CYPRUS – Want to kickstart your offseason training? Or maybe make use of the bit of cyclocross fitness you still have from the season? Or just want to ride under warm sunny skies?

The seventh edition of “Tour of Cyprus 2012” to be held on March 23rd through 25th has a few spots left in both their competitive and cyclo-tourist tours. The ToC Stage Race offers amateurs the unique opportunity to race with the pros. It’s last edition consisted of 110 International participants from 18 countries. It is also an important fundraiser for charities such as “Help Save Elikas,” a foundation for people with special needs.

There are two groups to choose from:

Group A – elite/competitive riders. They will complete a tour of approximately 300 km with intermediate sprints. Three leaders jerseys of yellow, green and red will be awarded, in addition to top prizes.

Group B – amateur riders and cyclo-tourists. They will do the same routes but at a more relaxed untimed pace. They have the option to complete as many ToC stages as they wish. In addition, they can step into the follow vehicle at any time to rest and continue later whenever they choose.

Each stage takes riders through the beautiful landscape of the Republic of Cyprus, with sections of the stages climbing into the Troodos Massif and along a number of coastal routes. There are also sections of the Tour that include rides through major cities and picturesque villages. The entire ride will be fully-supported, including energy food, gels, drinks, clothing/luggage transport, mechanical support, security escort motorbikes, police escort and traffic management.

Team and charity sponsorships possible. Although they have extended registration deadline, there are only a few spots left.

The temperature in Cyprus is expected to be about 70°F (22°C) at this time of year.

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The “Tour of Cyprus” (ToC), is a large scale international “cyclosportive” event in the Republic of Cyprus. ToC is a multi stage endurance event and is open to elite and amateurs.