'It was Purgatory': Cancer survivor rides 627km around Cyprus in a day

Alexandros Agrotis fought off fatigue to raise funds for thyroid cancer, which he had as a teenager

Alexandros Agrotis gives thumbs up after completing a lap of Cyprus
(Image credit: Alexandros Agrotis)

Israel Cycling Academy rider Alexandros Agrotis did what any of us would do after a 600km bike ride. He showered, ate a pizza and took himself off to bed.

“I didn’t even manage to get under the bed sheets,” the 24-year-old tells Cycling Weekly. “I slept on top of the bed. I was so tired. I woke up the next morning and was like ‘oh, how did this happen? At least I don’t have to make my bed.’”

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.