Skinakas Challenge is one of the most iconic and physically challenging road cycling races in Europe. A test of climbing skill and of physical, as well as mental endurance.
Saturday May 20th, 2017
Rethymnon – Skinakas Peak, island of Crete, Greece
Skinakas Challenge is both separate from and, at the same time, part of the Tour of Crete. It is a standalone racing event, organised by Atlas Cycling Team of Rethymnon with the technical support of Cretan Sports Cycling and officially recognized by the Greek Cycling Federation (ΕΟΠ) and listed in the National Racing Calendar. Additionally, the race route of Skinakas Challenge is also a segment from the route of Stage 6 of The Tour of Crete. That day all racers and tourers will share a common start in Rethymnon. Additionally all Tour of Crete participants that ride Stage 6 are automatically registered for Skinakas Challenge as competitors in the Open category. They are free to ride in a competitive or touring pace as they see fit. Any participants bearers of a valid racing license in Men’s, Women’s or Masters Category may additionally register as such, provided they show their racing license in the race’s secretariat before the event’s start.
Skinakas Peak is the highest point anyone can reach by road in Crete and tops at 1750 meters. At the top also resides Skinakas Observatory of the University of Crete which rightfully serves as the icon of this event. Skinakas Peak has long been a site of local cycling pilgrimage and a climb of soul-searching that is long known to have separated “the boys from men” on the way to the top. Provided the mountains feel hospitable on the day of the climb, once one reaches the observatory, he can then gaze upon the marvelous view of both the Cretan Sea in the North and the Libyan Sea in the South around this majestic island that Crete is.
distance: 92,2Km total vertical gain: 3.244m
The race begins from the city of Rethymnon at sea level and it is pretty much an honest constant uphill from there to the top. [To be completed …]