When the winter knocks the door and the days become short and cold, it is time to seat near to the heater and revaluates: what it was and what it will be…
Early in May, even before the trees regained their fresh green color, a group of nearly 30 people camped at the Paiko mountain, near to the stream Stravopotamos. They joined the first edition of the “Bike Party”. For 3 days there were plenty activities related to the bicycle but not only. Besides the trips in the inspiring surrounding and the bicycle games, some of the participants spent time making handmade crafts, some others took the time to relax in their hangmats but for sure all of them would getter at night around the fire camp!
The last day of the Bike Party was dedicated to the bicycle race “Cold River Trail”. A short but demanding route in technical abilities and physical resistance attracted young and older ones. It included passages over wooden bridges, a rocky garden and off course, the crossing off a cold river. The positive memories off these days encourage us to repeat a second edition of these events in 2018.
For the best provision of our services, we accomplished the past year trainings as mountain-bike guides and First-Aid providers. Our clients will find not only memorable bicycle tour destinations, but also the seriousness of certified professionals.
Next step was putting or trainings in practice: we guided a family on their bicycles from Plastira Lake to Meteora. They enjoyed the quiet paved roads from the inland of Greece for 5 days, including the young participant of 8 years old. The group got especially impressed with the arriving to the unique rocky landscape of Meteora and concluded their tour with a celebratory dinner in a traditional Greek Taverna.
In cooperation with or partner Action Bike Club, we guided a group of 10 photographers into the Chortiatis Mountain. They were the lucky ones to win the Canon campaign “City vs. Action lover”. On this bicycle trip they had the opportunity to make good action shots.
Summer was designated to plotting the best cycling routes of North of Greece and Bulgaria. We cycled and recorded the best paths of Kissavo Mountain (North Pelion), of Pindus Mountain range (Zagorochoria), of central Greece including Plastira Lake and Meteora, of Pirin Mountains (Bansko-Bulgaria), the cost line of Xalkidiki and at the very end, Olympus Mountain. The outcome is a range of options for different kind of cyclists with different expectations for their bicycle trip experience. There are options for road and off road tours, for PRO ride cyclist and for families, see side and Mountain, adventurous stile or not. It’s to be checked at the featured tours in our web-site!
A beautiful closing of the year came with the honor to lead the Germans Torsten Reh and Jochen Hardt on their arrival to the city of Thessaloniki. They traveled by bicycle from Germany to Greece on a fundraising campaign supporting the Greek entity “Hope for a Smile”. We thanks for their initiative in the name of the children of Greece!
It was a full year for us and we hope next year we may guide cyclists in high style into the hidden beauties of the Balkans, offering them a safe and memorable bicycle tour experience.
We thanks our friends, our families, our educators, our partners in work and in life, and all the circumstances that favorited to get all of this realized!
See you in 2018!
Greece by Cycle team