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Portugal Training Camp

Portugal Training Camp

Degree of difficulty - C

Cast away those winter blues and cycle in the sun.  Based in a quality 4 star hotel situated near the old town and main beach.    You will be accompanied by our own Aidan Ryan,  a level 3 coach and a physical education degree holder.   Aidan has coached riders from beginners to European Championship level.

Below is an outline of our cycling programme which, from experience, works well for most. However, routes can be altered to suit different groups, varying pace, distance and climbs according to ability. Plus, for those who opt to take part in the Algarve Granfondo, we will most likely juggle the rides around a little to ensure you are prepared for the challenge on the last day. For this reason, it’s important you tell us when you sign up if you wish to take part or not (deadline for registration is 31st January, 2017).
Note :- Clients wishing to arrive a day or two earlier or leave a day or two later can be accommodated, please contact us for price confirmation

Monday: Arrival
Upon your arrival in the Algarve, we will transfer to your hotel accommodation in the lively fishing town of Albufeira. We recommend you plan to arrive Monday, allowing you to join all of our 5 guided tours during the week starting Tuesday.

Tuesday: Albufeira – Silves: 75 km
Your first ride is designed so that you can experience true Algarvean countryside as we negotiate our way towards Silves, once the Moorish capital of the Algarve. It’s the perfect spot for a break before we climb up to the castle, where we will enjoy stunning countryside views. From Silves we loop back, taking in the spectacular Arade Reservoir, before continuing through sleepy villages and orange groves towards home.

Wednesday: Albufeira – Malhão: 90 km
Taking yesterday’s experience one step further, we will head into the central Caldeirão hills and join a classic training route up to the Alto de Malhão. It is a fairly long climb of 2500 metres and will test your fitness, but you will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you have completed an important stage in the pro Tour of Algarve!

Thursday: Albufeira – Querença: 101 km
This is a day to fully appreciate road cycling in the ‘real’ Algarve. Starting from Albufeira you will cycle inland to Tor, a traditional rural village that remains largely unchanged, Gently cruising on low traffic, good quality roads it’s a picturesque circuit, avoiding major climbs and clocking up plenty of kilometres.

Friday: Albufeira – Foía: 134 km
Foía is the Algarve’s highest peak (902 mtrs) situated in the Monchique mountain range. The southern and northern ascent of the Monchique slopes offers several route possibilities, with varied distances and altitude. We also have different options for your return to the coast, with routes between 100 and 160 kms. Whichever route we take, we can expect some spectacular views and contrasting scenery.

Saturday: Albufeira – Ferragudo: 65 km
Today’s ride will be a more leisurely exploration of the pretty coastal scenery West of Albufeira. We will cycle through Armação de Pêra, Benagil, Carvoeiro and on towards Ferragudo, a pretty village on the eastern bank of the Arade river. From here we will travel inland to the historical town of Silves, before returning to Albufeira along traffic calmed roads in the picturesque countryside.

Sunday: Free Programme or Algarve Granfondo 2016
The perfect end to your week’s riding…take part in the established Algarve Granfondo*, a race of 135km, or the Mediofondo, a race of 83km. Some of Portugal’s top cyclists will be taking part, so you will be in good company as you tackle these challenging routes. If you think you have done your fair share of cycling, though, you can always sit back and watch the final stage and podium of the pro Volta ao Algarve, where you will see some of the top riders in the world and can pick up some final tips before your journey home!

*This is an optional end to your week’s training. If you prefer, you can spend this last day at leisure (there are plenty of activities available locally) or, if you opted for bike hire with us, the use of your top quality carbon fibre bike is included for today. So you can take the opportunity to re-visit some of your favourite places, ending your week’s cycling in the Algarve.

Monday: Departure
We will transfer you from your hotel for your journey home.

€785.00 per person sharing
€950.00 singe occupancy

Plus Bike Hire: €165 for full carbon road bike

Tour Includes

7 x Nights Accommodation in 4 star Hotel (twin sharing basis) including Breakfast
1 x entry to the Gran Fondo on Sunday 20th February
Transfer to/from Faro airport (based upon Dublin flight)
5 x guided rides
Expert coaching provided by Aidan Ryan each day
Limited numbers to ensure high level of personal coaching

Bike Hire: 165 euro for full carbon road bike

Prices are available to partners who would like to join and relax in the hotel for the week

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

13-February,

Self Guided Tour Information

This trip is not available on a self guided basis

We are staying in Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa

The hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa is located in broad town of Albufeira, near the Fisherman beach (Praia dos Pescadores). It is an excellent choice for those looking for entertainment, outdoor activities and even shopping.

This Hotel in Albufeira offers 310 modern rooms and spacious suites, one English-pub-style themed bar, one restaurant, two outdoor pools with support bar, a health club with an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, massage rooms and gym. Internet access is free of charge throughout the entire hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa and entertainment is guaranteed for the whole family.

Besides the irresistible beaches of Albufeira and the lively streets of this Algarve town, the location of this hotel in Albufeira allows for an easy access to theme parks such as Zoomarine, Aqualand and Aquashow


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