Saturday, 25 April 2015

Balalan Getcikale - www.biketripcyprus.com


113km 919m Climb


Bloody Marvellous ride today! Lovely warm day, not to hot, mile after mile of empty smoothe tarmac, a road cyclists dream! There are two main climbs of this ride, both of which earn you superb fast descents the other side! Be ready for one very short (only 20m long) very sharp street in the village of Balalan, unavoidable really, but totally doable out of the saddle with much swearing and knashing of teeth! The island is losing it's green covering as spring turns to summer here. But it is still stunning everywhere. 

Ideal ride for fit roadies on good road bikes.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Balalan

                     65 miles with 890m approx climb riding in beautiful Northern Cyprus today

The rolling hills of the central Karpaz

all roads lead to Buyukkonuk it seems ! Just don't ask me to pronounce it 'proper' ;)

65 miles with 890m approx climb riding in beautiful Northern Cyprus today

1400m of empty road, 10% down to the coast, bliss!

The ride took went up the Karpaz form Iskele inland up to Balalan and the Northern pass through the Mountains to the Northern shoreline. The weather was perfect, balmy warm and a bit humid, low winds and not to hot.


As always on these rides the scenery is amazing

getting better at hands free riding!

..and above all, the most amazing thing here is the roads are empty, superb surfaces, and the rides follow mile after mile after mile of traffic free roads...its like riding on closed roads in the UK but with better surfaces, nota single pothole anywhere on this ride!

Still not seen a car!

The northern shore is more rugged

After the first climb the ride passes some delightful secluded coves, it was very tempting to stop and take a dip!



Bianchi Beach!



If you go down you'll have to ride back up again!




The lovley local fishing village on the way back

Happiness is a car free road!!



Thursday, 16 April 2015

Central Karpaz Peninsula - www.biketripcyprus.com


102km 839m Climb

Todays ride took us up the Central Karpaz Peninsula. This ride is a real 'roadies' ride with lots of good surfaces, a long coastal road run, rolling hills through small villages and farmland, before we start the climbs. The climbs on this route arnt huge, nothing like we see on our Mountain routes, but they do drag, and they seem to appear just when our legs feel like a rest (don't they always !)


The ride can be ridden in any direction, today was the anti clockwise ride, chosen given the wind direction today. The ride has a small 'secondary loop' at the far tip, which some groups blast around, while others prefer to take th eshorter route inland. 
The full route will take you past the Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Kanakaria, where Men were Monks and Goats were sore afraid.


 The inland section on this ride is better than the coastla road stretch. The roads are quieter, and the scenary is better. As such some groups prefer to simple ride the inland section there and back!



There are a few short sections of rougher asphalt so be careful on those. But the entire route is perfectly rideable on a road bike with 'skinny tyres'! 






Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Historical interest ride -www.biketripcyprus .com



53km 166m Climb on Todays ride here in Northern Cyprus. This was a relatively flat and easy ride, the wind today was stronger than usual so it was a case of getting as 'aero' as possible and digging in! 
The route took us past some of the very best historical interest sites on the island including the Anciant City of Salamis, St, Barnabos Monestery and the Tomb of Kings.
This is a great ride for anybody wanting to avoid the Mountain climbs, ride of top class roads, & learn a bit about the History of this part of Cyprus. Goats included!




Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ardahan -www.biketripcyprus.com



This Mornings Bike Trip Cyprus Ride of Choice took us to the Hillside Village of Ardahan, about halfway between Our Bike Base here at Caesar Resort and the Mountain Top Crusader Castle behind Caesar Resort. 



This Loop is a mere 16.65 Miles with just 263m Climb but it  features a resonably challenging drawn out climb and a superb downhill back to the Town of Iskele. Recommended for Road Cyclists after a quick Morning spin, or leisure riders wanting to get some exercise without tackling the real climbs behind Ardahan Village.

This part of the island is still covered in all kinds of wild flowers, its a real pleasure to ride across it at any time of year but Springtime here is simply stunning!


Monday, 6 April 2015

38 Miles 993m of pure Cycling Heaven! - www.biketripcyprus.com



The Northern Shoreline


Todays ride was just beautiful, as always! This is the Kantara day ride with Bike Trip Cyprus and a better road ride is hard to find anywhere.



Perfect surfaces

Todays ride was about taking it easy, soaking up the Mountain and enjoying the stunning views on every bend.



stunning views everywhere

what trees are for!
Lunch in the delightful cafe, time chatting with Belgian riders, possibly 3 cars the entire loop, and the best climb and descent you could wish for, all within easy distance of the Bike Base at Caesar Resort, Home for Bike Trip Cyprus Riders.





living on the edge!

Halfway up the climb

delightful villages on the approach to the climb

Well it was him or me !


Looking back down to Famagusta bay




Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Video from 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!