BikeOdyssey 2020: 20 June - 28 June 2020

Route

 

  • Total distance: 6 km
  • El.Gain (+): 283 m

 

The prologue will be a small team time-trial (6 km), consisting of technical dirt paths and small scenic alleys of the local settlement at Smixi.

PROLOGE XARTIS

PROLOGE IPSOMETRO

444039 Smixi

 

Smixi is a mountainous village in the prefecture of Grevena, derived from the union (smixi means union in greek) of Pinakades village and Biga village, whose inhabitants wanted to escape malaria. It is built at an altitude of 1,220 meters on the hillside of Smolikas Mountain and is one of the most mountainous villages of Greece.

Its population is 750 residents. Due to its proximity to the ski resort of Vasilitsa it has become an important winter resort in the region. It located 38 km from Grevena.

 

 

sullogos smixioton lavaro"The cultural and folklore association of people of Smixi "OREA VASILITSA" with great pleasure welcomes you to the beautiful Smixi, feels great satisfaction that the team chose this truly beautiful village of Pindos in order to be held two of the very important cycle races of the year. We will try to do our best to be worthy of your choice. We wish you all, organizers and participants, every success and we hope our cooperation will continue for many years. These events give life to our village and generally throughout our region. Thank you and again GOOD LUCK.

Yours sincerely on behalf of the Board
The President
Gitsi Mary"

  • Total distance: 111 km
  • El.Gain (+): 3.219 m

 

smixi kallirroi

 

upsometriko smixi kallirroi 2

 

 

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Kallirroi is a mountainous village in the district of Trikala. It is built at an altitude of 1,040 meters on the slopes of southern Pindos, between the peaks Dalia (1,500 m), Krotiaia Papou (1,700 m) and Bourdeni (1,750 m), between Krania and Polythea. It is 60 km from Kalambaka and is one of the most mountainous settlements in Thessaly. Kallirroi belongs to the Aspropotamos Community.

Its about 200 residents (in the summer months) are engaged in logging (8,500 acres of fir, pine and beech forest) and livestock farming. In the winter the village deserts and the community office is transported and operates in Trikala. On the contrary, in the summer, everything comes alive with the arrival of not only the locals who return to their homes but also vacationers who are ready to enjoy the beauty of the place and the good climate, thus reaching a number of 1,000 residents. The natural environment remains virgin and this has made it possible to maintain in the forests many wild animals such as deer, wolves, foxes, hares, bears and squirrels. The river of Kallirrois poured into Aspropotamos is a natural reserve of trout.

Although the testimonies of the occasional movements of the populations during the Ottoman domination are fragmentary, we know that Vlachs from the Aspropotamos area settled in Iraklia (Tzoumagia, Serres). Perhaps such a movement was the reason for the desertion of the village before 1830, as tradition shows. It is also reported that the ethnologist Cosmas Aetolos passed and taught through the village. The two churches of the village followed the fate of the settlement. Thus, the sacred church of the Koimiseos tis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin), dated before 1600, was burned in 1943 by the Germans and a new one was built in its place. Only the old bell tower was preserved. On the fifteenth of August, the village celebrate a feast after the Divine Liturgy in the village square. The church of Ag. Nicholas, which is considered the oldest of the village, was demolished in 1970 and a new temple was built in its place, where part of the iconostasi (altarpiece) and portable icons saved from the old church and were placed in the new one.

 

 

  • Total Distance: 81,52 km
  • Elev. Gain (+) 2.608 m

    2.xartis etap22.ipsometrika etap2pili2Pyli is one of the most picturesque villages of Prefecture of Trikala. It has a population about 1.850 inhabitants, in an altitude of 230 meters and it is 18 km away from Trikala. There resides and the homonymous Municipality of Pyli. Previously, the settlement was called Porta (it means gate), because of the location where it is built, at the entrance of the canyon that leads to the mountain villages of Pindos. Through the village flows the river Portaikos, which then poured into the Peneus river.

  • Total Distance: 62,1 km
  • Elev. Gain (+): 3.241 m

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3.ipsometrika etap3

 

kalybia pezulas 2 Kalyvia is the settlement of the Local Community of Pezoulas of the Municipality of Plastira Lake in the Prefecture of Karditsa. Kalyvia is located beside Lake Plastira, unlike Neohori which was high on the mountain, so you will be able to admire the Lake more. It is a growing settlement with many country houses. It is located at a distance of 42 kilometers southwest of Karditsa and its population does not exceed 300 people. Prior to the creation of the lake, the residents of the settlement worked in the fields of Nevropolis and kept their cabins here; from their existence the location take this name. Sights of the area are the church of Agios Panteleimonas, the watermill, the stone fountains of Karagiannis and Agia Paraskevi.

  • Total Distance:  115 km
  • Elev. Gain (+)3.895 m

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4.ipsometrika etap4

 

 b_245_163_16777215_00_images_2014_krikello.jpgKrikello located in Southeast Evritania. It is built at an altitude of 1,120 meters on the eastern side of Mount Kaliakouda near the sources of Krikellopotamos river(or Krikellioti), and is one of the most mountainous villages in Greece. Once you enter the village we see seven water sources that run from the stone mugs. The cathedral church, Agios Nikolaos is the newest monument  located in the central square of the village among dense trees. 

 

 

 

The Mayor of Karpenisi Mr. Nikos Souliotis said:
b_100_100_16777215_00_images_souliotis_nikos_dimarxos_karpenisiou.JPG"With great pleasure we welcome to the Municipality of Karpenisi, in the village Krikello, the cycling event "Bike Odyssey 2015". The unique natural landscape of our region is the most ideal for this kind of events. The sporting activity is undoubtedly one of the most important values over time. We wish good luck to the athletes and welcome them to our municipality."

 

 

b_100_91_16777215_00_images_2015_syngounis_proedros_sullogou_krikello.jpg"Krikello, the idyllic and picturesque village of Evritania welcomes Bike Odyssey. Our hospitable mountain village will welcome for second year all those who participate in this celebration of cycling and will help in any way it can, in order to the race leaves the best memories for athletes, visitors and local residents.
With respect,
Kostas Syngounis – President of the Cultural Association of Krikeliotes Evritanes "Aghios Nikolaos""

  • Total Distance: 6 km
  • Elev. Gain (+): 319 m

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6KRIKELO PROLOG 6KLM IPSOMETR

 

 b_245_163_16777215_00_images_2014_krikello.jpgKrikello located in Southeast Evritania. It is built at an altitude of 1,120 meters on the eastern side of Mount Kaliakouda near the sources of Krikellopotamos river(or Krikellioti), and is one of the most mountainous villages in Greece. Once you enter the village we see seven water sources that run from the stone mugs. The cathedral church, Agios Nikolaos is the newest monument  located in the central square of the village among dense trees. 

 

 

 

The Mayor of Karpenisi Mr. Nikos Souliotis said:
b_100_100_16777215_00_images_souliotis_nikos_dimarxos_karpenisiou.JPG"With great pleasure we welcome to the Municipality of Karpenisi, in the village Krikello, the cycling event "Bike Odyssey 2015". The unique natural landscape of our region is the most ideal for this kind of events. The sporting activity is undoubtedly one of the most important values over time. We wish good luck to the athletes and welcome them to our municipality."

 

 

b_100_91_16777215_00_images_2015_syngounis_proedros_sullogou_krikello.jpg"Krikello, the idyllic and picturesque village of Evritania welcomes Bike Odyssey. Our hospitable mountain village will welcome for second year all those who participate in this celebration of cycling and will help in any way it can, in order to the race leaves the best memories for athletes, visitors and local residents.
With respect,
Kostas Syngounis – President of the Cultural Association of Krikeliotes Evritanes "Aghios Nikolaos""

  • Total Distance: 90,05 km
  • Elev. Gain (+): 2.835 m

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Athanasios Diakos (Upper Mousounitsa), is a village with many visitors throughout the year.

The village is located on the north side of Vardousia at an altittude of 1100m. in an amazing landscape surrounded by a dense forest of firs, cedars, oaks, chestnuts, wild flowers, wild forest animals, wild ravines and springs, a landscape of rare  beauty.

Worth visiting: the archaeological sites, artificial limni Mornou-Lidorikiou, green plateaus on the tops of Vardousia Iti.

 

 

 

  • Total Distance: 81 km
  • Elev. Gain (+): 1869 m

8xartis ath diakos ktithorea

8ipsometrika adiakos ktithorea

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Kato Tithorea is a town of the prefecture of Fthiotida and the capital of the expanded Municipality of Amfiklia - Elatia. It is built on the eastern slopes of Mount Parnassus, at an altitude of 440 meters, on the paths of which the mythical Odysseus hunted wild boars with his grandfather, Autolykos,.

Bike Odyssey will pass through some villages in area of Kato Tthorea. Some of them are Tithorea (formerly known as Velitsa) and Agia Marina, where the athletes and visitors of the race will have the chance to admire the monastery of Panagia Odigitria and the historic monastery of Agia Marina. At the same time, the participants will be able to rejuvenate themselves from the running cool waters of the springs of Parnassus.

In addition, contestants will be able to explore the ruins of ancient Tithorea between the houses of the settlement of Tithorea, as well as the cave in which the lion of Roumeli, Odysseus Androutsos, lived and acted during the Greek Revolution.

Finally, the bust of Philopoimin Finos in the central square of the village of Kato Tithorea, the great producer of Greek cinema and founder of the historic Finos Film, could not be unmentioned. From this square the final stage of the race will begin.

 

  • Total Distance: 40 km
  • Elev. Gain (+): 1532 m

 

xartis tithorea

 

ipsometrika tithorea

 

2458382Kato Tithorea is a town of the prefecture of Fthiotida and the capital of the expanded Municipality of Amfiklia - Elatia. It is built on the eastern slopes of Mount Parnassus, at an altitude of 440 meters, on the paths of which the mythical Odysseus hunted wild boars with his grandfather, Autolykos,.

Bike Odyssey will pass through some villages in area of Kato Tthorea. Some of them are Tithorea (formerly known as Velitsa) and Agia Marina, where the athletes and visitors of the race will have the chance to admire the monastery of Panagia Odigitria and the historic monastery of Agia Marina. At the same time, the participants will be able to rejuvenate themselves from the running cool waters of the springs of Parnassus.

In addition, contestants will be able to explore the ruins of ancient Tithorea between the houses of the settlement of Tithorea, as well as the cave in which the lion of Roumeli, Odysseus Androutsos, lived and acted during the Greek Revolution.

Finally, the bust of Philopoimin Finos in the central square of the village of Kato Tithorea, the great producer of Greek cinema and founder of the historic Finos Film, could not be unmentioned. From this square the final stage of the race will begin.

 

BikeOdyssey is an 9 days XC (Cross Country) bike race across the Pindos mountain range, in Greece. Is the toughest race in Greece and one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world.

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Fast Stats

Some fast stats:

620

Km

19 800

elevation gain

57

villages

9

days