Cycling Hellas, Cycling Sports Club, PINEIOS, the Region of Thessaly and the Municipality of Meteora (Kalampaka) co – organize the Panhellenic MTB Cycling race, under the registered name Meteora MTB race – Vasilis Eustathiou for the third consecutive year. The race will take place in the picturesque area of Meteora and it is dedicated to the memory of the Athlete and Friend Vasilis Eustathiou, as a tribute to Vasilis and his family.
The aim of the event is twofold. On the first place is to give prominence to the aesthetic beauty of Meteora city and secondly to give boost to the cycling culture and to designate both the bicycle and the sport of mountain biking.
Supporters of the race are: the Climbing Club of Kalampaka and the Runners Club of Kalampaka.
The race is carried out under the regulations of the Hellenic Cycling Federation and the UCI.
The start is given in the Kastraki square and following two courses. One of 18km and one of 32 km. After successively passing through continuous single track on dirt around the sacred rocks of Meteora, it is completed at the initial point.
The course is entirely on dirt with single track percentage over 80%.
Meeting Point: Kastraki Central Square
Start: Kastraki Central Square
Finish: Kastraki Central SquareRace Declaration
A group of huge dark rocks is rising outside of Kalampaka, near the first hills of Pindos and Chassia. They were created about 30 million years ago when the sea covering the region began falling back, drawing back and bestowing rocks at the bottom of the sea, that solidified over the years.
The isolated rocks come up to a height 400 meters and host monastic communities on their tops. The monasteries constitute the second more important and remarkable monastic complex in Greece, after the Mount Athos. The buildings of monasteries look like a continuation of the rocks, like their natural ending.
In 1989 the Unesco registered Meteora in the list of the World Heritage Sites, as a cultural natural monument of great importance. It has been recognized the “Holy-Meteora” as “landmark monument of Humanity”, thus declaring that they belong not only to Greece but also to the whole world. The Meteora monasteries are included in the World Cultural Heritage Sites, because they constitute a unique harmonic combination of a byzantine architecture and natural beauty. The Greek state recognized this place as a “holy place, unalterable and intact”.
They owe their name to Agios Athanasios Meteoritis, founder of the monastery of Metamorfosi tou Sotiros (Big Meteoro), who gave this name to the “wide stone”, where he climbed for the first time in 1344. According to the prevailing opinion, the first hermits settled in the area in the 12th century and prospered, however, as a monastic center in the 13th-14th century, while many residents of the surrounding regions adopted the hermetic life. From the thirty monasteries through history, only six of them exist today.
A place for climbing lovers. In the past the monks and the hermits were climbing to the monasteries and their hermitages by ropes, nets or with bare hands. Rock climbing in Meteora continued in the contemporary period. Climbers from every part of the world come today in Meteora, in order to take on the huge rocks, enjoying the classic climbing routes rising almost vertically to a height of a half kilometer.
Meteora are undoubtedly an invaluable artistic and heirloom treasure. The existence of many monasteries in such a small place, along with the orthodox spiritual life and asceticism diachronically cause the admiration of the visitors from abroad and the interior of the county.
The traditional settlement «Palio Kastrakiι».
The 6 visitable monasteries:
The Theopetra Cave.
The Natural History Museum and the Mushroom Museum.
The scarves from the custom of Agios Georgios Mantilas.