The Mani 200 tour is our genesis, the raw and epic power of the Mani landscape, hitting all our favourite spots along the way. This is Greece’s answer to Big Sur, but more extreme and with barely a car on the roads let alone other riders. For this special ride we’ll be joined by Patrick Denis “Batman of Provence” of TopVelo to provide a special package.
We start in Sparta – which is fitting for this epic ride – and head out for our warm-up day with 150km of mountains, just to get the legs moving. We’ll end with some tips and chat with our pros over an epic view and piles of great food and local pasta Day 2 we’ll start by checking out the historic site at Mystras before heading back into the mountains for a day of gorges and cols. As we get to our summit point you’ll get those first sea views down to the Aegean. Day 3 is our big day – a 200km dawn-to-dusk ride we call the #Mani200. We snake and climb up and down the mountain along the spine of the Mani peninsula, hit the coast road and head all the way down to the far Southern tip of mainland Greece – Tenaro – the mythical home of Hades at the end of the earth. Expect to go from beach weather to black clouds and back, to windswept mountain tops to tavernas on the beach, all in one day. We’ll end the day with massages and cocktails, if you’re still standing. Day 4 is our chillout and warm down, a quick swim in the sea to get those muscles cooled off and then back through the mountains to our base.
We’ve got a lot of connections to this little bit of the world, and this is the best way we could think of to showcase everything that Pedal Greece stands for in a long weekend. We’ll take you to secret spots, the best food and the biggest views, and treat you to a truly epic ride. It’s tough but totally worth it. We’d recommend a high level of fitness and strong climbers. Our pros will treat you to a full training schedule, tips and suggestions, while the Pedal Greece team make sure you’re fed the best food and sleep comfortably along the way.
Included With Trip:
All accommodation (based on shared rooms)
All food and drinks (at least all local wines, beers and spirits – don’t expect to be going out for cocktails)
Transportation from either Kalamata (KLX) or Athens (ATH) airport
Bike transport in Greece, set-up and tuning (we love our bikes and are sure you do too, so we’ll make sure you have no problems if you decide to bring your own)
Support car for repairs, snacks and photo opportunities
Pedal Greece cycling guide and pacer
Professional sports photographer – we’ll be bringing our in-house sports photographer for a day to capture the epic-ness of the ride and provide you with the kind of Instagram shots that will make your friends cry
Bike rental: we can arrange for various bikes, our standard is a Ridley Fenix C 105 with carbon frame and caliper breaks but tell us what you like and we’ll do our best to source it.
Extend your trip in Athens or the Peloponnese – just ask us and we can organize accommodation and an extended itinerary. We can also store you bike while you head off for more adventures.