Ride across portugal
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As an official Tour Operator of the 2018 Ride Across Portugal, Altitude Training is delighted to give you the opportunity to experience the beautiful county and gastronomy of Portugal in the most professional way. With pro-level mechanic, therapists, support vehicle, team booth at every start and finish, the best accommodation and anything you'll need to make your Ride Across Portugal a successful one.
A Road Cycling Stages Event crossing Portugal, from North to South.
From June 3rd to 9th the second edition of Ride Across Portugal will cross Portugal from Chaves on the mountainous northern border to Faro in the sunny south coast.
Five stages, over 740 kilometers will challenge the participants not only on their fit but also on their senses by discovering the diversity and history of a whole country, in a week full of emotions, friendship and cycling.
The challenge is to complete the five demanding stages in the limit time required for security, but there will be some timed segments along each stage where the athletes can fight for stage and final rankings.
Don't forget that your guide will is the first winner of the Ride Across Portugal !
• Ride across the entire Portugal
• Visit Lisbon
• Pro Team level support, with the winner of the first edition as your guide.
Lisbon - LIS
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What's included ?
Airport transportation to and from the hotel in Arrival/Departure city (arrival and departure days only)
Altitude Training Welcome Pack
Fully supported in Energy/recovery food and drink by PowerBar Products
Training Plan and GPX files for use on Garmin bike computer
Buffet breakfast, post ride meal and dinner
4 stars Hotel
Altitude Training Cycling Kit
Mechanic & Therapist support
Experienced ride leader
Full Staff support throughout
Stages Cycling Power Meter available for rental
Video & Photographic footage
2018 Ride Across Portugal Entry
Discount on Altitude Training Camp products
Exclusive gift from Scicon
What's Not included ?
Travel Insurance (insure your tour here)
Alcoholic drink and minibar
Drink with meal
Stages Cycling power meter - 75 € (limited quantity
Altitude Training Crew will welcome you at Lisbon Airport. We'll spend our day exploring Lisbon area and city, do a bit of shopping and enjoy some great food !
After a great breakfast, we'll take the direction of Chaves, few kilometres away from the Spanish border. Your bike will be mounted by our mechanic there, we'll have the pre-race briefing and all registrations to do meanwhile.
We'll go for a small spin to make sure the bike is running smoothly. And just for the fun of it, why not riding to the Spanish border and change time zone !
The Ride Across Portugal stage 1 starts from Chaves, a city located really close to the portuguese northern boarder with Spain and it’s where the National Road N2 has its Km 0 landmark.
The 1st part of this stage will take the riders through successive ups and downs without major difficulties, crossing the norther landscape of Trás-os-Montes region. The next kilometers will be spent pedaling between the sloped terraced ground of vineyards so characteristic of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro region.
This will lead the caravan to the Douro river crossing in the city of Peso da Régua right before the gradient starts increasing towards the Mézio summit, with its 1000mt of elevation located in the Montemuro mountain. This will be the highest point of all the R.A.P. course.
Stats : 173km - 2800M+
Viseu is the start line for the second day of this challenge and the athletes will have to ride trough the mainly flat roads of this district for the first third of the stage before they hit the banks of the Mondego river after the Aguieira dam.
After a few kilometers riding along the longest portuguese river comes one first climb leaving from its valley. But this one is only the warm up to a longer second ascent, crossing the Lousã mountain. Both considered the main dificulties of the day.
Pedrógão Grande will host the finish line for the day where the “worriors” will haver their deserved rest over the great lake of the Cabril dam.
Stats : 148km - 2150M+
After follow the Zêzere river for the first kilometers, the participants will gradually leave the northern and center montains of Portugal and getting in to the flatter landscapes of the Alentejo, not before they climb to the mainland portuguese geodesic center located at the Melriça peak.
The Tejo river will deeply mark the change in the scenery that sorrounds the R.A.P. course.
The last part of the stage will face some of the flatest section of the entire course and the riders will be easy rolling to Ponte de Sor where everybody will have the chance to enjoy some extra free time, provided by this shorter and faster stage, to recover for the following two stages.
Stats : 125km - 1430M+
The story of this stage is marked by the unique Alentejo landscape.
The aparently flat profile for the day doesn’t make justice to the thougness of the ride and the participants will experience in the flesh as they progress in the stage, that idea of the Alentejo being flat is a myth.
The constantly ondulating road framed by sunflowers filds colouring the horizon, cork tree forests and golden plains of cereals as large as the eye can see, wil take the participants to the small village of Albernoa, right in the middle of the this amazing country landscape.
Stats : 163km - 1140M+
The tipical Alentejo landscape and its white painted houses still dominate the scenery of the first parto f the last stage.. Continuing heading south and the race will enter the Algarve and with that, another significant change in the race. The mountains are back to challenge the participants for the last big difficulty of the Ride Across Portugal.
The climb that will take the riders through the Caldeirão mountain will end shortly after the top at Barranco do Velho, an iconic mountain pass where many editions of the Volta ao Algarve where decided, right before the downhill to Faro, where the R.A.P. will end.
The Ria Formosa, bathing the capital of the Algarve and bringing to the city the breeze and water from the Atlantic Ocean, will be the perfect place to the finishing party and welcome all the participants in this great multi-stage challenge that cross Portugal from North to South.
Stats : 148km - 1080M+
The bikes will be packed on the previous day by our mechanic. We will leave Faro right after breakfast and drive you back to Lisbon airport after what has been a wonderful journey across Portugal !