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 as we kick the tires in the early season and hit the roads for an Easter ride in Southern Greece.
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 the trip:
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. Most airlines will transport your bike for around €50 each way. In Greece we'll be able to help with any set-up and tuning at our partner bike shop 48x17 in central Athens, or on the road with our bike repair guru Agi.If you'd like to extend your trip we can offer secure storage locations in central Athens, and in Sparta.If you'd prefer to rent we can arrange for various options. Our standard rental 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. We can fit pedals, seats and anything else you'd like to bring to your rental.
Our standard package is based on shared occupancy twin rooms in boutique hotels along the route.All food and reasonable drinks (basically anything with dinner) are included as well, and we'll be trying out a range of Greek traditional and fusion cuisine on the route, both in the mountains and by the sea. Our blog has some pictures from our last trip in November to get an idea: https://pedalgreece.com/news/food-glorious-food/In addition, we'll be supplying snacks, water and isotonics from our support car on the road.If you have any food allergies or preferences let us know and we'll accommodate.