Terrain to challenge with the warmth of the sun and traffic-free roads

With its excellent weather conditions and a network of varied, traffic-free roads, the Algarve in Portugal is the ideal destination to do some serious bike training over the winter / spring. Let yourself be accompanied by Paul Hughes, 20 years international cycling coach and Bridget Evans, retired professional cyclist, for the very best combination of beautiful scenery and challenging riding on our Algarve Cycling Training Camps.

The perfect time to spend a glorious week of quality training rides on the roads of the Algarve is the October – May period, not only is this the right time to keep the engine tuned, but also a time to avoid the cold wet months and that unwanted cold or flu! As all good coaches would agree it’s also the all-important start of the year for many cyclists and the building block time of your training program with the essential steady state / constant effort aerobic training rides. The greater the foundation, the greater the consistency of ride performance throughout the year of fun in the saddle!

Your Algarve cycling training week 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 winter cycling holiday and less of a challenge that you are looking for, take a look at the Algarve Bike Trip!

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Training Camp

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Challenging

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Bronze: Rides Only, $604 per person
Silver: Tivoli Marina Portimao 4* Resort, $997 per person
Gold: Hotel Oriental 4*, $1267 per person

Or make it private, from $1197 per person

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October – May

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Sizes

2 to 10 people

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Single room – $300
Bike hire – $300

Your Ride Leaders

Paul Hughes and Bridget Evans own and operate Practice Bicycle tours and have significant experience at the highest levels of international cycling and are always available to answer your questions or requests on any topic associated with cycling and the bike tour industry during your tour or camp.

With coaching experience of all ability levels and age groups including teams at professional elite racing level on the European and World stage for many years. In addition Co-owner Bridget Evans a very accomplished bike rider in her own right with a wealth of knowledge and experience acquired as a professional bike rider on the world tour for over 10 years competing in many prestigious international races with great success.

I had the best experience so far Biking with you in Algarve in March! I am not the strongest or most experienced biker but you both made sure helping me feel comfortable and well taken care of! I think both my leg muscles and confidence grew during my stay. You shared your own experiences, taught me more in a week than I learnt the last 2 years! Everything from 'good cake in the region', sitting comfortable in the saddle, listening to the heart and legs, not moping along, proper bike etiquette, coaching me and pushing, encouraging me up hill, showing me a great region and so much more.
Testimonial by A. Eriksson – Sweden
A. Eriksson – Sweden

Departure Dates

We run our Algarve Winter / Spring Cycling Training Camps from October to May. Below are all our scheduled small-group departures for the Algarve Training Camp. To enquire about joining our training weeks, click the “Enquire Now” button next to the tour date.

2017
  • 09 December — 15 December Book Now Enquire
2018
  • 13 January — 19 January Book Now Enquire
  • 03 February — 09 February Book Now Enquire
  • 17 March — 23 March Book Now Enquire
2018

Looking for specific dates?

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

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Itinerary

Winter Cycling Training Camp Day 1: Arrival Day in the Algarve
We will pick you up from Faro International Airport (Portugal) and transfer to your Praia da Rocha Hotel for a great week of riding!

But the first day isn’t just for relaxing! After you have checked in, we will get on our bikes for a introduction to your Winter Spring Training Camp in the Algarve!

Winter Cycling Training Camp Day 2-6: Algarve's best challenging rides
Start the day with a full buffet breakfast and the sun rising ready for a great day in the saddle. Fully charged heading out at a comfortable pace, warming up both our muscles and mind 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 just what the training ordered! 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 fibres, early season style, small chain ring comfortable high cadence if you wish or Strength/Endurance 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 chosen best, three, four or five hours every day tailored for that all important scientific progressive overload effect. Great training sometimes needs discipline for the very best anyway, time to wind down the effort on our return to the Hotel, ready for another perfect Algarve Training Ride tomorrow.

Winter Cycling Training Camp Day 7: Departure from Algarve
At the end of the tour, you will get a private transfer back to Faro International Airport (Portugal) and “Tchau” from the team at Practice Bicycle Bike Tours.

You will be staying at our handpicked 4* accommodation, the Tivoli Marina Portimao Resort. These are quality studios within a nautical complex on the River Arade and a short 400m walk to the Beach and Restaurants.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or have only recently picked up the passion, you will be surprised by training in the Algarve.

Each cycling route during your Algarve Winter / Spring Cycling Training Camp will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, so every ride will be exactly paced for your challenge and goals.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package to get on this training week without using our accommodation & transfers. Come to the rides just like you would back home!
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient meeting point in Praia da Rocha. Your ride leader will show you a variety of ideal training rides to maximize your cycling on the warm roads of Europe’s new cycling destination.

 

Your ‘Algarve Winter / Spring Training Camp’ includes:

  • 6 Nights’ Accommodation at the Tivoli Marina Portimao 4* Resort
  • 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
  • Transfers from Faro International Airport (Portugal) to your accommodation midday arrival/departure days

Algarve Winter / Spring Training Camp Highlights:

  • Small training group individual coaching advice
  • Quality ride week 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