More than 180 athletes from 23 countries have so far declared their participation in the Rhodes’ UCI Gran Fondo World Cup, taking place in Rhodes from April 21-23, 2017. The event is organized by the Prefecture of the South Aegean, the City of Rhodes, the Rodilio Cycling Association, Sport Tour Hellas, and Rodos Cycling, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the General Secretariat for Sport and the Hellenic Cycling.

The countries being represented in the Rhodes World Cup are: England, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Canada, Cyprus, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, FYROM and Greece.

Lucas Catapodis to defend his title

Lucas Catapodis, last year’s winner of the Amateurs’ World Cup (also held in Rhodes), is up to the challenge of claiming the distinction in this year’s event, as well. He recently qualified for the event following the World Championship in France, having previously won the first place in the World Cup of Cyprus.

The internationally acclaimed Greek cycling master said of the Rhodes event: “I am cycling in my home country for one more year, and I am in it purely for the win. I am very well prepared. A few days ago I won the Cyprus World Cup and the Malta International Cycling Cup. I am no longer concerned with securing my qualification at the Amateurs’ World Cycling Cup taking place in France, so I can compete stress-free and pursue to have another good performance in Greece.”

Starting and finishing at the Rhodes Town Hall square, the course’s schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 21 – 14:00 Endurance race (95 km)
Saturday, April 22 – 14:00 Endurance race (100 km)
Sunday, April 23 – 10:00 20km (Individually timed)