RM2LC training ride 16

Today’s ride was literally a ‘Tour of Troodos mountains’. Started on the east of the highest peak in Cyprus (Mt Olympos, Troodos 1952m), in Agros village, the route descended towards the south and then followed the ‘wine route’ which rolls westwards through some of the wine villages of the Limassol district (Pelendri, Moniatis, Pera Pedi, Mandria – my late grandmother’s birthplace, Platres and Fini east to west). Then the route ascended northwards towards the villages Lemithou, Pedoulas and Prodromos before a long descend to Kakopetria. A long steep climb towards Kyperounta and then some rolling terrain (passing Chandria village) closed the loop and led back to Agros village.

A very hard route, with a scary descend (towards Pelendri), a very nice descend (towards Kakopetria) and everything else being more or less climbing. I felt generally well except during the last 5 mile ascend to Kyperounta, during which I thought I was melting due to the heat! A couple of kind people offered me water during the ride which was nice. The roads were quiet and with mostly good quality tarmac. So 55 miles with 6500ft climb in around 5 hours.

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