Kanellos Kanellopoulos was born in Vrachnika, Achaea on March 25th, 1957. He is a cycling champion and is considered as one of the best ever Greek cyclists. He was an athlete of the Patras Cycling Club from 1973 to 1993.
He is a 15-times Greek Champion on the road and track, 16 times Balkans Champion on road and track , team and individual (2 gold) and 2nd place at the Mediterranean Games in Casablanca. He has numerous victories in smaller competitions. He was a member of Hellas National Team from 1977 to 1993 with 530 participations. He represented Greece at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 with Elias Kelesidis in the 190.2 km Road Race but had to abandon due to a fall.
He was chosen as one of the five cyclists to make an experimental flight to demonstrate the potential of a human-powered aircraft. Thus on April 23, 1988 he flew a pedal-powered plane, the “Daedalus”, with a weight of 32 kilograms, starting from Heraklion, flying over the Aegean Sea, covering the route from the northern coasts of Crete to Thira (119 Km) in 3 hours and 54 minutes, This performance created a new world record of distance and flight duration with a plane powered by muscle, something similar to the wings used by the mythical Daedalus and Icarus. The event was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.