The race to start a great season of European races

This year 25 of the best teams in cycling will take part in this superb race in the sun Volta ao Algarve, including a select group of World Tour teams.  In 2017 it was Lotto NL-Jumbo (NED) who took the honors from Team Sky (GBR) and broke their run of winning this notable stage race.  In 2018 there will be strong opposition from; BMC Racing Team (USA), Bora-hansgrohe (Germany), Lotto Soudal (Belgium), Quick-Step Floors (Belgium), Team Dimension Data (South Africa), Team Katusha Alpecin (Switzerland) Team Sunweb (Germany) and UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates).
In addition teams from; France, Belgium and Portugal make this a truly International event, come and see for yourself how the best in the business are travelling this February.

This premium bike tour brings you up close and personal with live viewing of the Volta ao Algarve race with our “unique viewing spots” only achievable from the experienced Algarve based bike tour team. Each day will also include the very best bike rides in the world, fully guided and tailored amongst breathtaking scenery in the Algarve, Portugal. This proven Practice Bicycle formula of the ideal balance between quality rides, race viewing and relaxing is enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders and non-cycling guests.

2018 Volta ao Algarve

2017 was an exciting race won by rising stage race star Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) who fought of Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) all the way to the final stage finish line on the top of Malhão for a great Volta ao Algarve victory. Each stage had a superb variety of routes with sprint stage victories to Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) & André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) a regular visitor to the Algarve,  a Time Trial win by Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) and Mountain summit victories to Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) all superb victories and classic racing early season in the Algarve. At the 2018 Volta ao Algarve expect to see the best stage race riders fighting for the overall classification on the challenging roads of the Algarve!

Can’t get enough of Algarve cycling?

Classic ToursWe also offer both our Algarve bike trips and training weeks before and after the Volta ao Algarve. Why not extend your holiday and enjoy a day or two of great cycling on the roads of the Algarve?

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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – from 40 km/day to 100 km/day
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 50km.75km or 100km (Unique in the industry for a Bike Race Tour)

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Gold: 4* Beach Hotel Accommodation, $2058 per person
Silver: 4* Marina Resort Accommodation, $1918 per person
Bronze: Rides only, $1045 per person

Dates

12 – 18 February 2019

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $475
Bike hire – $300
Non-cycling partner – $1772

Non-cycling partner?

That’s ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

The perfect tour packages for the Non-Cyclist to join their cycling wife/husband/partner at the Volta ao Algarve Bike Race Tour in February. With your preference to be less energetic, enjoy the sights of this Algarve International race spectacle from the comfort of the support vehicle or should you prefer a rest from the race action, relax by the beach. Share the most famous secret of Europe, the Algarve coast and the mountains of the Sierra Monchique …come and relax Algarvian style!

Thanks so much for a wonderful week at the Volta Algarve Tour! It's been hard to return to work with images of bikes, fish, orange trees, and the ocean in our mind 🙂
We loved the starts and finishes of the stages with our VIP up-close access, were thrilled by the sight of the riders passing, savoured our most delightful coffee and lunch stops. That gorgeous lunch in Monchique stands out as a highlight!
I know now why David considers his previous trip with you to the Tour de France in Annecy as such a special memory - the care and thought that you put into our journey made it an extraordinary experience.
Testimonial by P & D & Gorden - USA
P & D & Gorden - USA

Dates

2019
  • 12 February — 18 February Book Now Enquire

Itinerary

Below is the 2018 itinerary! Don’t miss out and register above.
Tuesday February 13th - Arrival Day
ARRIVAL TIME: Afternoon
Distance 40km Ascent 200m route Rocha Praia Mar
INCLUSIONS: Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner

Arrival Day in the Algarve and Welcome to Portugal and the Volta Algarve! With the race action starting tomorrow, enjoy a relaxing day at the Hotel and should time permit, turn the legs with your first ride on the roads of the Algarve and the amazing spectacle of this unique coastline of rocks, beaches and sea. This evening join us for drinks and dinner overlooking the stunning coastline of Portugal.

Wednesday February 14th - View Volta Algarve Stage 1: Albufeira – Lagos - 192.6 km
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 90km Ascent 700m route Messines
Distance 65km Ascent 440m route Albufeira
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch, View Volta Algarve Stage

The Volta Algarve 2018 action begins today with the opening stage expected to be for the super-fast men of professional cycling as the stage route weaves it’s way between two of the Algarve’s most popular summer holiday destinations Albufeira and Lagos.
It’s also our first opportunity to catch up with all the stars of the peloton in 2018 and a taste of this amazing cycling destination as we explore some of the more comfortable roads and the coastline of the Algarve landscape, taking a café stop in one of our favourite spots on the beach with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. If you have good legs today and are looking for more of a challenge from stage 1 of the Volta take the opportunity of catching the race action on several occasions!
Prefer to pace yourself for the week then enjoy this first day with a more leisurely lunch of great Algarvian flavours!

Thursday February 15th - View Volta Algarve Stage 2: Sagres – Fóia - 187.9 km
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 97km Ascent 1200m route Foia
Distance 60km Ascent 600m route Monchique
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch, View Volta Algarve Stage
Today the Volta Algarve stage race hots up in more ways than one with a route into the Serra de Monchique and the highest point of the Algarve at the summit of Foia (900m). Included in the stage route are several very steep inclines, hidden amongst the pine forests, with this terrain expect the peloton to split up and the general classification and potential winners to show their climbing form at the summit of Foia.
This is going to test early season legs with no less than 5 Category Climbs during the stage route and after a super-fast day yesterday this contrast will shake up the General Classification! This morning take on one or several climbs as we explore this fantastic mountain range to watch the race action live. With a great network of roads we can tailor this ride route perfectly and expect to be amazed not only by a fantastic day in the saddle but also the amazing panoramic views on offer throughout the day.
These roads are ideal for building not only big legs but also a big appetite; we have a great choice of hearty mountain food on the table for lunch today!
Friday February 16th - View Volta Algarve Stage 3: Lagoa – Lagoa - 20.3 km (ITT)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 80km Ascent 600m route Silves
Distance 45km Ascent 350m route Lagoa
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch, View Volta Algarve TimeTrial
Today is the “Race of Truth” the Time Trial stage for the professionals; it may not be very long at 20.3km although after yesterday’s difficult day of climbing this stage could have a big impact on the overall standings. With this variety of different stages during the week it’s another reason why a visit to the Volta Algarve stage race is more interesting than many race viewing occasions and it’s not only about blue skies and fun in the sun in February!
The TT for 2018 is a new technical route; it could spring a surprise or two for those who don’t checkout this critical 20.3km circuit. With our legs tested on the Serra Monchique yesterday we may need a more relaxing day and what could be a better excuse than watching the world’s best riders against the watch in full flight on the wonderful roads of the Algarve coast.
Saturday February 17th– Great Roads of the Algarve
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 100km Ascent 1000m route Praia Castelejo
Distance 65km Ascent 440m route Burgau
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch in the Fishing Village
With the 2018 Volta ao Algarve general classification starting to take shape after the time trial, the fast finishers get to show their sprinting legs once again with an expected bunch sprint on the streets of the town of Tavira. Whilst the race peloton heads to the most easterly part of the Algarve, we’ll take our superb ride to the west and some of our favourite roads of the Algarve, which really highlight this unique part of southern Europe.
Enjoy the challenge of our undulating route as we work our way across the Algarve, using hidden roads great for cycling and surrounded by nature before the perfect café appears in time for a well-deserved break. With no race deadlines today, enjoy as much or as little time in the saddle in the sunny Algarve, make the most of discovering this very special part of Europe the perfect location to escape the winter by bike in the South of Portugal. Looking for that long lunch…today’s the day!
Sunday February 18th - View Volta Algarve Stage 5: Faro – Malhão - 173.5km
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 110km Ascent 1050m route Malhao
Distance 65km Ascent 750m route Paderne
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Dinner, View Volta Algarve Stage

Our final Algarve cycling adventure together today will trace the picturesque landscape passing row after row of olive and orange trees, this area is renowned for some of the best tasting oranges in the world as we join the race action in the Serra do Caldeirao mountains.
This gripping Volta Algarve race maybe decided on the final slopes of Malhao (508m) climb, with 2 assents of this short but difficult climb coming at the end of 5 days of hard fought racing. Many of cycling’s very best stage race riders have shown their early season form at the Volta Algarve each year, expect to see one of the best take the title in 2018 and celebrate a memorable week of cycling together with a farewell dinner overlooking the Atlantic!

Monday February 19th - Departure Day
DEPARTURE TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer
This morning is your departure day from the Algarve and your support team will assist you with your onward travels with your midday transfer to Faro Airport. We look forward to seeing you and sharing great riding with you again soon.
‘Tchau” from PRACTICEBICYCLE.

*As with all the PRACTICEBICYCLE planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bicycle, you will love cycling in Algarve. As long as you love International Bike Racing, this trip is for you!

Each cycling route during your Volta Algarve Bike Tour will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, so pick which ride distance is ideal for you to catch up with all the race action – the choice is yours.

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.

Portugal and the Algarve has many fabulous secrets from its famous Porches Pottery to the best Oranges in the world, they have to be eaten to be believed!

Here is just a small selection of what awaits you off the bike when visiting the Algarve: Amazing beaches for the perfect stroll, Spa treatments of the Ocean and Mountains, Shopping favourites Cotton and Linen, Leather products handbags and shoes, Wine tasting and Great local Restaurants and last but not least the Sierra Monchique mountains and many traditional white washed towns and villages.

We love a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle has a history in professional bike racing and coaching, so if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can definitely find just the right rides for you.

If you are looking for a challenge to improve your cycling and professional coaching advice during your vacation, then consider our winter and summer training camps.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package to get on this tour without using our accommodation.
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient meeting point in Praia da Rocha. Fully escorted and supported to the best viewing locations to catch the Volta Algarve stage race action live, including your own opportunities to ride and discover this amazing winter cycling destination.

On each of our tours we tailor the daily rides to the riders and weather conditions, including actual stage routes on the itinerary.  Practice Bicycle has developed 70+ routes in Algarve for riders of all levels. To get an idea of what sort of rides you will be doing, have a look at a sample of our rides in Algarve.

As a Non Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement and action up close and personal of the bike race live. Our local support team will share with you culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘Unique live viewing spots’ and handpicked restaurant lunch together.

Our specialty bike race tour week to the Volta ao Algarve includes viewing the race on several stages.  With our proven formula ‘Unpack Once, Cycle Every Day’ we maximise your enjoyment of viewing the race action live, contrasting with your own variety of personally tailored rides and the opportunity of enough time to relax and experience your perfect location for the week.

Your Volta ao Algarve 2018 bike tour package includes:

  • 6 nights’ Accommodation at the Tivoli Marina Portimao 4* Resort
  • 6 Buffet Breakfasts to fuel up for a day of action
  • Welcome to the Volta ao Algarve Dinner with the best flavours of Portugal
  • 6 superb fully guided rides, with a choice of distance tailored for your enjoyment throughout the tour
  • Cafe or Lunch stops facilitated during each action packed Volta Algarve stage.
  • Unique, contrasting and spectacular live viewing of the Volta Algarve 2018
  • Support team & vehicle for all rides offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Transfers from Faro International Airport (Portugal) to your accommodation Midday arrival / departure days
  • Complimentary Volta Algarve premium cycling Jersey

Volta ao Algarve 2018 Highlights:

  • Get close to your favourite superstars of professional cycling in a relaxed environment
  • Europe’s hidden cycling secret, the Algarve ‘Rocha Praia Mar’ – cliffs, beaches, ocean
  • Spectacular rides of the natural Algarve including actual race routes
  • Get your 2018 cycling off to a flying start with 545 km / 350 mile week in the sun!
  • Insight to stage race action live from the roadside each day with stage starts, sprint finishes, mountain action, time trial power.
  • Amazing value, friendly Portugal, superb cycling & great local food!