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

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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

Alentejo, Cycling Portugal, guided tours, Images

Border Castles Tour – Photo Gallery

  I've just been sent a whole load of pictures from one of the riders on the Border Castles Tour we ran in April. (Next one is in October.) Previous posts have talked about this tour so I won't write much. Instead I've picked out some of my favourite pictures. Thanks for sharing them, Bruce!    

Cycling Portugal, guided tours

New Route, New Schedule

A new list of Pedal Portugal guided cycle tours is now available, with planned dates looking as far ahead as June 2017. The revised and updated itinerary for this autumn (fall) includes two guided biking tours of the Alentejo - the Border Castles Tour (departs 9th October) and the Alentejo Circuit (departs 23rd October).    Also coming up in… Continue reading New Route, New Schedule

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

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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

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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

Algarve, Cycling Portugal, guided tours, Images

Algarve Winter Tour

Exciting news! (For me at least.) The first Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour takes place in 2016 - a 10-day circuit beginning from Lagos on January 31st. I've been thinking of setting up guided tours for a while as it seems the logical next step. I've been giving out advice on cycling in Portugal for… Continue reading Algarve Winter Tour


The Spice Of Life

Warning: this post has nothing to do with Portugal but it is about cycle touring (and why I haven't been posting any updates for the last month) so hopefully still of interest! To celebrate my 50th birthday - and in the interests of trying out the roads in a few countries I've never visited before… Continue reading The Spice Of Life