All 19 participants completed the grueling 109,4-kilometer event from Pafos to Olympus peak!
Six hours and fifteen minutes, under intense physical circumstances, was the time needed for the winner of the Olympus Man Triathlon to reach the finish line at the Olympus peek on Troodos Mountain, after starting the event at sea level in the town of Pafos.
The Olympus Man Triathlon took place on Sunday, November 1st, for the first time, with Bikin’ Cyprus Events hosting the event. The organizers are known among others as the presenters of the prestigious Cyprus Sunshine Cup.
The triathlon had a total length of 109,4 kilometres, with a total ascend of 3 thousand meters. The race started in 6:30 in the morning, with a 1,9 km swim in the sea area of Kato Pafos. After that, the super-athletes took on their bikes and cycled for 86 km until Troodos Square, near the top of the island's largest mountain range. The third stage of the event was a 21,5 km run until Olympus peak, the highest point in Cyprus.
Marian Cosmin Constantin was the winner of the event. The Romanian -who lives in Cyprus the last eight years and represents the island in various international events- finished in 6 hours, 15 minutes and 43 seconds. He crossed the finish line around 1 in the noon. The final athlete completed the difficult course in 10 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds, passing the line at around 4 in the afternoon, around the time nightfall appeared!
It is worth mentioning that all 19 athletes and three teams (of three athletes each) finished the event!
The Olympus Man Triathlon was sponsored by Hellenic Bank and Atlantic Insurance and supported by the Pafos Nautical Club, Pafos region, Pafos municipality, Troodos Tourism Board, Troodos Hotel, Almyra Hotel, Kemanes Printing, Bolse Vita Food & Juice bar, Evangelismos Private Hospital in Pafos, Cyprus Active Life active events website and Bikin'Cyprus Adventures.
Marian Cosmin Constantin spoke about his success after the event: “I am very happy I was able to win the first edition of the Olympus Man. I have experience from other difficult races, but not from one so gruelling. To finish such an event you need strong willpower, since the body wants you to stop, but you need to find the strength to keep going”.
The winner added that “it was a great experience and the most difficult race I’ve ever taken part in. Especially, running for 21 kilometres following 87 kilometres of cycling was something very exhausting”.
“Cyprus is unique”
One of the well-known participants, due to his Everest Mountain climbing in 2012, was Giorgos Andreou, who finished 15th with a time of 9 hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds. “Due to its size, I faced the Olympus Man as a great challenge. For me it was more important to finish the race, than the time it would take me to do so. It was a beautiful experience. We are very lucky here in Cyprus that we have so many different places nearby to each other. From the sea of Pafos, to the top on the Troodos Mountain, it was a lovely experience”.
All nineteen athletes that dived in the Pafos sea finished the race. They are in order of finishing: Marian Cosmin Constantin, Sean McFarlane, Andreas Djiakouris, George Sofokleous, Giorgos Kaponas, Aristotelis Irzenski, Demetris Efstathiou, Andreas Hadjikoumis, Matthew Stott, Stephanos Manolis, Christopher Brett, Orestes Savva, George Kalisperides, Richard Roberts, Giorgos Andreou, Oratios Ierodiakonou, Thales Panagides, Julian Hawkins and Willy Albesa.
In the team category Babis Mantzaropoulos, Charis Charitou and Panikos Neofytou competed, while in the mixed teams category the following raced: Donna Charalambous, Demetris Charalambous, Panikos Koumis and Monica Williams, Myriam Psomas, Ian Hines.