Ready To Ride

We’re flying back to Portugal this afternoon to get ready for the next Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour – this time for a new route. The Border Castles Tour goes through some of my favourite bits of the Alentejo. We start in Évora and over the next 10 days do an anti-clockwise circuit into the north-east corner of…

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…

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.…

Guinea Pigs On Tour

I’m starting to get excited. And a little bit nervous. In just seven days time I’ll be meeting the riders taking part in the very first Pedal Portugal guided tour. I’ve got five Brits, one Irishman, two Germans and two Canadians due to arrive in Lagos next Sunday, expecting me to lead them round the…

Research Is A Tough Job

It’s all turning into such a tough job. Getting ready for my first cycle tours means I’ve got to check out all the stops along the way – visit the hotels, the restaurants etc. Oh, I really feel I should ride the routes again (what a shame). Just in case any of the roads have been dug up or…

Time To Dream…Or Make It Real

Long, dark winter nights can be a time to dream. Maybe of rides to come. Like cycling across a sun-drenched landscape, taking winding back roads to visit hilltop villages, pausing to explore ancient castles… and enjoying a well-earned glass or two of wine at the end of the day. Sound good? Then instead of just…

Guided Tours of Portugal

Since announcing the first Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour in early October, I’ve been working hard to develop a range of tours for 2016* taking in a selection of the country’s different regions. *NOTE: This blog post was about plans for our first year of guided tours (2016) – to see what’s coming up in…