Womens Cycling Training Camps Portugal

For all women looking for great cycling training then don’t look any further than the warm traffic free roads of the Algarve in Portugal.  Challenge yourself with a quality week of cycling training at the perfect pace.  Between October to May the varied terrain and fantastic weather make this Europe’s secret cycling destination for anyone looking for uninterrupted superb cycling training.  Join Bridget Evans, retired professional racing cyclist and international cycling coach Paul Hughes for the very best combination of challenging ride routes on your Portugal Cycling Training Camp.

Experience Portugal with a glorious week of superb riding in the Algarve keep the legs turning and avoid the cold wet months and that unwanted cold or flu! Escape your normal environment and be motivated by the unique quality philosophy of a Practicebicycle training week.  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.

Your Portugal 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 and lift your cycling to the next level with the professionals of Practice Bicycle in the Algarve southern Portugal.

Looking to relax a bit more?

If it’s more of a relaxing Portugal cycling holiday and less of a challenge that you are looking for, take a look at the Womens Algarve bike trips!

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Womens Bike Tour

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Challenging – From 75 km to 90 km/day

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Rides Only:
Without Accommodation $758 per person

Quality Tour:
4* Hotel Accommodation $1140 per person

Or make it custom, from $1440 per person

Centre Based Cycling

Portimao, Portugal

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September – July


7 Days / 6 Nights

Small Group Sizes

2 to 8 people

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Single room – $380
Bike hire – $450
Half board – $207
Airport Transfer – $300

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, including extensive cycling knowledge available to answer your questions or requests on any topic associated with cycling and your training during your stay.

With coaching experience of all ability levels and women of all age groups including teams at professional elite racing level on the European and World stage for many years. In addition owner Bridget Evans a very accomplished bike rider in her own right with a wealth of 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 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. I am looking forward seeing you both again and keep on learning from you both. I felt like royalty having both of you coaching me and you were great at balancing the hard training with recovery, and cake! 😉 Cake aside, P&B will help you challenge yourself and push your limits if that is what you want but if you're not they are just as good at showing you beautiful places introducing you to the region. Bridget, you're a machine! Paul, everyone should have the chance to have the opportunity to learn from you. Thank you for helping me and taking my biking to a new level!
Testimonial by A. Eriksson – Sweden
A. Eriksson – Sweden


Below are all our scheduled dates for our small-group Womens Cycling Training Camps in Portugal.

Low Season

  • 18 December — 24 December Enquire
  • 15 January — 21 January Enquire
  • 22 January — 28 January Book Now Enquire
  • 09 February — 15 February Enquire
  • 21 February — 27 February Book Now Enquire
  • 14 March — 20 March Book Now Enquire
  • 21 March — 27 March Enquire

Mid Season

  • 11 April — 17 April Book Now Enquire
  • 18 April — 24 April Book Now Enquire
  • 14 May — 20 May Enquire
  • 21 May — 27 May Enquire

High Season

  • 24 June — 30 June Book Now Enquire
  • 16 July — 22 July Enquire

Looking for specific dates?

If you want to train at a different time, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a custom Womens Cycling Training Camp!

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Challenging Portugal Itinerary

Variety of cycling terrain 75 – 90 km / 56 mi each day, enquire above to reserve your place.
Womens Cycling Training Portugal Arrival Day
Arrival Time: Midday
Distance 55km/34mi
Ascent 400m/1300ft
Route Arao
Welcome to Portugal and a great week of riding in the Algarve!
After you have checked in to your accommodation, should time permit we will undo the legs from your travels and also check that your bike traveled safely with an introduction ride to your Womens Training Camp in the Algarve!

* training rides based on experienced cyclist, options for recovery rides as required!

Womens Cycling Training Portugal - Raposeria
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 90km / 56mi
Ascent 900m / 3000ft
Route Raposeria
Includes: Breakfast
Undulating roads introduce the amazing network of great cycling roads perfect to wake up the legs. Both interior and coastal roads make for a great endurance ride, touching the coastline with technical roads that twist and turns.
Womens Cycling Training Portugal - 'Serra Monchique'
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 60km / 37mi
Ascent 745m / 2400ft
Route Alferce
Includes: Breakfast
First climb of the week with the gentle slopes of the Serra Monchique a good climb for steady tempo. Get your breath back amongst the forrest shade before testing your legs to top off the day. Great views are the reward for your effort following one of our favourite valley roads back to Portimao.
Monchique (450m) cat 2– 8km @ 4%
Womens Cycling Training Portugal - 'Albufeira'
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 75km / 46mi
Ascent 550m / 1800ft
Route Alcantarilha
Includes: Breakfast
Flat roads today among the agricultural farmland full of orange groves before heading over to the coast. These cycling routes are designed to get the most from your cycling week, the legs turn easily today the ideal endurance ride route.
Womens Cycling Training Portugal - 'Espinhaco da Cao'
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 85km / 53mi
Ascent 650m / 2100ft
Route Espinhaco da Cao
Includes: Breakfast
Challenge the roller coaster landscape into the Algarve you can see why this is perfect cycling terrain, quiet traffic free roads make for the best cycling. Heading towards the wind turbines and the Atlantic coast, take on the challenge of one of the smaller climbs on offer with your Algarve cycling week.
Espinhaco da Cao (240m) 3.5km @ 4%
Womens Cycling Training Portugal - 'Foia'
Epic Ride Route:
Distance 80km / 50mi
Ascent 1200m 3900ft
Route Foia
Includes: Breakfast
We have not left the best for last, because they are all some of the best rides in Portugal, add on the tranquility and the sunny big blue skies of the Algarve, simply perfect. Steppingstones give the legs every opportunity for the challenge to the summit of the Algarve. The perfect ride to cap off a remarkable week of riding together.
Alto do Foia (900m) cat1 – 7.3km @ 6%
Womens Cycling Training Portugal Departure Day
Departure Time: 10:00am
Includes: Breakfast
Today is your departure day from Portugal, with a superb riding week completed it’s now time to return home, recover and adapt with a few easy days.
“Tchau” from the team at Practice Bicycle Bike Tours.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or have only recently picked up the passion for cycling, you will be surprised by the variety of training rides available to you in the Algarve, Portugal.

Each cycling route during your Womens 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. If you are preparing for an event with specific training or want a week of great riding in the sun. The Algarve is your destination.

The destination for your Womens 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 Jet2.com.
Shuttle transfer services operate between the airport and Portimao / 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 Women’s Cycling Training Camps offer 4* Hotel accommodation at Praia da Rocha, the ideal location to relax after your ride each day.
Depending on availability, we suggest the Tivoli Marina Portimao Resort, quality studios within a nautical complex on the River Arade and a short 400m walk to the Beach and Restaurants. Also the luxury accommodation of the 4* Jupiter Algarve Hotel and Jupiter Marina Hotel.

Tivoli Marina Portimao Algarve Resort 4 Star          Jupiter Algarve Hotel 4 Star Praia da Rocha          Jupiter Marina Hotel Couples & Spa

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!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Womens Cycling Training Camp Portugal.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
Depending on availability and size we have several brands available including Focus, Sensa and Giant carbon bikes are recent models with Shimano Ultegra or 105 componentry.

Focus Izalco Max Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-29          Sensa Guilia Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-29          Giant TCR 2 Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-30

Your ‘Womens Cycling Training Camp’ includes:

  • 6 Nights quality 4* Hotel 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

Portugal Training Camp Highlights:

  • Small training group individual tailored
  • Quality ride week 300 – 500 km (185 – 310 miles)
  • International professional coaching (over 20 years) of all ages and abilities of women ensuring a perfect week in the saddle.
  • Different training routes each day on quiet traffic free roads of the natural Algarve
  • Variety of climbs for all abilities including Alto do Foia (900m)
  • Portugal Europes sunny (10 – 25c) secret cycling destination
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