BikeOdyssey 2020: 20 June - 28 June 2020

Route

Total Route of Bike Odyssey

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  • Total distance: 632,41 km
  • Elev. gain (+): 19.805 m
  • GPS Files: Click here

 XARTHS BIKEODYSSEY 2019

 

Pindos

Pindos is the biggest sierra in Greece. It has length 230 klm and width 70 klm. Some of the biggest mountains that  Pindos is constituted  are Smolikas, Grammos, Agrafa, Timfi  and  lakmos.  Mountains of  southern  Greece, such as Bardoysia, Gkiona, Parnassos and Oiti  are also considered to be part of the wider sierra of Pindos.  Pindos is full of dense forests,streams, rivers and quaint villages from where the race’ s trail passes.

 

Villages

 

1) 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. Ιts 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.

2) Kallirroi

 

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.

 

3) Pyli

Pyli 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.

4) Kalyvia Pezoulas

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.

5) Krikelo

Krikelo is located in Southeast Eyritania. It is built in an altitude of 1.120 meters, in the east side of the mountain Kaliakoyda, very close to the begging of the river Krikelopotamoy(or Krikelioti). Krikelo is one of the highest mountain settlement in Greece. As we enter the village, we see seven taps, seven sources of cold water that gushingendlessly from the mountains.  The cathedral of saint Nikola is one of the most beautiful churches of the county.  It is located in the central of the village and it’s for a long time now a gathering place for the people who live there and also for the visitors.

6) Athanasios Diakos

Athanasios Diakos (Upper Mousounitsa)  , is a village with many visitors throughout the year. The village is placed on the north side of Vardousia Mountains at an altitude of      1100m. in a superb landscape surrounded by a dense forest of fir, cedars, the trees, oaks,  chestnuts, rare wildflowers, wild forest animals, wild canyons and springs, which all  together form a habitat of rare beauty. Worth visiting: Archaeological sites,  artificial lake Mornos-Lidoriki, verdant plateaus on the tops of mountains Vardousia and Iti.

7) Kato Tithorea

 

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.

 

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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Monday - Friday 10h - 20h

 

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Fast Stats

Some fast stats:

620

Km

19 800

elevation gain

57

villages

9

days