Road Cycling

Road cycling and training tours in Crete. Road cycling holiday with new SCOTT road bikes! Also road bike rental and delivery at any location in Crete.

Road cycling tours in Crete follow roads with moderate & steep gradients. Advanced road cycling skills, bike control & sporty condition are required.

Crete is a hidden paradise for road cycling. There are road cycling tours that will leave you in awe. All road cycling tours depart from the KRETA BIKE cycling center.

Please see the length of the road cycling tours (in km). Our guide knows every scenic road and mountain pass. He will give an approximate return time before departure. These cycling programs are suited for beginners, weekend cyclists and “King of the Mountains”, polka dot jersey cyclists.

Level II road cycling tours in the Georgioupolis – Rethymnon – Panormos – Bali area.

Potamos Lake

This is our road cycling “test tour” – one through the fantastic hinterland of Rethymnon. We will drink a frappe at the Gidospito cafe right next to the lake and ready ourselves mentally for the remainder of the tour. Look forward to a long descent back to the north coast.

Distance: 60 km / 1.230 m Altitude gain.

Melidoni Cave

We climb up to the famous Arkadi monastery and enjoy the view over the complete bay of Rethymnon. Via the pottery village of Magarites, we head for the spectacular Melidoni Cave. After a short visit to the cave, an easy ride awaits us heading back to the road cycling center.

Distance: 70 km / 1.080 m Altitude gain.

Spili

We cycle towards the Vrisina mountain and ride via quiet roads along the Amari dam reservoir. We will pass through many little villages until we get to Spili. We stop at the traditional kafeneio Raftis (tailor) and order a fresh orange juice or Greek coffee from Giorgos or his son Adonis. The way home is a relaxing ride.

Distance: 79 km / 1.540 m Altitude gain.

Plakias

A fantastic road cycling experience – a “short”, island crossing. A tour through the heart of Crete. We head South via the Kotsifou gorge and enjoy the panoramic views above Plakias, before we head north again via the dramatic landscapes of the Kourtaliotiko gorge. Do not forget to check the weather forecast for Meltemi winds.

Distance: 86 km / 1.850 m Altitude gain.

Agia Galini

A challenging ride along the western flank of the Psiloritis. while exploring the beautiful Amari valley! We will make a pause in Agia Galini as a reward. On our way back we can make a stop at the famous Venetian ”lion head” fountains in Spili, while we will prepare ourselves for the final Patsos to Rethymnon stretch.

Distance: 121 km / 2.610 m Altitude gain.

Skinakas Observatory

The Ida Mountains have the highest paved road in Crete. This tour fulfils every road cycling dream. After Anogia we climb up the Psiloritis at a steady pace. This tour is only for experienced road cyclists, due to the partially steep descents and the rough road conditions at the foot of the observatory. Check your speed on the way down!

Distance: 134 km / 2.370 m Altitude gain.

Coast to Coast

This tour is not for the faint-hearted. We ride west along the north coast, turn South at Vryses and climb up to the Askifou Plateau. The decent demands 100% concentration and has humbled many egos. Expect 18 hairpin turns and 3 tunnels until you reach sea level. We will follow the south coast panorama road and later turn north via the Kotsifou Gorge, in order to head again for home.

Distance: 147 km / 2.520 m Altitude gain.

Included in the 3 or 5 road cycling package price are:

- Guiding by English-speaking KBC guides.
- SCOTT road bike.
- Helmet.
- Shimano SPD-SL, Look Keo, or MTB-SPD click pedals.
- Transfer from/to your accommodation.

Furthermore, all participants of our road cycling programs will receive a KRETA BIKE T-shirt free of charge valued at EUR 15,-