Start of the season in Cyprus

For the five athletes of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM the Olympic season 2016 starts with the «Cyprus Sunshine Cup». The riders want to log some serious miles and get into their racing rhythm on the Mediterranean island - and if possible they are aiming for some early success as well.


The island of Cyprus often offers perfect conditions for cyclists when the weather is still very unpredictable in Central Europe - and that goes for both training and racing. The «Cyprus Sunshine Cup» is a multi-day race that many athletes choose as their first races after the christmas break. This year the «Cyprus Sunshine Cup» is being held from February 25th to February 28th, with the Voroklini race following suit on March 6th. Since the races have been ranked as Hors Classe by the UCI there are a lot of points at stake. The Afxentia stage race starts with an individual time trial over a distance of 5.7 kilometers around Lefkara, followed by two point-to-point races over 47.9 and 45.3 kilometers respectively. The final stage is a cross-country race held on a circuit that features 217 meters of climbing over a distance of 5.6 kilometers. One week later another race is being held on Cyprus in Voroklini, attracting a lot of strong riders.

All the athletes of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM have made the trip to Cyprus: Apart from Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå and José Hermida, Ondrej Cink, Thomas Litscher and Julian Schelb will be competing at the «Cyprus Sunshine Cup». As health issues kept Cink, Litscher and Schelb from training at full intensity throughout the week before the race, team manager Fabian Aust is eager to dampen the expectations: «We will have to see how well these three riders have recovered from the health issues that were plaguing them last week. The races in Cyprus are a welcome opportunity for some intense trainings - all the more so as we will be staying on the island for almost two weeks. And who knows: Maybe the team will succeed in winning some precious points for the UCI rankings in Cyprus. This would be all the more welcome in order to get a more favorable position at the start of Worldcup races.»

Before the athletes headed out to Cyprus the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM already had a first important appointment: In mid February the athletes gathered for a training camp and a first official photo shooting with Daniel Geiger in Cambrils in the Spanish province of Tarragona. The images from that photo shooting will be available in high-resolution on the team’s media server (see link below) in a short while. The riders made good use of the training camp to fine-tune the Rock Shox forks and dampers of their MERIDA bikes in close cooperation with SRAM’s Worlcup technician Martin Kirchner.