For me, cycling has always been about much more than just turning the pedals and clocking up the miles (or kilometres), whether back home in England or touring through another country.
That’s why on the guided tours I’m running in Portugal I try to emphasise the fact that it’s all about what we see – and do – along the way rather than simply getting from A to B.
And my most recent group of eight lovely riders certainly took that philosophy to heart – from eating snails to going to a bullfight they were up for it all. (And they made a really valiant effort to sample as many of those superb Portuguese wines as they could!)
We spent 10 days riding together on a circuit around the north-east Alentejo and had wonderful fun. Our riders seemed to gel as a group right from the start and it was a sad moment when we posted them all off to Lisbon and said farewell at the end of the tour.
We had a huge amount of fun on this trip and these pictures from April’s inaugural Border Castles Tour tell part of the story. Some are taken by me but many are courtesy of Dave Vanlandingham, one of our ‘super’ team!