A VIEW for the 1day event:
Cycling Hellas and the Cycling Sports Club PINEIOS, with co-organizers: the Region of Thessaly, the Region of Central Greece, the Municipality of Tempi, the Municipality of Delphi and with the supporters: the Cultural Association Dryas, the Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa, the National Emergency Center of Central Greece, the Municipality of Larissa, the Municipality of Farsala, the Municipality of Domokos, the Municipality of Lamia and the Municipality of Gravia,on Saturday 31 of August , carry out the innovative cycling event with the denomination "3rd Tour of Daphne" - Cyclosportive - Μythical event.
Τhe Cyclosportive - mythical event of 230 kilometres is addressed to the enthusiasts of long distance cycling, with road bicycles and fans of the history of Greece. It starts from the Valley of Tempi of Larissa and finishes at the Oracle of Delphi carrying a myth and a history.
The myth refers to the unfulfilled first love of the god Apollo with the beautiful nymph Daphne, Pineios’ daughter......... In the same footsteps of god Apollo, the cyclists will begin from the spring of Daphne and like the ancient pilgrims will head towards Delphi currying laurels from the valley of Tempi and will deposit to the Oracle.
The whole event is closely connected with the Greek mythology and history, which is widely known and presents great interest as much in Europe, as in the rest of the world.
Enjoy the unique Greek hospitality!
Enjoy a fully authentic Greek experience!
With your participation you contribute to the revival of history...!!!
For more details see the link below:
Duration: ~14 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Start: Vale of Tempe (Daphne's Spring)
Finish: The Oracle of Delphi. Deposit of laurel branches.
Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness
Recommended equipment list
Zeus let two eagles, one to the East and one to the West and they met at Delphi making it the center of the world.
The panhellenic temple and most important oracle of Ancient Greece was situated at the Navel of earth, as Delphi were called, and constituted for centuries the religious and cultural centre of ancient Greeks. Even sicne antiquity its fame surpassed the limits of Greece, something proven by the findings of the excavations that brought to light dedications from Syria and Armenia.
The oracle of Delphi, was dedicated to the god Apollo and Pythia, each Archpriestess, had the role of intermediate to transfer the intresetd people to prophecies.
The modern town of Delphi was built next to the archaeological site, at an altitude of 570m., with a view to the olive groves of Amphissa and the bay of Itea.
Delphi, characterized as a monument of world heritage by UNESCO, draw a huge crowd of Greek and foreign visitors during the whole year.
Because of the archaeological site, the adjacent Arachova, but also fo the ski resort of Parnassos, it has known great touristic growth.
The sites of Delphi are numerous.
The most important archaeological ones are:
The Temple of Apollo
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi with exquisite pieces of world fame.
The Ancient Theater of Delphi
The Ancient Stadium
The Stoa of the Athenians
The Athenian Treasury
The Iera Odos
The Kastalia Spring
The Tholos of Athina Pronaia
The Museum of Delphic Festivals.The Museum of Delphic Festivals is housed in the house of the big Greek writer and poet Aggelos Sikelianos. Sikelianos had envisaged the “Delphic idea”, a world cultural society with Delphi as its seat.On 1927, with contribution of his wife and many personalities of the time, the first Delphic festivals took place, which had world wide impact.