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Tour of Daphne

Tour of Daphne

August 31 2019
Valley of Tempi, Greece

«Cycling Hellas» and the Cycling Sports Club PINEIOS, with co-organizers: the Region of Thessaly, the Region of Central Greece, the Municipality of Tempi, the Municipality of Delphi and with the supporters: the Cultural Association Dryas, the Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa, the National Emergency Center of Central Greece, the Municipality of Larissa, the Municipality of Farsala, the Municipality of Domokos, the Municipality of Lamia and the Municipality of Gravia, on Saturday 31 of August, carry out the innovative cycling event with the denomination «3rd Tour of Daphne - Cyclosportive - Μythical event».

The cycling event takes place under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism of Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports and the Greek National Tourism Organization. “Tour of Daphne” unites history, mythology, culture and sports!

Τhe aim is to develop the athletic, recreational and cultural tourism in our country. In parallel to develop mass sports and cycling in one hand, and on the other to touristically develop the areas implicated and designate the cultural, historical elements and local products.

“Tour of Daphne” is an innovative and leading cycling event in Greece. It is directly connected to the Greek mythology and history, which, it is well known around the world! It is addressed to the enthusiasts of long distance cycling, and to the fans of the history of Greece!

Τhe Cyclosportive - Mythical event of 230 kilometres revives the myth of Apollo and Daphne! The cyclists follow the traces of God Apollo.. They start off the Valley of Tempi – the Spring of Daphne, just like the old pilgrims, and they carry laurel branches all the way to the Oracle of Delphi. Along the way they pass through different cities promoting the history of each place. They set off from the Valley of Tempi (Spring of Daphne), they move on to Larissa (Ancient Theatre, Hippocrates’s statue), to Farsala (Achilles – Thetida Statue), to Domokos, to Lamia (At. Diakos statue), to Gravia (Chani of Gravia) and they finish at the Oracle of Delphi (the core of the earth), where the cyclists lay the laurel branches in the Archaeological area that they have been carrying all the way...!

The whole event is closely connected with the Greek mythology and history, which is widely known and presents great interest as much in Europe, as in the rest of the world.

The History

The myth refers to the unfulfilled first love of the god Apollo with the beautiful nymph Daphne, as it was the revenge of young Eros to Apollo. Eros has been frustrated with Apollo who mocked him that he could not throw his arrows far. The God of Love to punish Apollo sent a golden arrow of love with a diamond tip, and another from iron with lead tip that expels love from the heart!

Thus, Apollo fell madly in love with Daphne, Pineios’ (the river God with the same name) and Gaia’s (in Greek means earth and pre-existed with Chaos and God Eros) daughter .She was one of the Nyphs found on the side of his sister Artemis. Each day he hunted her in the woods and expressed his feelings. But the young women did not succumb to his charm.

After a frantic chase and adventures, the moment that the nymph exhausted would fall in the god’s arms, with a cry of desperation asked from her father, the river Pineios, to help her. Her father transformed her to a plant, the laurel, which is found in abundance in the valley, when Apollo tried to embrace her. Thus she was found all green and shiny in the banks of the river with her feet deeply rooted in her mother, mother Earth. Her hands became branches and her hair scented leaves. Apollo bitter, cut a branch, wove a wreath and wore it to alleviate his grief for the loss of his love. He swore that the bushy “daphne” (laurel) would be the sacred tree and he would forever wear a laurel wreath. Since then laurel is the sacred plant of god Apollo, and became a synonym for peace and was used to crown the winners of athletic games.

The pilgrims crowned with laurel, after the lustration and rituals, began in procession from the temple of Apollo in Tempi for Delphi, as the god himself did, by transferring the laurels to Delphi from the valley of Tempi. In the rituals that took place in Delphi to honour the god Apollo, the use of the laurel was to honour and commemorate the mythical nymph with the same name Daphne that the god had fallen in love with.

The myth explains and justifies the relation of the plant with the prophecies of the Oracle of Delphi. According to the tradition, the oracle of Apollo listened to the rustle of the laurel leaves, Pythia herself, chewed laurel leaves or inhaled the smoke from burning laurel leaves in order to fall in ecstasy and give her prophecies, while the temple was swept with laurel bundles.

The Pythian Games were festive games in Ancient Greece that took place in Delphi to honour god Apollo. They had a panhellenic ( Greek National) range and constituted the most important event after the Olympic Games. They included music and sports competitions. The winners of the Pythian games were crowned with laurel leaves.

In the same footsteps of god Apollo, the cyclists will begin from the spring of Daphne and like the ancient pilgrims will head towards Delphi currying laurels from the valley of Tempi and will deposit to the Oracle.


Date: Saturday 31 of August 2019

Start: Valley of Tempi- Daphne Springs

Start time: 7:30 am

Finish: The Oracle of Delphi. Deposit of laurel branches.

Course: 230 kilometres. Tempi, Evaggelismos, Makrychori, Larissa, Farsala, Domokos, Lamia, Gravia, Amphissa, Oracle of Delphi.

Route Duration: about 9-14 hours.

Level of difficulty: moderate. Average to good physical condition is necessary.

Ages: Participants older than 18years old

Registration ends: On May 31. With your participation you contribute to the revival of history...!!!


The declaration, the entry form and all the details of “Tour of Daphne” have been posted on:

The company Cyclinghellas has undertaken the coordination of the event,

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Tour of Daphne


Routes: 230km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Start Times / Itinerary


Friday August 30:

In the night at 20.00am take place the Course Technical Briefing. Visitors are informed  for all the details about the Tour.

Saturday :

On Saturday morning at 6.00 am, a bus brings all participants from their hotels to the start-up area.

Start: Valley of Tempi-  Daphne Springs -

Start time: 7:30 am

Route Duration: about 9-14 hours.

Finish: The Oracle of Delphi. Deposit of laurel branches.

After the finish all the participants enjoy a Greek Music Night  with Greek meal & the award ceremony!


In the morning, all the participants gather so as to enjoy a guide tour in the Archaeological area of ancient Delphi.


120 euros

What's Included?

Full organization from Cyclinghellas.
The entry to  " 3rd Tour of Daphne" -Cyclosportive Mythical Event 230.
Technical Briefing for the route at the start area.
Commemorating medal for for all finishers with the event details.
Commemorating diploma for all finishers with the event details.
The race number as commemoration.
Water at the six feeding stations along the route.
Food (energy bars,dry fruit,fruit,sweetsdairy products,baked goods,sandwiches,juices) at the five feeding stations along the route.
Buffet with food at the end for all finishers.
Provision of medical support during the route (ambulance).
Mechanical support Service in the stations (Domokos, Lamia, Gravia).
Insurance coverage for personal accident during the cycling event.
Guide tour along the tour.
Van or bus for campanions-friends of yours.
Broom wagon ( in the route and at the end of tour)
Number stickers for the luggage and transportation from the start to the finish point.
Awards ceremony, night celebration with Greek food, music and songs.
The meal to the ceremony.
Tour in the Archaeological areas of Delphi.
The ticket for the Archaeological Museum.
Shortsleeve cycling jersey with Tour of Daphne and Cyclinghellas logos.
Cycling bandana with Cyclinghellas logos.
Information about the arrival and the departure.
Digital photo-album
Digital videoclip.
The Value Added Tax.



Packet Pickups

On Saturday morning at 6.00 am, a bus brings all participants from their hotels to the start-up area.


Prize / Race Categories


A commemorating diploma and medal with the details of the event will be awarded to all the athletes who finish at the Archaeological area of Delphi.

After the finish all the participants enjoy a Greek Music Night  with Greek meal & the award ceremony!



Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
Strava KOM
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
One Hill Climb
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Valley of Tempi, Greece
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Aug 31 2019 - EVENT: Tour of Daphne