Greek gods looked down favorably on Gran Fondo Apollo-Aphrodite on 4 October in the city of Limassol, Cyprus, blessing participants with beautiful sunny Mediterranean blue skies.

The 96km race retraced 10,000 years of ancient sites linked to the gods of Olympus – specifically Aphrodite and Apollo.

In the Men’s race, Alexandros Matsangos (ELITE CYCLING) had the gods on his side as he soloed to victory in a time of 2:20:59. Alexandros Agrotis finished second in 2:21:00 and Georgios Fattas (POP) earned the third and final podium spot with a time of 2:21:20.

In the Women’s category, Dutch cyclist Annemiek Stegehui (POP) was fastest, finishing in 2:57:54. Kalia Lazarou took second place with a time of 3:04:50, while Sarah Toms crossed the finish line in 3:05:23 to take third place.

The race wound through idyllic villages, past ancient Greek monuments and up 1500m into coastal mountains before finishing in the ancient city of Kourion.

Gran Fondo Apollo-Aphrodite results can be viewed here.

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