Ride Across Portugal 2020

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2020 Event

Eleven Day Fully Catered Tour

Starting and Concluding in Lisbon:

Friday 15 May to Monday 25 May 2020

 

Six Day Event:

Monday 18 May to Saturday 23 May 2020

 

Total for the Six Stages for Ride Across Portugal 2020 

 

  • Total kilometres 780km 
    • Total ascent 11,900m

 

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In 2020 We Will Have Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour 

 

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twowheeltours  is once again offering a fully catered tour in combination with Ride Across Portugal.

 

2020 will see the event take place for the fourth year, twowheeltours has been involved at the great event since its inception back in 2017.

  

In 2020 the Ride Across Portugal will start in the North of Portugal and wind its way South to finish in the Algarve. Riders can expect mountains, hills, flat stages and also classic villages during the six day event. At the fantastic rest stops and at the well-catered for dinners, they will sample many of the delights of food and wine along the way. 

 

Riders will pass through the UNESCO Douro Valley and the beautiful city of Evora, they will also cross many of Portugal's beautiful rivers and water-ways. We cannot wait to traverse this amazing country through some of the most iconic cities, towns and villages of Portugal. 

 

twowheeltours will start and conclude the tour in the magical city of Lisbon. While there we will do a few rides including a city tour and one ride out in the hills of Sintra - another UNESCO location.  On our tour, will also ride up to Spain on the afternoon before the event so that you can say that you have truly ridden from the very North to South of Portugal.  

 

 

More about the tour:

  • The tour will again start and finish in Lisbon
  • Ride Across Portugal is a Six Day Event
  • twowheeltours will offer an Eleven Day Tour in combination with the event 
  • We will have our trailer on tour so you can ride as much of each stage as you would like
  • Car and staff on course 
  • Private masseur and mechanic
  • Bag logistics 

 

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2.The.Hotels 

 

more information

 

Bicycling Australia Article

Read about the 2017 Event by clicking here OR on the image below. Article from Bicycling Australia - September/October 2017

Please excuse the low-res photos due to the docuement being so large

 

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Portugal Details 2020

2020 Itinerary 

Day 1 - Riders arrive into Lisbon - welcome and afternoon ride
Day 2 - Morning ride through the National Park around UNESCO Sintra and go to the western most point of Europe. Finish at a magical restaurant right on the Atlantic.

Day 3 - Drive up the coast and explore Óbidos before driving to Chaves - afternoon ride to Spain - Ride Across Portugal Registration Day

Day 4 - Stage One : Chaves to Foz Côa

129km with 3,120m ascent

Day 5 - Stage Two : Foz Côa to Covilhã

157km with 3,200m ascent

Day 6 - Stage Three : Covilhã to Crato 

143km with 1,650m ascent

Day 7 - Stage Four : Crato to Évora (UNESCO town)

110km with 1,200m ascent

Day 8 - Stage Five : Évora to Mértola

153km with 1,270m ascent

Day 9 - Stage Six : Mértola to Alentejo

88km with 1,460m ascent

Day 10 - Trasfer to Lisbon

Day 11 - Riders depart from Lisbon

 

For the Full Itineray - please email us

 

Highlights for the riders

  • Opportunity to ride nine days
  • 20 > 180k days on offer 
  • Opportunity for rest days
  • All rides with a guide and support vehicle + photographer
  • During the event there will be twowheeltours support vehicles on course
  • Ride as much as you would like of each stage as we will have our customised trailer
  • Amazing food
  • Mechanic and masseur on staff
  • City and cultural  tours  

 

Included on tour

  • Transfers to and from Lisbon Airport
  • 10 nights and 11 days on tour
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • Event Entry
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation in top level hotels
  • Our own dedicated massaeur and mechanic
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks
11 Day Package and Price for Portugal

Price

€5,050 single supplement

€4,490 twin share supplement

Include Ride Across Portugal Entry

€2,200 to confirm your place

Final payment due 15 January 

 

€3,495 non-rider program - having your own guide, car and daily activities

 

twowheeltours covers all your land based expenses including transfers, accommodation and all meals. We will have our own mechanic and masseur to ensure you have the best possible experience during the event.

 

If you have any more questions, please email info@twowheeltours.com.au

Portugal Accommodation

Riders will still stay in fantastic hotels along the way. 

 

With the tour starting and finishing in Lisbon - riders will stay at one of the best 5 Star hotels in the city - the SOFITEL Lisbon Liberdade.

 

During the event, the hotels will offer the best comfort to recover from the stages. Our riders will stay at the Official Ride Across Portugal hotels. They are an important part of the experience during the  participation of the event and will further enhance your experience in beautiful Portugal. 

 

Riders will stay in some of the most iconic 4 and 5 stars hotels in Portugal, with the best location plus very near the start and finish of each stage. Some of the hotels are located in historic buildings or awarded with the best architectural trophies, offering you a very exclusive and special experience.

 

Some of the hotels where we will stay are:

 

Chaves - Hotel Premium Chaves or Hotel Casino de Chaves

 

Foz Côa - We are going to stay in a deluxe Rowing Trainning Center in an iconic building which is in a fantastic location and it provides a very exclusive experience

Foz Côa Rowing Centre

 

Covilhã - Pura Lã Hotel

 

Crato - Pousada Mosteiro Flôr da Rosa 

Pousada Mosteiro Flôr da Rosa

 

Évora - Vila Galé Évora

Vila Galé Évora

 

Mértola - Alentejo Star Hotel

Alentejo Star Hotel

 

Altura - Eurotel Altura

Eurotel Altura

Ride Across Portugal FAQ

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We have been fortunate enough to be at all Ride Across Portugal (RAP) events since 2017, that is all of them. We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. We have our own masseur, mechanic, bag logistic manager and tour manager who rides the course with our riders. 

  

Why do the event?

Participating in Ride Across Portugal, as a rider, beside the challenge, will allow the riders to explore some of the best experiences that Portugal has to offer. At the end of the stages you will see some of the most iconic and historical spots, villages and cities of Portugal, where the culture, the history and the fantastic Portuguese gastronomy are waiting to reward you for the effort expended during the day.

 

During the stages, you can enjoy not only the landscapes and the challenging roads, but also the Portuguese history and culture. The rest stops are located in the middle of cities and villages and the most of them, beside the sportive food, offer to the athletes and companions some famous and typical sweets and local gastronomic specialties.

 

Why Lisbon?

Lisbon is a fantastic city, it is a rough diamond and different to most major cities in EU. Different in a good way. We will have a chance to explore it at the start and finish of the tour. We will do one ride from our hotel and on the second day we will drive out to Sintra (UNESCO) to do a fantastic ride which will finish at the sea-side for a truly amazing lunch.   

 

Why continue to change the course? 

The first two years of the Ride Acorss Portugal followed roughly the same course. In 2019 the organisers have great altered the course to keep you the cyclists on your toes, the main reason is so that the riders can see more of Portugal, more beautiful roads, more amazing scenery and experience all five senses along the way from the very north of Portugal to the southern most point. It truly is an amzing event and we hope that you can join us.

 

What will your Ride Across Portugal day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0700 and 0730 
  • Breakfast between 0700 and 0830. All breakfasts are included
  • Leave your bags at the reception. twowheeltours staff will transport the bags to our next hotel and place it in your room
  • Drop your mussette(s) at reception, you will see those bags again on course/at the stage finish, they will be with the twowheeltours ON COURSE vehicles. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing at the rest stops. For you finish bag you can pack comfortable shoes, t-shirt or wind vest and any other clothes
  • Stages start at 0900
  • You will see our ON COURSE vehicles during each stage for assistance. It varies as to which rest stop they are for each stage, due to weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a twowheeltours staff member to welcome you. You can get a cold drink, offer you something to eat, pass along your mussette and give you directions to lunch and the location of the hotel 
  • Stage finish between 1130 and 1700 
  • An amazing lunch is served by the race organisers 
  • Massages are available at the hotel
  • Briefing for riders is held at our hotel - a representative from twowheeltours will be at the briefing to collect information to share with you at dinner
  • Dinner with twowheeltours and the other riders, usually from 1900

 

Extras you will receive

  • Ride Across Portugal cycling jersey
  • Marshals along the route 
  • Motorcycle escorts
  • Presence of security vehicles to escort the peloton (including a sag wagon/bus)
  • Medical team who are also on the road during the event and at each finish village
  • Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Timing for the event is done via Strava - you do not have to partcipate as a timed rider if you do not wish 
  • For your bike and for identification you will receive a personalised frame plate (for your handlebars) 
  • Rest stops along the route with food, drinks and energy products they also offer some famous and typical sweets and local gastronomic specialties
  • Daily rankings 
  • Lunch at the end of each stage plus dinner
  • Closing party held at the finishing city
  • A medal for each finisher 

 

Other benefits which are available but not necessarily needed as you are on thetwowheeltours package:

  • Video of the event produced and published to youtube  

 

What is the weather like:

Avg Temps : for the time we are in Lisbon 14 > 22C // Chaves 8 > 20C // Altura (South Coast) 14 > 23C

 

What other support over and above that provided by the Ride Across Portugal organisation does twowheeltours offer?

We are a Fully Catered tour, we provide you with all land based transfers from the closest airport / train station / your hotel in the host city, two nights pre and two nights post event in top level accommodation (four or five star), best possible accommodation during the race, all meals, drinks including alcohol, bag logistics, staff on course and also at the finish line of each stage, staff member riding the course taking photos*, laundry, non-rider partner program with their own guide and daily activities, cooler and baskets stocked with extra food and beverages post race and personalised attention. 

 

You will also see twowheeltours staff on course during each stage. Each morning riders will drop their mussettes / feed station bags at our hotel's reception which will be taken to the designated rest stops. Riders receive a musette (back pack) from twowheeltours to be on course. In this riders can put clothes / food / bottles etc.  Each stage varies but you will usually see two twowheeltours staff members on each stage. 

 

*Bring an 8G thumb drive and receive the photos for nothing at the end of the trip.  Or if you have an Apple Product we can Air Drop.

 

How hard is the Ride Across Portugal?

This is a great event, open to all abilities. Yes, you will need to be able to ride 780km over the six stages PLUS there will be a total ascent of 11,900m during those six stages. As with all of these types of events, you MUST do some training before coming. The fitter you are, the more fun you will have. 

 

Check out the profiles of each stage at the bottom of this page, where the thumb nail images are located, there you can click on each of the six stage profiles.  

 

There is a 'race' aspect if you want to participate but there is no need to if you just wish to complete the course.

 

With a new course in 2019, the six stages will take the RAP participants to some of the best cycling spots of Portugal. Alto da Torre, the highest point of Portugal mainland, located on Serra da Estrela (1993 m higher), is probably the most iconic cycling spot of Portugal and will be visited by RAP on the 2nd stage. The main Portuguese rivers are also part of the scenery of RAP, offering unforgettable images to the participants. In particular, the last stage, designed largely on the banks of the Guadiana River, will be the best way to finish the six days of this challenge.

 

Is it a ride or a race?

The very front of the event will go hard while most of the other riders are there to complete the stages and can do so at their own leisure. This is not an event for people who want to ride 50km a day, riders need to have done some big training days and it will also help if riders have done some group riders, so that you can work together to assist in getting through each day. 

 

The event organisers make it mandatory for all riders to stop at each of the rest stops. This is a great idea so that riders can stop and taste Portugal. The rest stops are located in the middle of cities and villages and the most of them, beside the sportive food, offer to the riders some famous and typical sweets and local gastronomic specialties.

 

6 days is a long time, especially when it is your first RAP. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the rest of the week. 

 

I think I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience and who has completed many cyclo-sportives.

 

We like to encourage riders that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 

 

We have our own coach at twowheeltours - Matt Wells - for full details on Matt and his training programs costs - CLICK HERE

   

You're an Australian tour company, do you have riders on your tours who are not from Australia?

We have clients on our tours from all over the world, Russia, Australia, NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do tours with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 

 

Rooming

All prices listed are single supplement. For dual occupancy, other than your husband/wife/partner, please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au

  

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet, the majority have it in rooms but once in a while you may need to access it from the lobby. We have never had problems getting on line with multiple devices for the one person - so using your mobile, laptop etc is okay.

 

What about transporting my bike to the event?

Packing your bike with care and in a specific case. This is the safest way to get your bike to the start of the event in one piece. LINK

 

I have never boxed my bike before, how do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK.

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag since 2012 - the same exact one! They have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had any damages and it is easy to use. To make life a bit easier, we use the following two 'additions' - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike box but once you are back at home, the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip, it takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - but it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models - LINK or Scicon Bags - LINK or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews - LINK OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. Our mechanic will be there to assist. With a rather substantial amount of cyclists on our tour we highly recommend and encourage that you the cyclist be able build and break down your bike.

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be a Toolcase which includes all the major tools. There is also a bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had troubles transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there has never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm. Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

What time does the ride start each day?

As this is Portugal, there is no rush and the riders depart at 0900.

 

What time does the race finish each day?

Again depending on the length of the day and how fast you ride. From the previous RAP stages finishes have concluded anywhere from 12:00pm through to 5pm.

 

Is there a minimum speed average?

No, there is a lantern rouge who rides at the back of the event. 

 

What is there to do at the end of the days rides?

Relax, put your feet in a fountain, shower, eat then eat some more, talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate, grab a massage then eat and drink some more. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner. We mention eat twice, you may not feel like eating but this is one of the most important things you can do at the end of each stage. Even if you finish at 4:00pm, which is 'past' your normal lunch time, you will NOT make it to dinner if you do NOT EAT.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour as per listed above including track pumps - also our mechanic is there is assist with any other needs.

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, brake pads (especially for those using disc brakes!) levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended packing list.

 

During the RAP riders will need to be somewhat self sufficient. The event has roaming mechanics and they will be able to assist where needed but will not change tubes for you. It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires, if it gets to that point, available at stage finishes. 

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre RAP, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. At each village our mechanic is there to help. If you so wish, you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day - they will be wiped down. 

 

Gearing

It is highly recommended to have a compact crank. Some riders prefer standard cranks, it is up to the rider. About what to run in the rear, ask yourself this question, do you spend much of your time riding in the granny around home? The first two days are the toughest, Alto da Torre, the highest point of Portugal mainland, located on Serra da Estrela (1993 m higher), is probably the most iconic cycling spot of Portugal and will be visited by RAP on the 2nd stage. The majority of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-28, this is fast changing to where a lot of our riders are arriving with a 32 on the rear. 

 

Insurance + cycling licence

You MUST organise your own travel insurance. You MUST make sure all aspects, medical, flights etc. are covered.

  

For Australians, twowheeltours can recommend www.velosure.com.au - they are aware of our insurance needs. Each policy will differ due to a variety of circumstances, ie age and dates travelled etc. They are happy to assist in giving an obligation free quote. Please head to their website for more information. 

 

Swimming in Europe 

The majority of swimming pools in Europe have a rule that swimming shorts are banned with 'speedos' being required. They state this because of health and hygene reasons. Please make sure you pack your speedos so that you can enjoy a swim after your hard earned ride.

 

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

No.

 

A medical certificate signed by your Dr stating that you are fit for cycling is required. You will receive this once you have completed the RAP registration. Once you have it signed by your Dr, please pack it so that it is with you for the start of the tour. 

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. The food in Europe is not the same as 'home'. The food in Portugal is amazing and it is one of the highlights of the tour. 

 

As this is a Fully Catered tour we supply you with all meals. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch and dinner during the event. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

 

If you are a vegetarian please note that being in Europe it is very difficult to get enough protein and we highly recommend that you bring your own supplements. We have had some clients who have mentioned that getting enough protein was much harder than they had imagined.

 

Wine

Portugal has become one of the most interesting wine producers in the world, with Portuguese wines winning awards and more and more fans around the globe. The Ride Across Portugal will cross some of the most famous wine regions like Douro Valley and Alentejo, where the participants and companions can taste some of the wines which have put Portugal on the top of the world wine producers.

 

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Below we list what you will find at rest stops. If you are hoping to purchase supplements along the way please remember that most host villages are VERY remote and most likely will not have what you want. 

 

Want more information about Specific Sports Nutrition for the RAP - Chloe McLeod is a Sports Dietitian who we used to help guide our clients to smarter eating for such events - more information click here

 

Food at rest stops

During each stage there are a number of  Rest Stops and these have: Fresh fruit - oranges and bananas; Dried fruit; Cereal bar; Cake; Water; Hydration powder; Energy bars and Energy gels. Plus local specialities -  a real highlight of the event.

  

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

In regards to bringing your own powders and large tubs of powders, we have had clients bring their own from home and they have never had an issue. Most put powder into a zip lock bag, leaving the big tub at home. We would not recommend for you to bring copious amounts of gels/powders etc as there may be an issue. If travel/transit/arrival forms require, please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

Medical assistance during the RAP

Riders’ safety is the N°1 priority of the organisers of the RAP. Each year they entrust medical support to a team of professionals who are experienced with large endurance participation events (cyclosportives, running, trail running, adventure raids...).

 

The medical service on the RAP will be provided by a team emergency technicians and ambulances. For medical reasons, a participant can temporarily or permanently be withdrawn from the event. A medical emergency number will be put in place so that each participant can easily, in case of a medical problem, let the Event Organisation know.

 

How safe is the RAP?

The route is not closed to vehicles and ultimately YOU are responsible for your own safety whilst on your bike. The beauty of Portugal is that it is a 'quiet' country, the roads are not busy and with this new route, there will be even fewer cars/vehicles on the roads.

 

An “end of race” vehicle will close the event. All riders must respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the right hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect the road signs put in place by the organisation
  • To respect traffic lights
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the event
  • To wear your helmet at all times
  • To display your frame plate on the front of the handlebars at all times

 

Most stages start with a secured and non-timed convoy of all the participants, at a regulated speed, even for a few kilometers. Each rider has to respect the instructions given by the event management team. 

  

How fast is each stage, what level of cyclist do I need to be to complete the RAP?

There is no doubt about it, the fitter you are the more fun you will have. The other secret to finishing the tour is being able to complete 6 enjoyable days of cycling, back to back etc. Also do not stop for 30 mins at the rest stops, keep moving.

 

If you continue to cycle for the entire stage you will have a very good chance of getting back to the hotel at a decent time. The event organisers want people to finish and allowance is made for this to happen. 

 

Clothing and washing

It is recommended that riders bring at least 3 sets of cycling clothing. twowheeltours gives you a wash/laundry bag [WB] at the start of the tour. We will wash your kits twice during the tour. We will not put the WB in the dryer. On wash days there is a collection bag left near reception. Riders get their WB back before dinner.

  

Other info on what to bring can be found here. Unfortunately we cannot wash all your day to day clothes. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like. It is not mandatory to cycle in the RAP kit.

 

Clothing

For the official dinners and functions - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.


I've booked my ticket via twowheeltours, what next?

You main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to complete some twowheeltours paper work which you will be emailed closer to the start of the event.

  

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours. You will also be required to complete a medical form from RAP - this form will need to be completed by a Certified Doctor and stamped by them. This is MANDATORY, if you do not have this you will NOT be able to ride. 

 

Location of Hotels

How close is the accommodation to the start/finish? Our riders stay at the event hotels and they are generally the start location for each stage. 

 

Non-riding partners

For non-riding partners - what activities are planned? This varies year to year. We take pride in offering those partners who do not ride the opportunity to have an enjoyable time, not just sit in the van and watch/wait for the riders. When your partner signs up we like to find out what he/she enjoys to do, whether that be hiking, visiting villages, cooking classes and/or markets and provide them with a variety of activities during the tour. Non-riding partners will catch up in the evenings with the riders. We all dine together and you will spend the night together.

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

  

What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the RAP with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires. Please leave tubular tires at home. 

 

For those bringing disc brakes, please make sure that you bring at least 2 sets, 4 pads in total, of brand new brake pads. 

Advice for first time Multi-Day Events

We have been lucky enough to have been involved with events such as the Haute Route (since 2011) and the Ride Across Portugal (since 2017) - both of their inception years. Since then, we have had hundreds of riders from +20 countries join us on cyclo-sportive tours.  

 

Some of the most important factors to remember:

 

These events are not new. They are new to you. Haute Route started in 2011 and Ride Across Portugal in 2017. Hundreds of riders have completed these events before and we look forward to welcoming you to these huge families.

 

The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember what goes up must come down and there are all those rolling hills and flat areas where teamwork is an advantage! Make sure you have done some bunch riding before you come to any cyclo-sportive. 

 

At the end of each tour, we ask our clients for advice for those who are attempting a multi-day cycling event:

 

Preparation. Most important is consistent training. Focus on getting the body to recover from a long day and be ready for the next.

Grant - Australia

 

Preparation and attention to detail. Put in the kms of training. This is not something that can be finished without true training preparation in the legs. Also, invest in a really good "butt butter" type product that works for you and figure out how to minimize saddle sore discomfort.

Paul - USA

 

Buy a Castelli Gabba!! [Prepare for all weather conditions]

Mark - Australia

 

Train - simulate actual event.

Stan - USA

 

Train a lot. Prepare for all weather conditions. Eat a lot on the bike. Take in the scenery.

Dave - Australia

 

Train, train and train to be able to enjoy the HR and not suffer every day.

Mike - Netherlands

 

Install a climbing cassette before you leave.

Stephen - Australia

 

Haute Route is a long event - bad days could be followed by good days...so take it easy the first two days and always pay attention to good nutrition.

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train for a solid three months including a significant amount of hill climbing. You must have a high dgree of fitness otherwise you are wasting your time. Also put on a 32 cassette. 

Noel - Australia

 

Don't allow the physical and psychological challenge of the HR to get in the way of enjoying the wonders associated with riding a bike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery one can find anywhere.

Paul - Switzerland

 

Arrive fit with experience of 10km climbs.

Geoff - Australia

 

Train, train and then train more. If your goal is too complete a seven day event, make sure you pace yourself on the first few days and then if you feel good you can increase your effort on the later stages. If your goal is to position as high as possible I now know that you need to push yourself hard from day 1! But no matter what your goal is just try and take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

Will - UK

 

Trust Will’s advice and descend within your abilities.

Bruce - Australia

 

Do the necessary hill training and endurance work. Use hill repeats if no long hills available.

Aidan - Ireland

 

Train, Prepare mentally, get use to eating a lot of food with heavy training. Learn the in’s and out’s of your bike, you will pick up early if something isn’t right.

Mitch - Australia

 

Don't pack too much cycling gear, there are wash days.

Graham - Australia

 

Train well..get a a couple of back to back days in ideally in mountain terrain.

Kieran - Ireland

 

Train hard. Seek advice from others. Understand you will be grinding / spinning up a slope for what main be two or more hours. Hopefully you are confident with that.

David - Australia

 

Keep riding, let Will tell you stories, use his energy, if everyone else is doing it you can too (in terms of fitness), relax and have fun. For Ride Across Portugal, it’s not a race it’s a ride, you literally have nothing else to do all day other than ride your bike.

Kristin - USA

 

It's worth getting fit for the trip rather than hoping you'll ride into it. If you're fitter and therefore don't struggle as much on the climbs you can enjoy the scenery.

Adrian - Australia

     

It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days. For a HR 3 day event, it is lot different from HR 7 day. 3 day with add-on tourism package means you can really enjoy it. I guess only advice would be to train right ahead of time. Make sure you are ready for climbing.

Brent - USA

 

I want to say do it with an organised group like twowheeltours but in hindsight, I appreciate that my first HR was done with friends only, doing all the extra bits myself. It made me really appreciate the luxury of Will & crew and how much easier it made the stages. So my real advice to a first timer is to ask advice, from people that you know that have done it before. Even regarding travel and best routes etc. Understand all the logistically elements before you arrive, so that you can have fun in the race and don't have to sweat the small stuff either side of the stages. It makes the whole event more relaxed and enjoyable

Jocelyn - Australia

 

Find an experienced coach and ask him to make a training plan for Haute Route. If the coach has done a Haute Route or done stage racing that would be better. Spend time on training as much as you can so that you will not regret. You need to do some 6+ hour days as part of your training.
Don't care about other riders who pass you. 
Keep your pace - the Haute Route is long.
Never work too hard especially on the first day.
Don't think about the upcoming passes and stages which remain, just concentrate on the climb or descend you are facing.

Kenji - Japan

 

Pace yourself - don't go full gas on day 1 or at the start of any stage unless you are an experienced stage racer.

David - Australia

 

Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep and you will enjoy it.

Michelle - Australia

 

Why Ride Across Portugal

 

Pre-Ride Across Portugal - time in Lisbon 2019

 

Ride Across Portugal - Chaves to Altura 2019

 

Montage from 2018

 

Montage from 2017

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