The race to start a great season of European races

This year will be the 45th edition of his superb race in the sun Volta ao Algarve, including the very best professionals in the world at this early season spectacle in Portugal.  2018 show cased the strength of Team Sky (GBR) with both Geraint Thomas and eventual winner Michal Kwiatkowski fighting for victory. In 2019 expect strong opposition from; 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 and the perfect place to be this February for great cycling and action in the sun of southern Portugal.

This premium bike tour brings you up close and personal at the Volta ao Algarve race with our “unique viewing spots” only achievable from the experienced Algarve based bike tour team. Enjoy an amazing variety of tailored rides, fully guided amongst breathtaking scenery in the natural 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.

2019 Volta ao Algarve

Escape the cold and be motivated amongst the hot race action in the Algarve this February.  Stars of the future and present show why they are world class on the roads of the Algarve, previous winners include 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 in 2017.  With a combination of sprint stages, mountain summits and a Time Trial expect to see the best stage race riders fighting for the overall classification on the challenging roads of the Algarve in 2019!

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* Marina Resort Accommodation,   $1418 per person
Silver: Rides only, $845 per person

Dates

19 – 24 February 2019

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $295
Bike hire – $300
Non-cycling partner – $1205

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
  • 19 February — 24 February Book Now Enquire

Itinerary

Don’t miss out in 2019 reserve your place above.
Tuesday February 19th - 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 20th - 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

The Volta Algarve 2019 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 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 day in the Algarve.

Thursday February 21st - 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

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; if your looking for fantastic food we know a great location for hearty mountain food available to you today!

Friday February 22nd - 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

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 is a 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 23rd– Great Roads of the Algarve
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 100km Ascent 1000m route Praia Castelejo
Distance 65km Ascent 440m route Burgau

With the 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 24th - View Volta Algarve Stage 5: Faro – Malhão - 173.5km + Departure Day
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 110km Ascent 1050m route Malhao
Distance 65km Ascent 750m route Paderne

INCLUSIONS: Faro Airport (Portugal) Transfer

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 2019.
Today is also your departure day from the Algarve and your support team will assist you with your onward travels with your transfer to Faro Airport. With the final stage action due to finish late afternoon, we suggest an evening flight for your departure unless you have booked an additional night stay.
‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package (13 – 17 Feb)  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Volta ao Algarve 2019 bike tour package includes:

  • 5 nights’ Accommodation at the Tivoli Marina Portimao 4* Resort
  • 5 Buffet Breakfasts to fuel up for a day of action
  • Welcome to the Volta ao Algarve Dinner with the best flavours of Portugal
  • 5 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 2019
  • Support team & vehicle for all rides offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Transfers from Faro International Airport (Portugal) to your accommodation arrival / departure days
  • Complimentary Volta Algarve premium cycling Jersey

Volta ao Algarve 2019 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 2019 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!