Algarve Cycling Tours was started last year when we team up with a highly respected bike hire company in the Algarve. What started out as bike hire has slowly become assisted cycling tours.
Over the last 12 months we have assisted Canadians, Americans, English and last week the Welsh boys. Previous trips have been on mountain bikes and cycling along the coast line and countryside. The Via Algarviana is also very popular with dozens of different routes!
The guys from Gwalchmai CC however wished to use carbon road bikes for their Algarve warm weather riding so some of those routes were not suitable.
We met the guys at Faro Airport to deliver the bikes and collect their luggage. They then cycled from the Faro Airport to Vila Real Santo Antonio on the Spanish boarder. This was approximately 60kms.
When The Going Gets Tough!
After using the EN125 for that trip the guys decided they wanted something a little quieter and scenic. I told them it could be done but would be “a little more hilly”. After completing this trip they nicknamed me Porkie Pie Pete as its seems it was hillier than I suggested 🙂
They covered an impressive 133kms that day. Taking in Tavira, cutting across to Sao Bras de Alportel, Salir, Alte (Stop for lunch), Messines, Silves and then to Portimao.
Whilst all that was going on I had taken the luggage from VRSA to Portimao and then went home to jump on my own bike. I met the guys between Messines and Silves and guided them in via some back routes to Portimao marina.
Day 3 saw them cycling down to Praia da Luz just to keep the legs loose as the following day we had “the climb”.
Day 4 saw me joining the guys again. This time to cycle up to the highest point in the Algarve known as Foia. The round trip ride was just under 80kms, but the climb (only around 15km in total) was over 3,300ft and in hot temperatures.
Everybody took it at their own pace but every rider managed to make it to the top. There was only a gap of around 7 minutes from first to last. At the top we took in the views before heading back down to Monchique for a traditional Piri Piri lunch.
The boys had a great time and are already talking about new routes for next year. If you think we can help you plan your Algarve Cycling Tour routes, hotels, luggage transfers or bike hire then hit the contact us button above.