57th Cycling Ascent of Parnitha – in memory of Κostas Mitsakis
The 57th Cycling Ascent of Parnitha, which took place on the morning of the 21st of October 2018 was organized by club Hermes Markopoulou dedicated to the memory of the unforgettable Kostas Mitsakis.
This is a major bicycle race (17,2 Km of ascent) that, due to its historicity, attracts the interest and participation of many athletes, who are also in the most popular Greek cyclists.
The “Parnitha Ascension” was first realized in 1938 with Peter Leonides winner.
For cycling athletes, a 180°U-turns is always provocative and spectacular, but this one leads to an altitude of 1100 meters while enjoying the view of Athens from above.
Mount Parnitha is a densely forested mountain range north of Athens, the highest on the peninsula of Attica, with an elevation of 1,413 m, and a summit known as Karavola. Much of the mountain is designated a national park, and is a protected habitat for wildfowl, first created in 1961.