REGISTRATION FEE: £100 (non-refundable)
MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP: £1,000 (£500 by the 24 Jan 2019)
This exhilarating ride covers approximately 210 miles from the Lisbon district of Costa da Caparica, to the former tranquil fishing village of Albuferia on the Algarve coast. A picturesque event that will take you from the stunning terrain of the Arrabida National Park, along the coastal routes of the Atlantic Ocean and across the foothills of the beautiful Algarve.
ITINERARY: Portugal Spring Cycle Challenge – 21 to 25 Mar 19
Day 1 , Thu 21 March – Arrival in Lisbon District (Costa da Caparica)
On arrival in Lisbon, you can check into your hotel in the Lisbon district of Costa da Caparica and have the option to explore the amazing sights Lisbon city centre has to offer (flight-times dependent). You will be greeted with Chapeau crew at registration who will provide all the details you need for your first days cycling. Your bikes will have arrived safely in advance and will be ready and waiting for you to start your challenge.
Day 2, Fri 22 March – Costa da Caparica to Santo Andre
Approximate cycling distance 119km (74 miles)
Our challenge begins after breakfast, as we leave our hotel situated on the longest beach in the Lisbon area. Heading south towards the hills of the Parque Natural da Arrabida, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continuing on we cycle towards the city of Setubal, where a short ferry crossing directs to the unspoilt Troia Peninsula. Following the coastal road, we head through some truly sublime cycling country with relatively flat terrain, as our views stretch out across the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. After taking in all those scenic views we head for the beautiful city of Santo Andre, our stop for the night and is actually one of the youngest cities in the world! The accommodation for this evening boasts the largest eco friendly hotel in Portugal.
Day 3, Sat 23 March – Santo Andre to Sao Teotonio
Approximate cycling distance 108km (67 miles)
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off continuing our journey southbound following the coastline on another day of relatively flat terrain and amazing coastal views. Whether you choose to rack up those speeds for a personal best, or meander along and savour those amazing views, the choice is yours. We continue on our travels cycling through the Portuguese towns of Sines and Porto Covo and then onto Vila Nova. We continue along the coast as the terrain becomes a little more undulating, before finally heading inland to our stop for the night, Sao Teotonio. The hotel tonight boasts the most relaxed atmosphere and tranquil views, with its ultra modern complex, spa and infinity pool…all for your leisure.
Day 4, Sun 24 March – Sao Teotonio to Albuferia
Approximate cycling distance 111km (69 miles)
After breakfast we head off towards one of Portugal’s 7 wonders, the stunning beach and cove at Odeceixe. Having stopped for photo opportunities and a first coffee of the day, we then cycle further south to our first water stop of the day at Aljezur. Late morning we head up into the foothills of the Algarve, leaving the coast behind as we head inland to the medieval castle town of Silves, with it’s cafes and bars, a perfect place to take those souvenir photos! From Silves it is then pretty much downhill all the way to the party town of Albuferia and the celebrations to come!
Day 5, Mon 25 March – Departure Day
After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to continue with your onward arrangements whether homeward bound or enjoying the amazing delights that Albuferia has to offer.
This event is fully supported by Chapeau Events who reserve the right to change the the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate
• Full bike transport from the UK and back, if required.
• Four nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis based on twin share
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Water stops
• Flights and transfers both inbound and out bound
• Lunches and Evening meals, giving you the freedom to explore. Recommended meal stops will be provided
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Remember to allow extra money for meals, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.