Alentejo, Cycling Portugal, Reports

Alentejo gallery

Here's some inspiration for anyone thinking of a trip to Portugal... not my work but a gallery of photos from Bulgarian rider Nora Gavazova. I was able to help Nora with some route advice while she was in the Alentejo earlier this year and she kindly sent me these pictures. She's also added some useful… Continue reading Alentejo gallery

Cycling Portugal, guided tours, touring routes

Cycle Tours – Thinking Out Loud

So, is it time to expand? Stop just providing advice to fellow cyclists and start running guided tours of Portugal? Over the last few years the Pedal Portugal website seems to have taken over my life. Visitors to the site went up from around 3,000 in 2013 to more than 13,000 in 2014 - and… Continue reading Cycle Tours – Thinking Out Loud

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

Test Riders Needed

The next Pedal Portugal guidebook - 'Cycling The Algarve' - is on its way and I'm looking for test riders interested in trying out some of the routes. The new book will basically be in three parts. The first will be a touring route based on the existing Algarve Adventure, which is a six-stage route… Continue reading Test Riders Needed

General, Guidebooks, Maps, Rides & Routes, touring routes

Oh Google Maps… Why, Why, Why?

Over the past few years I've spent many, many hours carefully putting together route maps for cyclists coming to Portugal and putting them on the Pedal Portugal website - but now Google seems to have messed up the lot! What is it with these companies that feel they have to keep changing things?  I used the old version… Continue reading Oh Google Maps… Why, Why, Why?

Algarve, Cycling Portugal, Guidebooks, Rides & Routes

A Testing Test Ride

I had a tough but wonderful ride into the hills of the Algarve today as I continue to check bits of the route for the next Pedal Portugal guidebook - which is going to cover the western half of the region. Although I've ridden quite a few of the roads involved (and am getting lots of guidance… Continue reading A Testing Test Ride

Algarve, Cycling Portugal, Guidebooks, Rides & Routes

Winter Riding

With most of Europe in the grip of winter, January seems a good time to put together a new touring route for Portugal's Algarve region - which provides some of the best opportunities for cycling anywhere on the continent at this time of year. Look carefully at a map and you can see how far down the Algarve… Continue reading Winter Riding

Cycling Portugal, Northern Portugal, Rides & Routes, Video

Rides In The North

It's taken nearly two months but I'm finally updating the Pedal Portugal site with details of some great bikes in the north of the country. I've completed details of three rides so far. Well, possibly four as one ride is made up of two loops that could be done as two separate circuits. So far,… Continue reading Rides In The North

Alentejo, Cycling Portugal, Guidebooks

First Guidebook

It's taken a few months of work but the first Pedal Portugal guidebook has just been published. As far as I'm aware there are no other guides like it so hopefully it'll be a hit! The Alentejo Circuit is now out in both both print and Kindle versions - and hopefully will be number one in… Continue reading First Guidebook

Beiras, Cycling Portugal, Images, Northern Portugal, Rides & Routes

Wild & Wonderful

Completed a 41m/66km ride today through one of the quietest and most unspoilt corners of Portugal I've ever seen. After a couple of weeks in the far north, Carolyn and I are back in the Beira Alta, exploring the area just south of the Douro valley and just west of the Spanish border. I knew… Continue reading Wild & Wonderful

Cycling Portugal, General, Maps, Northern Portugal

Mapping Frustration

I used to think Michelin maps were good but I'm beginning to have my doubts. It's not so much faults with what they do show, more all the stuff they leave out. I've spent the past nine days exploring the north-east corner of Portugal, trying to work out new day rides and touring routes to… Continue reading Mapping Frustration