The reason for the tour was to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the team, Robert Kyprianou, by rejoicing in the beauty, the wonderful sites and diverse history of the island. Along the way they:
- Passed ancient ruins at Paphos, Soloi, Salamis, Amathus and Curium;
- Witnessed the legacy of the Crusaders and the Franks at St Hilarion, Kantara and Kolossi;
- Admired the Venetian defences at Paphos Castle, Kyrenia Harbour and the walls of Famagusta;
- Visited the Christian churches and monasteries at Apostolos Andreas, Ayios Raphael at Pachyammos, Panayia Angeloktisti in Kiti, Ayios Mamas in Morphou, and the little but charming church of Ayios Georgios by the sea below Pegeia;
- Reminisced the legend of Aphrodite at Aphrodite’s Rock at Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite’s baths near Latsi, and Aphrodite’s Sanctuary in Kouklia;
- Enjoyed the beauty of the Akamas, the pleasure of the sea and beaches, and the remoteness of the Karpass peninsula.
This was also the first time that the three youngest members of the team - Andreas, Alex and Marios - saw their ancestral homes.
The five cyclists on this tour were:
Born in London to parents from Trikomo and Ayios Georgios, both near Famagusta now in the occupied area, who also have a home in Aphrodite Hills.
Son of Robert, born in London and who has never visited his grandparents’ homes in Trikomo and Ayios Georgios.
Son of Robert, born in London; a university student reading Economics at Warwick University.
Born in London and whose father is from Morphou. Vassos has run 15 marathons and numerous triathlons.
Son of Vassos. Andreas is a student and will be entering Warwick University in October to read Economics and has never visited his grandfather’s home in Morphou.