FOR WHOM IS THE TOUR OF CRETE?
The Tour of Crete is open for everyone: semi-professional cyclists, amateur champions, cycling lovers who are focused on training, but also beginners who want to step up to the challenge. You will meet all kinds of riders at this cyclosportive and we are eager to welcome everybody. There is no selection according to ability or performance level. However, in order to partake, it is essential to have prepared accordingly in advance. This is a challenging cyclosportive which requires proper training in order to handle the physically demanding terrain.
USEFUL INFORMATION / FAQ:
ABOUT THE EVENT
WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING EVENT IS THE TOUR OF CRETE?
The Tour of Crete is a non-competitive multi-day cyclosportive, officially recognised by the Greek Cycling Federation (ΕΟΠ).
IS THE TOUR OF CRETE A TIMED EVENT?
Νο, the Tour of Crete cyclosportive is not a timed event. Only Skinakas Challenge at the 6th stage will be timed race , for the participants who would wish to take part to that.
ARE THERE DISTINCT AGE/SEX CATEGORIES AND HOW ARE THEY AWARDED?
The Tour of Crete cyclosportive is a NON-COMPETITIVE participial event, yet a physically challenging one, even for competitive athletes. It strives to replicate the comradery and cosy, friendly vibe often appearing among friends during a long group training ride through breathtaking scenery and as such, any classification awards are unjustified. Furthermore, riders are thus not committed to any post-stage ceremony appearances and are free to proceed with their remaining day as they best prefer by the time they cross the finish line. However a finale celebration will take place post-completion of the Tour of Crete in Heraklion for all cyclists and non-cyclist participants, wherein participation memorabilia will be awarded to all finishers of the tour, as per the specified regulations.
I VIEW THE EVENT AS A WAY TO DISCOVER CRETE / AS A WAY TO TRAIN AND CHALLENGE MYSELF, IS IT FOR ME?
Yes, absolutely. This, as stated throughout the website, is a challenging cyclosportive even for competitive athletes. But not so much pace-wise as it is terrain-wise and that is by design for both. We want to take people through the most fascinating memorable corners of Crete, so we are not afraid to hit the mountains or gorges if it comes to it. Similarly we know by experience that the lasting memories are made through the tough rides you later enjoy talking about achieving, over some cold beer with your ridemates.
By NOT making it a race, we can all have the cake and eat it too :). We can let our stronger riders enjoy themselves up the hills if they feel like it, but we can also slow them down as they recover, to either regroup in the straights with the trailing group or at least close the gap. By controlling both the front and the rear we can be very flexible. Similarly, as stated in the Terms and Conditions we are willing to help (push) or even carry in trucks any cyclist that finds it hard to stick with a group. We expect the pace to be “enthusiastic” on the first stage but as soon as people get to know the Cretan mountains, each other and then realize they are in no hurry at all, we expect some major friendly groups to form up with the stronger riders pulling the group and the rest drafting along.
We’ve been marketing the Tour as a non-competitive challenge all along, one that should feel like one of those lengthy Sunday fun, but challenging, group training rides; full with chatting, jokes and coffee/beer in the evening by the beach, before enjoying ourselves all over again the next day.
WHEN DOES THE EVENT START?
The Tour of Crete starts on Monday, May 15th. All cyclists must arrive no later than Sunday May 14th in order to attend the welcome & information evening gathering. The end of the Tour of Crete is on the 20th of May after finishing the 6th and final stage. Departure day is Sunday, May 21st. If a participant wishes to spend more time in Crete, for training or relaxation, please feel free to let us know in advance and we can organize it for you.
WHERE AND WHEN DO I PICK UP MY EVENT KIT BAG AND JERSEY NUMBER?
Riders collect their event kit bags at 5pm, at the hotel in Heraklion, just before they attend the welcome & information evening gathering, one day before the tour’s start.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO GET MY EVENT KIT BAG?
- Identity document
- Participant voucher from your tour operator (if applicable)
WHAT TO DO WITH MY LUGGAGE?
Each rider’s luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, except bicycle travel bags which can be stored in the hotel in Heraklion.
WHERE CAN I GET MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY BICYCLE?
Mechanical assistance will be available at the start / finish points of each stage. Additionally lightweight mobile roadside support will accompany the peloton throughout the entire event. However all riders are advised to carry their own spare equipment and tools regardless, for safety reasons.
WHAT IF I CAN’T BRING MY OWN BIKE TO THE EVENT?
BMC TeamMachine and GrandFondo road bike options are available for hire as seen in the registration form.
IS THERE ANY NUTRITION SUPPLY (SUPPORT) DURING THE EVENT?
As specified in each stage’s timetable (found at the bottom of each stage’s page), official feed zones will be stationed in predeclared positions along the routes providing riders water, energy products, fresh fruit etc.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET?
It is obligatory to use a rigid cycling helmet throughout the entire event.
WHAT TYPE OF BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED AT THE TOUR OF CRETE?
All types of road bicycles are allowed.
ARE THE ROADS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DURING THE EVENT?
Officially the roads are not closed during the tour. Police officers in their vehicles and informed volunteers with motorbikes will be specifically tasked to handle the traffic and establish a protective buffer for the entirety of the event. However every cyclist is required to obey all local traffic laws for his own safety and is expected in no situation to ever compromise the safety of others.
WHAT RULES SHOULD I FOLLOW DURING THE EVENT?
- You should follow all rules as described below:
- Ride on the right side of the roads so that vehicles and faster cyclists can overtake you.
- Warn cyclists behind you of potential obstacles by lifting your arm and/or any other means as necessary.
- Get off the road if you have to stop due to a mechanical problem.
- Stay focused and concentrated so as to avoid any accidents.
- Rules as displayed above are a subset of the Rules.
WHO CAN REGISTER?
The event is open for all riders who are of age 18 years old or beyond.
HOW CAN I REGISTER?
Riders can only register through the official website registration form.
I HAVE A SPECIFIC INQUIRY AND/OR REQUEST. HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT?
Please feel free to contact us for any further information or arrangements by using the contact form on our website.