Algarve Cycling Training Camps Challenging Rides

Epic Road Cycling in Portugal

With its excellent weather conditions and a network of varied, traffic-free roads, the Algarve in Portugal is the ideal destination for training and quality rides over the winter / spring.  With a menu of endurance rides and climbing routes available during your Algarve cycling week in the sun. Join Paul Hughes, 20 years international cycling coach and Bridget Evans, retired professional racing cyclist, for the very best combination of challenging and epic rides.

Algarve Cycling Training Camps

Start the day with the sun rising ready for a great day in the saddle. Fully charged heading out at a comfortable pace, warming up the muscles on our chosen ride option for the day. Effective training is best accomplished with a gradual increase in effort and nothing could be better when we hit the quiet country roads of the Algarve, small undulations and twisting roads are everywhere. Once in a rhythm the kilometres/miles flow by with ease as we pass Portuguese villages that haven’t changed in many years. Time to take on a small climb and stimulate those muscle fibers, early season style, small chain ring comfortable high cadence if you wish or strength intervals if you’re looking to improve that all important muscle strength!
Looking for a coffee-break or keep it constant, fat-burning metabolism at its best, three, four or five hours every day tailored for that all important scientific progressive overload effect. Great training rides sometime need to be easy when it’s time to wind down the effort as we return to the hotel to relax and get ready for another perfect Algarve training ride tomorrow.

Experience Portugal with a glorious cycling week

With quality riding on the roads of the Algarve between the October – May period, keep the legs turning and avoid the cold wet months and that unwanted cold or flu! As all good cyclists would agree it’s also the time of the year to maintain good condition and build that important aerobic fitness for a great year of cycling ahead.  The natural setting of the Algarve offers a variety of climbs and a network of roads, perfect for a challenging week and also moderate distance rides each day.

Algarve cycling training camps can be tailored to your current experience and ability or cycling goals, get ready to experience unique ride routes all in one terrific training week with the professionals of Practice Bicycle in the Algarve Southern Portugal.

Looking to relax a bit more?

Training CampsIf it’s more of a Portugal cycling holiday and less of a challenge that you are looking for, take a look at the Natural Algarve Bike Trip and the Atlantic Coast to Mountains.

View Natural Algarve Bike Trip
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Challenging Bike Tours

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Epic –  75 km to 110 km/day per day

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Gold: 4* Marina Resort Accommodation,
$1503 per person
Silver: 3* Hotel Accommodation,
$1336 per person
Bronze: Rides Only No Accommodation,
$786 per person

Or make it custom, from $1636 per person


Portimao, Portugal

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October – May


7 Days / 6 Nights

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2 to 8 people

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Single room – $500
Bike hire – $400
Half board – $240
Airport Transfer – $200

Your Ride Leaders

The Practice Bicycle team have significant experience at the highest levels of international cycling and have an unique skill set for all cycling groups, combined with extensive cycling knowledge and coaching experience waiting for you at your Algarve cycling training camps.

With coaching experience of all ability levels, men and women of all age groups including teams at professional elite racing level on the European and World stage for many years. Owner Bridget Evans brings a unique wealth of cycling experience as a very accomplished cyclist in her own right acquired as a professional bike rider on the world tour for over 10 years competing in many prestigious international races with great success.

My week with you inspired me to get me prepared for the New England Road Race championship, the New England Time Trial championship, and the Green Mountain Stage Race. I won the 50-59 Road Race title, as well as the 50-54 TT. I finished 3rd on GC at GMSR in the 50+ field, with a 4th place in the TT stage, and 3rd in the RR. It was a great second half of the season.
There's no doubt in my mind that my week in the Algarve with Practice Bicycle was a significant factor in my success. I'd love to come back and ride with you again!
Testimonial by A. Potter – USA
A. Potter – USA


We run our Algarve Cycling Training Camps from October to May. Below are all our scheduled small-group departures for road cycling in Portugal. To enquire about joining, click the “Enquire Now” button next to the tour date.

  • 21 March — 27 March Book Now Enquire
  • 28 March — 03 April Enquire
  • 18 April — 24 April Book Now Enquire
  • 25 April — 01 May Book Now Enquire
  • 16 May — 22 May Enquire
  • 23 May — 29 May Enquire
  • 24 October — 30 October Book Now Enquire
  • 21 November — 27 November Enquire
  • 12 December — 18 December Enquire

Looking for specific dates?

If you want to travel on different dates, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a custom Algarve Cycling Training Camp!

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Endurance Itinerary

Endurance cycling ride week distance 400km / 250mi, enquire above to reserve your place.
Arrival Day at the Algarve Cycling Training Camp
Distance 40km/25mi
Ascent 280m/900ft
Route Montes de Cima
Enjoy a spin on the traffic free roads of the Algarve and unwind from your travels the perfect welcome ride to cycling training in the Algarve.

* training rides based on an endurance training week , options for additional time, climbs or recovery rides as required!

Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Espinhaco da Cao'
Distance 100km / 62mi
Ascent 850m / 2800ft
Route Espinhaco da Cao
Undulating roads introduce the amazing network of great cycling roads with a small climb to wake up the legs.
Espinhaco da Cao (234m) cat3 – 3km @ 5%
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Serra Monchique'
Distance 60km / 37mi
Ascent 745m / 2400ft
Route Alferce
Ride among the Pine trees and follow the valley back to the coast.
Monchique (450m) cat 2– 8km @ 4%
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Atlantic Coast'
Distance 75km / 46mi
Ascent 575m / 1900ft
Route Salema
Flat roads follow the coast returning through the natural landscape
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Alte'
Distance 95km / 59mi
Ascent 875m / 2900ft
Route Alte
Challenge the roller coaster landscape into the Algarve hinterland
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Chilrao'
Distance 75km / 46mi
Ascent 860m 2800ft
Route Casais
Twisting roads on the shelf of the Serra Monchique with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean
Alto do Casais (320m) cat3 – 2.5km @ 6%
Departure Day from the Algarve Cycling Training Camp
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer
It’s time for Recovery with the end of your Algarve Training Camp
Practice bicycle wish you good cycling form until we PRACTICEBICYCLE together again

* Endurance Itinerary Week Total Distance 405km with Total Elevation 3900m

Climbing Itinerary

Choice of climbing routes distance 565km / 350mi elevation 5750m / 19000ft for the semi competitive rider, enquire above to reserve your place.
Arrival Day at the Algarve Cycling Training Camp
Distance 50km/31mi
Ascent 350m/1100ft
Route Armacao de Pera
Enjoy the coast and unwind from your travels with this undulating coastal ride followed by flat inland the perfect welcome ride to cycling training in the Algarve.

* A selection of challenging climbing rides, recovery rides or rest days as required!

Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Rocha da Pena'
Distance 110km / 68mi
Ascent 1050m / 3400ft
Route Malhao
The perfect climb if you are looking to test your legs in the Algarve
Alto do Malhao (526m) cat2 – 2.8km @ 9%
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Alto do Foia'
Distance 95km / 60mi
Ascent 1200m / 3900ft
Route Foia
Great cycling terrain and the interior Mountain Range of the Serra Monchique and the summit of the Algarve Foia!
Alto do Foia (900m) cat1 – 7.3km @ 6%
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Carrapateira'
Distance 110km / 68mi
Ascent 900m / 3000ft
Route Carrapateira
Power all the way to the coast and follow the wind turbines in a native landscape
Wind could be the challenge today!
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Nave Redonda'
Distance 100km / 62mi
Ascent 1200m / 3900ft
Route Nave Redonda
Challenge the roller coaster landscape into the Algarve hinterland behind the reservoirs
Alto do Corchas (450m) cat2 – 11km @ 3%
Algarve Cycling Training Camp - 'Aljzur'
Distance 100km / 62mi
Ascent 1050m / 3500ft
Route Aljzur
Take on Marmelete with the twisting roads on the shelf of the Serra Monchique with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean
Alto do Marmelete (390m) cat3 – 5.2km @ 5.5%
Departure Day from the Algarve Cycling Training Camp
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer
It’s time for Recovery with the end of your Algarve Training Camp
Practice bicycle wish you good cycling form until we PRACTICEBICYCLE together again

* Climbing Itinerary Week Total Distance 565km with Total Elevation 5750m

These proven itineraries are ideal for the avid cyclist looking for quality rides each day of 80 – 100km/62mi.  You will be surprised by the variety of terrain and rides available to you in the Algarve, Portugal.

Each cycling route during this European winter, spring period cycling vacation will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability, experience and goals.  With either an Endurance itinerary or Climbing itinerary and the option of a combination of both, in addition Recovery rides are always available to maximize your cycling week.
If you are preparing for an event with specific training or need a week of great riding in the sun.  The Algarve is your destination.

The destination for your Algarve cycling training camp is the town of  Portimao / Praia da Rocha.
The closest airport is Faro Airport (Portugal) situated in the south of Portugal and serviced by many low cost European airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet and
Shuttle transfer services operate between the airport and Praia da Rocha.

For international guests arriving in Lisbon (Portugal) you have a choice of connecting flights to Faro Airport or alternatively public transport train or coach service to Portimao, in addition amazing value car rental companies are also available with all of these options allow for a 3hr travel time.

It is also possible to fly to Faro Airport (Portugal) via the following locations Lisbon (Portugal), Frankfurt (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), London Gatwick (UK), Oslo (Norway), Amsterdam (Holland), Geneva (Switzerland).

The Algarve Cycling Training Camps offer a tested choice of accommodation at Portimao and Praia da Rocha, the ideal location to relax after your ride each day.
Choose between 3* Hotel accommodation with all amenities at your door in the town of Portimao or the 4* Tivoli Marina Portimao Resort, quality studios within a nautical complex on the River Arade and a short 400m walk to the Beach and Restaurants.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package to get on this challenging cycling week without using our accommodation.
Arrange your own stay in the Algarve which has a comprehensive selection of apartment accommodation available and come to the rides just like you would back home!
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a Portimao/Praia da Rocha meeting point. Meet your ride leader and experience a variety of ideal rides to maximize your cycling on the warm roads of Europe’s new cycling destination the Algarve,Portugal.

The Training Camp is about great riding and being outdoors as much as possible, especially as many guests have come from very cold climates.
Guests who come with their training buddies, enjoy interaction post cycling.

For most it’s time to relax, rest and recover.  Either by the pool or a drink and stroll on the beach, there are also plenty of great restaurants / bars, shops to choose from within walking distance of your hotel.

I guess with tired legs RELAXING is high on the agenda!  If massage is something you enjoy, this can also be organized for you.

‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’
The one location bike tour experience is the brain child of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle philosophy of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day was tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the place before it was time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best locations to Practice Bicycle, including the discovery of endless ride options exploring in every direction  from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday!

Algarve Cycling Training Camps include:

  • 6 Nights’ Quality Accommodation
  • 6 Buffet Breakfasts to fuel-up for the day
  • 6 Fully guided training rides tailored for how much you wish to ride!
  • Spectacular and variety routes including the coastline, interior and mountains
  • Ride support offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars

Algarve Winter / Spring Training Camp Highlights:

  • Small training group individual coaching advice
  • Quality ride weeks 300 – 650 km (185 – 400 miles)
  • International professional coaching (over 20 years) of all ages, men and women ensuring a perfect week in the saddle.
  • Different training routes each day on quiet traffic free roads of the secret Algarve
  • 9 choice climbs available including Alto do Foia (900m)
  • Portugal Europes sunny (10 – 25c) secret cycling destination