Cycling Portugal, General, Reports, Rides & Routes

A Portuguese Love Affair – Part II

Just over six years ago, I began work on the Pedal Portugal website. This post continues the story of how it all came about. Part I explained how my wife Carolyn and I arrived in the county for the first time in 2005 as part of a year-long tandem trip - and how we fell in love with… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part II

Alentejo, Algarve, Cycling Portugal, General, Rides & Routes

A Portuguese Love Affair – Part I

The Pedal Portugal website has now been going for six years - I wrote the inaugural post on 18th August 2011 for what was then a pretty basic site. Since then, it's fair to say that Pedal Portugal has come to play a major part in my life. As well as maintaining this site and trying to… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part I

Cycling Portugal, General, Reports

Pros & Cons Of Portugal

Canadian riders Tim and Joanell Storm, from Victoria BC, have recently returned from their first cycle trip through Portugal. Former high school teacher Tim (60) and Joanell (56), who worked in a hospital laboratory, are recently retired. Their time in Portugal had many high points, from strangers buying them coffee to watching fishermen sort their catch on… Continue reading Pros & Cons Of Portugal

Cycling Portugal, General, Images

Oh For A Few Spare Million

I don't often buy lottery tickets but if I ever had a few million to spare I know what I'd love to do - convert some more of Portugal's old railway lines into decent cycle trails. The country has so much potential. But so few good quality off-road cycle routes of any length. There is the… Continue reading Oh For A Few Spare Million

Alentejo, Cycling Portugal, General, Images

The Portuguese Discoveries

Keep going back to the same place and it's easy to get complacent. To think you're an expert and you've pretty much discovered all there is to see and experience. But, despite visiting Portugal on a frequent basis since 2005 (and living there well over two years), I was delighted to discover this year that the… Continue reading The Portuguese Discoveries

Algarve, Cycling Portugal, guided tours

Happy Memories

I'm now back in the UK after completing the second Algarve Winter Tour, which involved taking seven riders (six Canadians and one American) on a circuit around the south-west corner of Portugal. Pedal Portugal's second ever guided tour was great fun. Everything seemed to go even more smoothly this time. No punctures, some great cycling, good… Continue reading Happy Memories

Cycling Portugal, General, guided tours

Last Chance For Early Birds

If you fancy joining Pedal Portugal on a guided cycle tour this year then you've got just over two days left to take advantage of the 10% discount on offer for early bird bookings. Since completing my first ever tour - the inaugural Algarve Winter Tour - I've now got the first reviews from riders who took part.… Continue reading Last Chance For Early Birds

Algarve, Cycling Portugal, guided tours, Images

Algarve Tour – Photo Gallery 2

The first Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour ended on Tuesday when we arrived back in Lagos at the end of our nine-day circuit. It was a fantastic trip around the south-west corner of Europe and all the riders seemed to have enjoyed themselves despite the 'undulating' terrain! (There's a new Reviews page where a couple of… Continue reading Algarve Tour – Photo Gallery 2

Cycling Portugal, guided tours, Images

Algarve Tour – Photo Gallery

It's now day four of the first ever Pedal Portugal guided tour...and it seems to be going more or less to plan so far. The weather's been kind, my group of riders is great and we haven't had too many hiccups. Just a few flat tyres on the first day, a snapped gear hanger, and a… Continue reading Algarve Tour – Photo Gallery