Cyprus Sunshine Cup is one of the most famous Mountain bike Series in the UCI Calender. It takes place every year in the early season. Cyprus Sunshine Cup races are been organized since many years in the past, with the first race taking place in 1997. The races were under different names and were not in a form of Series. Since 2006 the races were renamed to “Cyprus Sunshine Cup” which is an official series in the UCI calendar.
This year the first race is the “Afxentia Stage race” and it has been organised for the past 20 years as a UCI Race, which makes it one of the oldest, if not the oldest existing stage race in Europe. It is organised in honour of the National hero Grigoris Afxentiou who died in the area of Macheras Forest in 1957, during the freedom struggle of 1955-1959.“Afxentia” is a Hors Class Race (SHC) in the UCI calendar, which gives a big amount of UCI points and prize money to the participants.