Type of Bike Ride: Circuit; high points up to 370m
Distance: 20 km/12.4 mi
Time/Hours: Full day
Grade: Very hard (heat, section of route is track only)
Highlights: Scenic views, Iliana and Bikeli-Pala villages, Bikeli hot springs (visible in low tide), looking down on reefs, village gardens and traditional fishing.
Description: Bike north along the road (very short distance) and immediately after Barry’s Place turn left at intersection. Follow road inland and uphill, long climb around 300m on dirt road (steep in sections). Near the top of the intersection, turn right and continue uphill in the northern direction. As you reach the top, the gradient becomes less steep and then starts to descend slightly. Keep following the road (past the turn-offs to Adara and Doro). The road then curls around the back (west side) of Iliana village before heading eastwards towards Bikeli hot water springs on the coast. This stretch is very little-travelled, is rough and has a high point of around 370m. Upon reaching the coast. turn right and head south on the road through Bikeli-Pala back to Beloi. Road condition varies with season but is challenging – some steep sections and likely to have to carry/push your bike at times.
Equipment/Footwear: Mountain bikes and gear (own equipment).
Other: Only suitable for very experienced riders; morning departure definitely recommended to beat the heat.