Vicious Cycles Athens in Psirri and the Handlebar next door are a mecca for cyclists of all stripes. Here you can get a feel for the city's vibrant scene. It's the best place to find out about cycling events, from road and mountain bike races to alleycats (where cyclists race one-another between checkpoints on city streets while avoiding traffic) and, of course, raucous street parties.
While the heat and the hills might be off-putting for some and the behaviour of Greek drivers frequently leaves a lot to be desired, for those in the know, Athens provides one of the most diverse offerings for cyclists anywhere in Europe. Where else could you finish work, summit a 1,000 metre peak, and cool off with a swim in the rejuvenating open sea, all before darkness falls? Athens might just be the cycling scene’s best kept secret.