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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.

Sunday 11th February : 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 Sunday, allowing you to join all of our 5 guided tours during the week starting Monday.

Please note the routes outlined below are by way of example and are subject to alteration.

Monday 12th February : 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.

Tuesday 13th February : 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!

Wednesday 14th February : 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.

Thursday 15th February : 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.

Friday 16th : 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.

Saturday 17th : Free Programme or Algarve Granfondo 2018
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.

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

2018 Tour Price:
€775.00 per person sharing

Bike Hire: €165 for full carbon road bike

Tour Includes

• 7 Nights Accommodation in 4 star accommodation (Bed and breakfast basis)
• 5 days guided cycling in groups suitable to your level on scenic quiet roads
• Grand Fondo – Medio Fondo – Mini Fondo + Volta ao Algarve Pro race viewing
• Airport Transfers
• Grand Fondo Registration, entry and associated transfers

Bike Hire: 165 euro for full carbon road bike

Non Cyclists more than welcome to come along! ( from €450.00 per person )
• 7 Nights Accommodation in 4 star accommodation (Bed and breakfast basis)
• Airport Transfers

Self Guided Tour Information

This trip is not available on a self guided basis

You will stay in Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa

The hotel Vila Galé Cerro Alagoa is located in the 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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