The Race

Pushing Boundaries, Building Dreams

IG Cycling THERMO2024, organized by INTERUNITY GROUP and IG CYCLING, is a cycling event set in the heart of Greece. It’s a platform for cycling enthusiasts, especially within the shipping community, to experience the thrill of racing in different formats. The first edition of this challenging touring race has two routes to choose from and is set to take place in the picturesque Southern Pindos mountains. Starting from the village of Thermo, the routes of 83 and 163km reach summits of about 1400 meters. The race is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 1st, 2024, just before the POSIDONIA exhibition.

IG CYCLING and its team consist of individuals with large technical and organizational experience for similar events in Greece and abroad. Our aim is to promote Greece, its beautiful countryside, its people and hospitality and provide the best of services to all participants with standards equal to similar touring races held all over Europe.

At a glance

The location

01.06.2024

1st IG Cycling event @THERMO

Pushing Boundaries
Building Dreams

Route options

A unique experience for fans and friends to team up in different race formats around Greece. 

Transportation, technical, photos, food, beer, the place, the company… you only need to train those legs and join THERMO2024!

There is an initial registration limit of participants combined for both routes. Depending on demand more places may be allocated.

It is a demanding course over 163km and about 3.818 meters of elevation gain starting from the village of Thermo, reaching summits of about 1400mts altitude within the Pindos mountains of central Greece.

Rules for the Ride

PARTICIPATION

  • Someone is considered to have completed the race without external assistance and vehicle accompaniment.
  • To win the uphill sprints one must finish the race.
  • Each rider is responsible for the chip on their bike.
  • The cyclist must hold the handlebars with both hands and at least one in some cases.
  • The right-hand driving requirement applies along the entire route.
  • Traffic Rules always to be observed.
  • The instructions of the organizers must be followed.
  • Women and Men over the age of 18 can take part in the race.

EQUIPMENT

  • Road bicycles, mountain bicycles, tandems and electric bicycles with max 25km/hour speed are permitted.
  • Electric bikes are entered out of competition for the final winners.
  • The bicycle must have at least one bicycle water bottle.
  • The cyclist must carry a tire repair kit.
  • A helmet is mandatory.
  • A rear light is recommended.
  • Only closed sports or cycling shoes are allowed.
  • The use of playback devices, radio, headphones, earphones is prohibited.
  • The use of mobile phones and cameras is only permitted when stopped.
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This is the light version of 83km and about 2000 meters of elevation gain starting from the village of Thermo, reaching summits of about 1400mts altitude within the Pindos mountains of central Greece.

Rules for the Ride

PARTICIPATION

  • Someone is considered to have completed the race without external assistance and vehicle accompaniment.
  • To win the uphill sprints one must finish the race.
  • Each rider is responsible for the chip on their bike.
  • The cyclist must hold the handlebars with both hands and at least one in some cases.
  • The right-hand driving requirement applies along the entire route.
  • Traffic Rules always to be observed.
  • The instructions of the organizers must be followed.
  • Women and Men over the age of 18 can take part in the race.

EQUIPMENT

  • Road bicycles, mountain bicycles, tandems and electric bicycles with max 25km/hour speed are permitted.
  • Electric bikes are entered out of competition for the final winners.
  • The bicycle must have at least one bicycle water bottle.
  • The cyclist must carry a tire repair kit.
  • A helmet is mandatory.
  • A rear light is recommended.
  • Only closed sports or cycling shoes are allowed.
  • The use of playback devices, radio, headphones, earphones is prohibited.
  • The use of mobile phones and cameras is only permitted when stopped.
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Organization, transportation, technical, photos, food, beer, the place, the company, are all taken good care of. You only need to train those legs and join THERMO2024! 

There is an initial registration limit of participants combined for both routes. Depending on demand more places may be allocated. There will only be a symbolic entry fee that will all be donated.

The donation will be enhanced by the sponsors of the event. The details about the donation will be announced in due course.

All participants must present a medical certificate issued in 2024.

Race package includes

  • Race Trikot
  • Feeding stations
  • Timing
  • Starting numbers
  • Route signaling
  • Photographs
  • Dinner arrangements for both days 31.5 and 1.6.2024
  • Service support
  • Transportation for participants and bicycles to/from the event
  • Finisher medal
  • Finisher beer
  • Special gifts
  • Ambulance support

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Volunteer Registration

Be a part of our event by volunteering! Assistance is required at junction points, feeding stations, and other key areas.

Information

Accommodation Info

Upon each participant registration, the organization will contact them regarding hotel booking arrangements.

Frequently asked questions

The start and finish will be in the THERMO in central Greece. It is about 255km WNW from Athens.

A bus with special trailer for all the bicycles will be commissioned by the organizers and will transfer all participants to and back from the event.

On Friday 31.5.2024 09:30 am our bus and truck will be waiting for athletes and bicycles who want to use our free transport to Thermo, and on Sunday afternoon back to Athens.

The meeting point will be the parking of the “FIX” Metro station in Athens.

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Each bicycle will be given a tag to be attached onto the carrying bag or bicycle, with same number as your start number for the race.

Mr. Haris Daifas will be the responsible volunteer on site to assist you in the onboarding process.

Please note that the bus and truck will depart for Thermo at 10:15 am, so please be there on time!

Yes! You can ride with your e-bike or mountain bike.

E-bikes must have a motor with speed no more than 25km/hour.

E-bikes are entered out of competition for the final winners.

There is an initial registration limit of participants combined for both routes. Depending on demand more places may be allocated.

IG-Cycling THERMO2024 and Athens Bike Rental powered by Top Cycles are pleased to announce our collaboration to assist you with your bike rental needs.

We are excited to offer a premium road bikes lineup, through Athens Bike Rental. For a fixed 3-day rental period, the cost is €200, which includes a helmet, pedals, and a flat tire service kit along with a pump.

To ensure a seamless experience, your bike will be delivered at the expo/registration area (Top Cycles Kiosk) starting from May 31st, approximately at 17:00 and will be collected from the same location on Sunday, June 2nd immediately after the event.

If you have any specific preferences or special requests, please feel free to share them with our team, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Place your request by sending an email hello@athensbikerental.gr and make sure you include your height and specific pedal preference.

Additionally, stay tuned for exclusive sales on premium bikes from Scott and Pinarello – with more details coming soon!

Escort and assistance cars, kindly provided by LEXUS will support the participants along the route.

Escort bikes as well.

The weekend before the POSIDONIA. It will be Saturday 1.6.2024.

Start time 08:00 with a cutoff time at 19:00. At that time, the special support cars will assist the last participants complete their effort, if needed.

Participants can arrive the day before with own cars or the bus commissioned by the organizers.

Scheduled departure back to Athens on Sunday 2.6.2024.

After all participants have safely returned from the ride, we will all enjoy dinner together.

There will be feeding zones at the start and along the route. Fruits, power bars, gels, juices, snacks, coffee and water will be provided.

 

 

There will be service support at the start and along the route.

Participants who will bring their own bicycles from abroad will be able to have their bikes unboxed and setup before the event and properly setup, boxed and ready for air-travel after the event.

There will be official timing for the event and participants will receive a suitable timing chip before the start.

The chip need not be returned after the race.

Photography/video coverage from a professional photographer.

Our sponsored athlete and certified trainer Mr. Ioannis Papanikolaou can provide training support to everyone requiring it for better preparation for the event.

Contact details will be provided upon request and participants will be offered a special discount.

Mr. Papanikolaou recently took part and successfully completed TCR#9 a self-supported endurance race through Europe of more than 4000km.

Schedule

Friday 31.05.2024

  • 13:30: Arrival of Athletes and Attendants
  • 14:30-20:00: Bike assembly
  • 16:00-20:00: Registration & Collection of Athlete Equipment (Chip, Number, T-shirt, etc.)
  • 18:00-19:00: Technical Presentation of the Race
  • 19:30: Dinner at Thermios Apollon Hotel

Saturday 1.6.2024

  • Starting at 05:00, breakfast will be available at Thermios Apollon Hotel. Guests not staying at Thermios Apollon Hotel can also have breakfast at the hotel for a charge of 8 € per person.
  • 06:30: Opening of the Secretariat & Technical Inspection of Bicycles
  • 07:00-07:30: Signatures of Athletes
  • 08:00: Start of the Race for the 83km
  • 08:15: Start of the Race for the 163km
  • 09:00-09:30: Bike Ride for Kids – Kidical Mass Greece
  • 14:00 – 20:00 Preparing Bikes for Packing
  • 19:00: Last Finish
  • 19:30: Awards Ceremony
  • 20:30: Dinner at Althaia Hotel

Sunday 2.6.2024

Departure. Detailed information will be given depending on the departure time of the buses.

Dear participants, 

THERMO2024 safety team was in Thermo on Monday May 6th to review the condition of the road in the long route.

Notwithstanding the acceptable condition two and a half months ago when our team last inspected, the condition after the winter bad weather and recent landslides is unfortunately neither good nor safe for the riders.

THERMO2024 safety committee and local authorities have therefore decided that the route of 163km cannot be done, and instead the riders will have to tackle the “short” one twice.

Finisher Medals 

We are able to offer you a personalized laser engraving of your name and finisher time.
The cost is EUR 12.

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REGISTRATION CLOSED

April 1st, 2024

@ 11:59 pm EEST​

Thank you all for participating.
See you all on 1st of June!

Dear participants

THERMO2024 safety team was in Thermo on Monday May 6th to review the condition of the road in the long route.

Notwithstanding the acceptable condition two and a half months ago when our team last inspected, the condition after the winter bad weather and recent landslides is unfortunately
neither good nor safe for the riders.

THERMO2024 safety committee and local authorities have therefore decided that the route of 163km cannot be done, and instead the riders will have to tackle the “short” one twice.