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Women’s Road Bike Training Week 12th to 19th March 2017

Activity: One centre, guided
Date: 12th to 19th March
Bike type: Road bike
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate
Accommodation: 4 star hotel
Daily Average: 95 km
Price: From c. €580

Cycling in the sun with like-minded people could be the perfect way to kick off your 2017 summer season and so, by popular demand, we have introduced this ‘women only’ training week. With five superb guided circuits, we aim to challenge and motivate you, but strike a sensible balance between work and pleasure, as we introduce you to the beautiful Algarve countryside and its friendly and hospitable ways.

 

Each day will bring something new as you clock up the kilometres in a series of rides that are designed to challenge you and increase your confidence. And there will be plenty of time to recover from your day’s cycling, as your quality 4 star hotel features 2 outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, gym, hydro massage and sauna. Based near the old town and main beach of Albufeira, you are within walking distance of many restaurants, where you can sample the local specialities, many of which are surprisingly healthy!

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Women’s Road Bike Training Week 12th to 19th March 2017

Below is an outline of our cycling programme which, from experience, works well for most. However, the beauty of cycling in the Algarve is that the landscape provides plenty of flexibility. So we can adapt our daily routes to suit different groups, varying the pace, distance and climbs according to ability or preference.

Sunday: 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 Monday.

Monday: Albufeira – Silves: 75 km

This 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: Albufeira – Benafim: 83 km

Today’s route takes you inland to Benafim, a small town set amongst rolling hills and countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of the traditional tourist resorts. It is a little more challenging, but you are rewarded with superb views of the surrounding area, as well as the chance to savour the peace and quiet of agricultural life, amidst lush fields and cultivated farmland.

 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: 100 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: Free Programme 

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.

Prices

Prices

March 12th-19th  c. €580  INCLUDED:

  • 5 guided tours
  • Daily briefing and route documentation
  • B&B stay in 4 star hotel
  • Route assistance where necessary
  • Airport transfers
  • Cycling jersey
  • Water bottle
  • 1 bottle isotonic drink and energy bar daily
  • Secure bike storage
  • Bike washing and maintenance facilities

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Bike hire
  • Holiday insurance – recommended.
  • Prices are per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room on a B&B basis (breakfast  included).
  • Registration for the training weeks is open for individual cyclists.
  • We can organise a cycling week with a similar set up all year round for groups with a minimum of 4 participants. Please view the Road Bike holiday section of this website.

EXTRAS:

  • Additional nights’ accommodation available on request.
  • Hire of a top quality road bike, full carbon fibre frame, Shimano 105 equipped, per week,  €165
  • Cyclist massages (these need to be booked the day before) €25
  • Safety helmet, €12 euro per week (we suggest you bring your own)
  • A choice of pedals, €18 euro per week (we suggest you bring your own)
  • Extra Isotonic, energy and recovery powders/drinks and energy bars available

Note: non-cycling partners are most welcome, at a price of €430pp, including hotel and transfers.