Mediterranean blue waters, volcanic like trails and vistas of exceptional beauty make XTERRA Cyprus one of the most iconic locations in the series. It will comprise a 1.5km sea swim, followed by a 32km mountain bike ride and a 10km run. With elevations climbs of approx. 800 meters this double loop bike and run course will test everyone’s ability to race in a warm weather location.
Xterra 2018 Schedule
Friday, April 20
- 16:00 - 19:00 Registrations
Saturday, april 21
- 10:00 - 16:00 Registrations
- 17:00 - 18:00 Briefing
- 19:30 - 21:30 Pasta Party
Sunday, April 22
- 07:00 - 08:30 Transition Opens
- 09:00 - 09:10 Race Start
- 14:00 - 14:10 Race Finish
- 15:00 - 16:00 Awaeds Ceremony
XTERRA CYPRUS 2018 COURSE
The course starts in the crisp turquoise bay of Lara Beach, one of the Worlds breeding areas for the “loggerhead” and “Green” turtles. The 1.5km triangular swim on a 750m anti-clockwise course. There will be separate waves for Sprint and Full distance athletes who will have a mid way beach sprint along the soft sands of the bay before diving back in for the second lap. This stunning venue is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. The sea temperature is around 16 degrees Celsius and requires a wetsuit. Transition s up the beach and a ramp to the bike rack area.
The mountain bike is a two-loop route that passes through the national park of Akamas. The course is a mix of sandy and rocky tracks, at times alongside the coast before turning into the start of the Avakas Gorge, then climbing on rocky tracks passing ancient olive trees, through groves of carob trees as well as juniper and pine woodland areas. The Akamas National Park is a stunning natural reserve and habitat to some of Cyprus’s indigenous species of plants, reptiles, insect and birds. The carefully maintained trails create a stunning scenic route through the park and mix in some technical trails and fast flat pathways around the park.
Bike Route x 2 laps – 2 aid stations
The run is one loop for Sprint and a two-loop route for Full distance. Initially it heads out across the beach, then follows the coast across exposed limestone heading towards the nature reserve of Lara Bay famous for the Loggerhead & Green turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. The route then turns inland along sandy tracks and trails before returning to the beach.
Run Route x 2 laps – 2 aid stations on each lap