Balkan MTB Championships 2022 Xanthi

29 – 31 / 7 / 2022

The Cycling Union of Macedonia – Thrace, the Hellenic Cycling Federation, the Prefecture of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace, the Municipality of Xanthi and the Alter Bike Tours, would like to welcome you to the Balkan MTB Championships 2022, that are organized in the city of Xanthi.

Competition schedule

Friday 29 July 2022

Arrival of National Teams & Athletes – Arrangement in hotels in Xanthi.

  • 11:00 – 14:00 Registrations, distribution of Race numbers
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Registrations, distribution of Race numbers and training
  • 19:00 – 20:00 Team Managers’ meeting at Xanthi Prefecture building.

Saturday 30 July 2022

Balkan MTB Championships – Xanthi MTB Cup

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Training on the XCO course
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Cadets Girls XCO, Cadets Boys XCO
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Masters XCO
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Eliminator Women, Men, Juniors, Cadets, Masters – Qualifications
  • 18:00 – 19:30 Eliminator Women, Men, Juniors, Cadets, Masters – Finals
  • 21:00 Teams presentation and Award Ceremony in the central square

Sunday 31 July 2022

Balkan XCO Championships – UCI C2

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Women Juniors XCO, Men Juniors XCO
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Women Elite XCO, Men Elite/Under 23 XCO
  • 13:00 Award Ceremony


Xanthi – a small presentation

The noble Lady of Thrace

Amphitheatrically built on the foot of Rodopi mountain chain, Xanthi is located in the crossroads of the Black Sea and the Aegean, Europe and Asia. Whether you are a history or tradition fan, a lover of nature, a food specialist wanting to indulge in delicious local specialties and eastern type sweets, or even an entertainment addict seeking to experience the city’s vibrant night life, the region of Xanthi will definitely satisfy even the most demanding ones amongst you.

Kosynthos River divides the city into the west part, where the old and the modern town are located, and the east part, the “Samakov district”, that boasts a rich natural environment. Both parts still preserve their traditional flair, mesmerizing visitors with their nobility and magnificence.

The cobbled narrow streets of the Old Town are decorated by gorgeous mansions, whose architectural style is a marvelous blend of local and ottoman architecture as well as Greek Neoclassicism architectural style. Together with the Byzantine churches and the picturesque squares, the city’s Old Town could be said to be an open museum, the glory of which remains untouched through the years.

The modern part of the city boasts a beautiful square with a Clock and the renovated tobacco warehouses including the famous “Π’’, on Kapnergaton str., which took its name from the shape of the 1890’s edifices. Don’t forget to visit the flea market with its distinctive local flavor taking places every Saturday at Zoagoras Square!

Local Organizing Committee

Mr. Konstantinos KOURTIDIS Vice Governor of Xanthi Prefecture
Mr. Emmanouil TSEPELIS Mayor of Xanthi
Mr. Vasilis DIAMANTOPOULOS President of Hellenic Cycling Federation
Mr. Pavlos PAPADOPOULOS President of Cycling Union of Macedonia – Thrace

Race Organization

Mr. Konstantinos TSORTOUKSIDIS Head of the Organization
Mr. Afentoulis TSAKIRIDIS Event Coordinator
Mr. Eleftherios AKRITIDIS Technical Coordinator
Mrs Nantia FAKA Alter Bike Tours – Organization Liaison
Mr. Pantelis TZERTZEVELIS Media – Press officer

Contact persons are:
Mr. Afentoulis TSAKIRIDIS Event Coordinator, email:
Mrs Nantia FAKA Organization Liaison, email:

Accommodation and meals

For the Balkan Championships, the organizers will cover the accommodation for 2 nights (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July) in 2 hotels in the city of Xanthi for a total of 17 persons per delegation (14 athletes 1 team manager and 2 team members).
1. XANTHIPPION Hotel (map)
2. ELENA Hotel (map)

In case of any additional reservation, please contact the organizing committee for prizes and availability.

For the Balkan Championships, the organizers will offer the following meals for a total of 17 persons per delegation (14 athletes, 1 team manager and 2 team members):

Saturday 30/7 Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Sunday 31/7 Breakfast

Meals’ locations places will be announced later, while breakfasts will be served at the hotels.

The organizer cannot cover any accommodation or meals for Masters Category.
Special prizes can be arranged for Masters Category riders.


Race class, categories, entry fee, registration

The Balkan MTB Championships 2022 categories ME, WE, MJ and WJ are entered in the UCI calendar as UCI C2 category events.

UCI Class 2 XCO:
Men Elite/Under 23 XCO
Women Elite XCO
Men Juniors XCO
Women Juniors XCO

Additional races:
Cadets Boys (15 – 16 years old) XCO
Cadets Girls (15 – 16 years old) XCO

Xanthi MTB Cup:
Masters XCO
Women and Men Eliminator XCE

The races will be organized according to the UCI regulations.

Numbers of laps per category, will be announced on site by the commissaires panel.

UCI points scale will be applicable for the UCI C2 race categories.

UCI penalties scale will be the only applicable in the event.

UCI Prize Money will be applicable for the UCI C2 races.

UCI C2 races Entry Fee applicable for all C2 categories: 30 €

Nations can pay the entry fee directly to the following Hellenic Cycling Federation bank account:

Bank name: EUROBANK
IBAN: GR5802601530000020200654714

After doing the payment, please send the copy of the bank receipt to the Hellenic Cycling Federation email :

The same entry fee will be applicable also for Masters category.

Nearest hospital:
General Hospital of Xanthi
Address : Xanthi 671 00, Greece
Phone : +30 2541 351100


Course map and profile

Download the route in gpx format: Balkan_MTB_championship_route_

View the route on strava: