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Bike Odyssey 2018

Bike Odyssey 2018, one of the most demanding cross country mountain bike races in the world, will be taking place for the sixth consecutive time on 17-24 June 2018 at Pindos; Greece’s largest mountain range traversing the Greek mainland from the Northwest to the Southeast.

Featuring 3 different rides of 620 km (8 day Bike Odyssey), 208 km (3 day North Bike 0dyssey) and 220 km (3 day South Bike Odyssey), the race showcases some of the best mountain bike cycling Greece has to offer and is aimed at advanced mountain bike riders and athletes.

The flagship event is of course the challenging 8 day Bike Odyssey starting at the lovely village of Smixi at Grevena (Region of Western Macedonia) and finishing at the picturesque seaside town of Nafpaktos at Aetoloakarnania (Region of Western Greece) while taking in some of most pristine scenery of mainland Greece. Featuring several beautiful stage locations and winding through 5 different Regions, 57 stunning villages, several rough paths as well as lush forests, scenic lakes and rivers and rugged mountains of striking beauty, this is a unique adventure that is not to be missed by mountain bike enthusiasts in 2018.

In previous years Bike Odyssey participants have come from the lengths and breadths of the world including for instance the UK, France, Italy, Cyprus, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Australia, Indonesia and South Africa, whereas this year participations are expected to reach a new all-time high with mountain bike riders attending from around the globe as well as Greece.

Please find below more information about the three alternative Bike Odyssey 2018 routes:

8 Days Bike Odyssey (17-24 June 2018)
Starts at Smixi and finishes at Nafpaktos
• teams of 2 persons
• 8 days
• overall distance of 620 km
• 19.800 m elevation gain cumulative
• 57 villages

3 Days North Bike Odyssey (17-19 June 2018)
Starts at Smixi and finishes at Pyli
• teams of 2 persons
• 3 days
• overall distance of 208 km
• 6.300 m elevation gain cumulative
• 32 villages

3 Days South Bike Odyssey (22-24 June 2018)
Start at Krikelo and finishes at Nafpaktos
• teams of 2 persons
• 3 days
• overall distance of 220 km
• 7.000 m elevation gain cumulative
• 25 villages

Bike Odyssey 2018 is under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation.

More info about the Pindos mountain range:
The Pindos (also Pindus) mountain range is located in mainland Greece. It has a length of 230 km and its largest width reaches 70 km, whereas its highest mountain peak can be found at Mount Smolikas at an altitude of 2,637 m (second highest mountain in Greece after Mt Olympus, 2.918 m). Pindos consists of a vast complex of mountains, peaks, plateaus, valleys and gorges stretching from northwestern Greece near the Greek-Albanian borders down to Western Greece and the Corinthian Gulf. Moreover, as the mountain range runs along the regions of Thessaly and Epirus, it is also often referred to as the "backbone of Greece".

For more info about the event and to register please see here:

You can also watch Bike Odyssey’s teaser video here:

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Bike Odyssey 2018

17/06/2018 - 24/01/2018

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Dates: 17-24 June 2018¦ Location: Prefectures of Grevena, Trikala, Evritania, Fokida and Aetoloakarnania ¦ Routes: 3 different mountain bike rides – for more details please see the official Bike Odyssey website ¦ Event times: For the detailed event times please see the official Bike Odyssey website ¦More info:

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