21, 24 & 25 February
Ever since the team’s inception Loutraki has been the host of our winter preparation. Always under ideal weather and on good roads, the riders of the Academy have tested themselves through the parcours of that Greek training paradise, and now we offer you the chance to do it as well. This event has it all, from a fast and tricky Criterium in the Athens Circuit to the Loutraki Challenge, designed by our Performance Manager and Loutraki Expert Vasilis Anastopoulos, that will include a 70 km road race followed by an uphill time trial the following day that will crown the overall winner of each category (Juniors, Elite, Masters, Womens). To participate in the Loutraki Challenge and the GP Athens Circuit, join us in Loutraki for your pre season training camp.
The 2nd edition of this race, the first having taken place early on in 2017. This takes place on the Athens Circuit Megara, usually the host of various motor sports but in our case, it will be our bikes that will motor over the tarmac. The Circuit consists of 29 laps of the flat 2.1 kilometre racing circuit for just over 60 kilometres of a high paced and thrilling race. Vasilis Anastopoulos: “It will be a fast and furious training race around a motor sport track which will give the opportunity to the riders to speed up their legs before the weekend races“.
The Challenge consists of two races organised as a tour. At the end, there will be the classification winner that takes the Loutraki Challenge 2018.
Stage 1 – Road Race
The first race will be a hilly road race. You start from the centre of the city of Loutraki, The course will take you to a circuit of 13 km which will be covered 4 times for Elite and Juniors and 3 times for Masters and Women categories. This will be a very challenging circuit for the early part of the season gaining 2000m elevation in just 70km, taking you over the local mountain Vasilis Anastopoulos: This one will be the longest race in duration, which will be done in a very demanding course. The Elite riders will need almost 3 hrs to complete the 70 km of the race and they will cover almost 2000 meters of altitude difference during the race. In reality there is not even one meter of flat section during the course as its going either up or down. Its a hard but beautiful course next to the sea which passes through some nice olive trees and there will be a battle between the pure climbers and the classic riders for the win. A rider who can ride his bike fast not only uphill but also downhill will be the winner of this one!”.
Stage 2 – Time trial
The second and final race of the Loutraki Challenge. After the arduous race of the day before, this time trial will see what you have left in the tank. With slopes rising to 15% on a course of less than 9 kilometers, this uphill time-trial is short but intense. At the end of your fierce effort and having completely emptied your energy reserves you will be greeted by the splendid Osiou Patapiou Monastery at the finish. After this final effort, the winner of the Loutraki Challenge by general classification will be known. With leaving the next day you will still be able to make a comfortable recovery ride afterwards to enjoy Loutraki’s roads one last time.
Vasilis Anastopoulos: “A day devoted to the guys who can push themselves beyond their limits and who excel in the race against the clock. Obviously the climbers and the time trialists have a big advantage there. After 1 km of a rolling section the riders will start climbing and they will face sections where the grade goes up to 15% for a while before finishing the race outside the monastery of Osios Patapios where the view of the Corinthian sea is astonishing”.
To participate in the Loutraki Challenge and the GP Athens Circuit, join us in Loutraki for your pre season training camp: www.segracing.com/loutraki