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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:18 +0300

Press Info 003: Mountain Bikers Prepare in Germany

NICOSIA, 8 May 2009 - The XIII Games of the Small States of Europe are close and the athletes’ preparations are in full swing. Six mountain bikers from a select Cyprus Team—Marios Athanasides, Vasilis Adamou, Michalis Kittas, Kyriakos Skettos, Georgios Fattas and Vladislav Neroznak—are already in Germany, along with team coach Eftychios Kasapis and team leader Michalis Hajioannou, to take part in the Mountain Βike race which is to take place in Frankfurt on Sunday, 10 May.

The team is expected back in Cyprus on Monday, where a decision will be made in the upcoming days on which six athletes will be called to the National Team for the GSSE.

The main reason behind the trip is to better prepare the bikers ahead of the Games. “We have had this race in our plans for quite some time in a bid to have the best preparation possible,” commented Kasapis. “We chose Germany because of the high level of the race—which is higher than the GSSE—and it will give the best possible competition for our athletes ahead of our own games.”

Kasapis was quick to clear that the current athletes were part of a select National Team and that they were not necessarily the athletes that would comprise the eventual GSSE team. “The team selection will be made once we return to Cyprus for both men women.”

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