By Andreas Vou
The Paphos Triathlon is set to take place today with around 150 athletes expected to participate in an event which is a further sign of Cyprus’ growing reputation in the hosting of reputable cycling events.
Just a couple of months after another successfully hosted Cyprus Sunshine Cup, which draws some of the top names in cycling, Paphos is now ready to take centre stage by hosting the 2015 Paphos Triathlon.
Andreas Demetriades, chairman of the Triathlon’s board, is hopeful that the event can provide a significant boost to the town’s reputation and the island as a whole.
“The Paphos Regional Tourism Board is fully behind the Paphos Triathlon because it promotes the town, the district and Cyprus in general.
“This race is in effect harnessing the popular sports activities in the district and bringing them together so that they can be showcased to the world as a sport and tourism destination,” said the chairman.
Demetriades is not the only who has high hopes for the event as the chairman of the Youth and Sport Committee of Paphos Municipality, Chrysanthos Savvides, is eagerly anticipating an event which he believes will be hugely beneficial to the town.
“Triathlon is an exciting sport which has a natural base in Paphos. The municipality will continue to support events like these that can offer so much to our town.
“I would like to thank Bikin’ Cyprus and the Paphos Regional Tourism Board for helping to bring about this race.”
The main event will get underway early on Sunday morning, with proceedings starting at 7:30am at the Municipal Baths in Paphos.
Two different races will begin within half an hour of each other. Firstly, the sprint triathlon, which is a 750-metre swim, followed by a 20-kilometre bike ride and a five-kilometre run.
The Olympic Triathlon is no less demanding than the aforementioned race. Participants are required to compete in a 1.5km swim, followed by a 20km bike race and conclude with a 5km run.
Once the races conclude, an award ceremony is scheduled to take place at 12:30pm.
The organisers are hoping for record participation in what will be the third edition of the event.
Either way, it is another chance for the island to put itself on the map as a host of local and foreign stars take part in an up and coming event.