So I chose to take it easy out there today and have it fixed by the mechanic early next week. 


Two wheeled happiness abounz!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Riding near Larnaca

It's been a few days since I posted a ride on this blog. It's not that I haven't been riding, but that God Garmin is currently on strike, so I can't get my ride stats out of the Garmin edge 800 into my laptop. The cause of this major cock up on the IT front is, as usual Garmins bug ridden and user unfriendly software. Needless to say Garmin support and I are 'in conversation' , however they continue to insist of speaking in double dutch to me. Time to step up your game Mr. Garmin :(



Moonset this morning



On a MUCH happier note today was ride in the South of the island day! So at 6 am I looked out of the window at the Moon setting behind the Mountains just before the sun rose, slung Rubic (my bike) in the back of the car and set off south across the border .

Just past Larnaca on the coast I met my friend Thomas from Switzerland. Thomas had rented a really cool Felt bike from Zypern Bike.



If anybody ready this blog needs to rent a really top class bike in the South of Cypus then check out Zypernbike, the best bike outfit in the South of Cyprus.

 

It was perfect cycling weather, not to hot, not to cold, sunny with little wind. The fieldswere covered in yellow spring flowers as we took our route inland from the coast. We rose at a relaxed pace chatting and enjoying the day.

 
The best Oranges in the world are on this tree!


 We stopped for cake,  rode through 'Orange valley', picked the tastiest Oranges ever off the trees and ate them at the side of the road.


Descions descisions!

 Then we stopped for lunch! It was such a great relaxed day why rush we thought, so we found a local fish Taverna and sat in the sun eating and talking while our bikes sunbathed outside on instruction from the miserable waitress!

 









Viehlen danke Thomas fur das ride huete das had mir ge 'felt' ha ha!

43 miles over gentle rolling countryside. Great fun.




On the way back in Northern Cyprus






















Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Two Castle Loop



After a couple of days break from riding I was getting twitchy legs, time to saddle up  and head out whatever the weather I thought. I wanted to ride between Kantara Castle and Buffavento Castle so I combined two of my regular loops and came up with a cunning and somewhat painfull looking plan. 

At 8.30 am the sun was shining and although very cold I was oon overheating. I took off a base layer, arm warmers and continued sweating up the Kantara climb.  The skies to the West where I was heading looked very ominous, I resolved to do it regardless of the weather. 

It was too cold to keep stoppong to take photographs, it was definatly one of those rides where the name of the game was MTFU head down and get on with it. At Tirmen I was 'chased' up the climb my two young lads trying to race me while shouting 'Hello sir hello sir' all the way up! I rode through the middel of a goat herd and felt snowflakes on my cheeks in the Mountains. There were very few people around, most were hibernating inside, and with very good reason!

At Buffavento cafe the heavens finally opened and thick heavy rain drops cracked onto my helmet, my shades fogged up and I was momentarily blinded, not great at 40mph on a bicycle!

By now I was only thinking about several things, hot tea, a hot shower, a warm fire, dry clothes, a warm bed and more hot tea. I havn't has such thoughts since my Lands end to John O'Groats ride back in the UK!

I wil ride this route a lot more in springtime, it will be stunning then.

Friday, 9 January 2015

The cold ride to Kantara Cafe



I woke up to the news that it was snowing here and in Famagusta. Instantantly I formulated a plan to build a snowman sitting at the poolbar. Unfortunatley the snow was not settling and I reverted to plan B, riding up the Mountain in freezing temperatures just for the sheer hell of it. 

The wind was strong and from the North, it felt a lot colder than I was expecting in the wind chill factor. Two layers of gloves, three base layers under my cycle shirt, head buff, wind stopper long tights, over shoes, arm warmers and no breakfast and I was off. I told myself it would be touger to get to the climb than the climb itself. I was right, the wind was extreme and took my breath away at times. It was time to MTFU and keep going, no matter how slow. Reaching the climb was a relief, as the familier switchbacks commenced I was sheltered a little from the wind, the climbing was the easy bit here, the wind was the main pain feature of this ride!

At the top there was no way I was stopping, I couldnt afford to cool down any further, so I headed straight along the top and back down to Iskele as fast as I could. All the time thinking of just two things, the times I'd riden this ride complaining of the unforgiving summer sunshine, and the full English breakfast that I would order on arrival back at Caesar resort!



I saw just two cars on this entire ride and only one person outside!

Although it was seriously cold out there today at least I was out there. In the UK it is hellish, and wet as well as freezing cold and dark with murderous traffic. Here although cold, th esun did make a good effort and the roads were empty as usual. This was as near to perfect as a freezing cold winter ride an get I reckon. I havent been so cold on  a bike since I cross McKenzie pass volcano in America on my trans American bike ride!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Brass Monkey Loop


No pictures today, it was way to cold to risk taking the gloves off! I set out just to keep the legs turning , no real intention of a proper ride in these temperatures. The wind was very strong from the North, coming off the Russian continent. It's brought snow to the Troodos already and the Mountains behind Girne I'm told. The actual temperature in the Sun was about 6c but the wind chill took it right down to freezing I'm sure. 



The great thing about this is that here in Northern Cyprus I knowit will only last a few days, whereas in the UK it will take until May in all probability to warm up! Also here it is sunny and totally rideable if you are ' well 'ard enuff innit', which today I decided not to be ha ha!