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New Sunshine Cup course at Amathous - Agios Tychonas set

They're off for round one of the 2008 Cyprus Cup

They're off for round one of the 2008 Cyprus Cup (Image credit: Armin M. Küstenbrück)

Organizers have nearly completed construction of the course for the Sunshine Cup's new venue at Amathous-Agios Tychonas in Cyprus. Round three of the four-race series, which annually attracts international racers looking for a sunny and warm start to their seasons, is set for March 8.

Some changes at Yermasogia forced organizer Michalis Hadjioannou to search for a new location. Not too far away, the Amathous area offered possibilities for a cross country course.

"It's technical and one lap is 5.1km," said Hadjioannou. "Three climbs add about 200m of climbing." They also offer scenic views of the historic coastline and sea.

Until the 12th century, Amathous was the most important harbour on the island. The area is famous for ancient buildings along the coast, the sainthood of Aphrodite, four cathedrals and an ancient harbour beneath the sea.

For more information, visit www.mtbcyprus.com.

2009 Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2009
February 22: Tochni-Kalavasos (1) XCO
February 27 - March 1: Afxentia/Macheras Mountains (1) SR
March 8: Amathous-Agios-Tychonas (1) XCO
March 15: Voroklini (1) XCO

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