Ride Across Algarve 2021

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COVID-19 Update

February 2021 is still quite some time away. 

We remain positive and we will continue to monitor the situation. We will keep all our riders up to date about the status of our future Tours.

This situation is completely new and unknown, so if:  

  • We have to postpone 2021's tour, your registration will receive priority for 2022.  
  • If you have not registered for our February 2021 tour, we ask you to book ASAP so that we know how many riders are wanting to come to join us for RAP. So we can plan further steps.  

 

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2021 Event

Eleven Day Fully Catered Tour

Starting and Concluding in Lisbon:

Saturday 13 February to Tuesday 23 February 2021

 

Event Dates for Ride Across Algarve in combination with the Volta ao Algarve:

Registration on Tuesday 16 February to Sunday 21 February 2021 

 

Date of Algarve Granfondo:

Sunday 21 February 2021 

 

Dates of the Five Day Volta ao Algarve and VIP Access to the Event:

Wednesday 17 February to Sunday 21 February 2021

(Dates TBC by the UCI Calendar)

 

  • Total kilometres 760km 
    • Total ascent 11,400m

 

Our focus is you and your success during your cycling holiday 

 


 

The extras twowheeltours provides for the best possible experience:

Airport Transfers / Accommodation / Massage / Mechanic / Bike Servicing / Half Board / Cars & Bags on Course / Staff at Rest Stops, Starts & Finishes / Ride Nutrition / Non Rider Partner Program

 

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In 2021 We Will Have Very Limited Number of Exclusive Places On Our Fully Catered Tour 

 

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twowheeltours  is looking forward to attending the first offical Ride Across Algarve [RAA] in 2021.

 

This event is an extension from the organisers of Ride Across Portugal [RAP]. twowheeltours has been involved with RAP since its inception in 2017.

  

twowheeltours will offer a VIP Eleven Day tour in combination with the 2021 RAA. We will start the tour in the superb sea-side village of Cascais (30 minutes from Lisbon) before heading to the south of Portugal to the Algarve for the RAA event which is in combination with the Volta ao Algarve (UCI 2.HC Event).

 

To start the tour, riders can expect some relaxed riding around Cascais and the spectactular UNESCO Sintra area.

 

Then during the event riders can expect, hills, flat stages and also participate in the Algarve Granfondo.

 

There are countless highlights to riding in Portugal including the quiet roads, food and wine. Plus there is the added benefit of being involved in the RAA event. Post each day, riders will stay in top level accomodation and experience sublime dinners. 

 

We cannot wait to get back to this amazing country and ride through some iconic costal towns and villages in the Algarve. 

 

Tour of Algarve Riders

 

Why Ride Across Algarve

More about the tour:

  • The tour will again start and finish in Cascais (30 minutes from Lisbon)
  • twowheeltours will offer an Eleven Day Tour in combination with the event
  • Top level accomodation including the Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa which was used in James Bond's On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Ride Across Algarve is a Five Day Event
  • VIP Access to Volta ao Algarve (UCI 2.HC Event) - including access to finish line and Pro-team trucks plus our riders will stay at the same accomodation as the Pros 
  • Entry into the one day Algarve Granfondo
  • We will have our trailer on tour so you can ride as much of each stage as you would like
  • Car and staff on course 
  • Private masseur and mechanic
  • Bag logistics 

 

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Algarve Details 2021

2021 Itinerary 

Day 1 - Riders arrive and collected from Lisbon Airport (LIS) or Lisbon Hotels and transferred to Cascais - 30 mins drive from LIS. Check-in and afternoon ride ~30-40km
Day 2 - Morning ride ~70km through the National Park around UNESCO Sintra and go to the western most point of Europe. Finish at a magical restaurant right on the Atlantic.

Day 3 - Head South towards the Algarve and spend the night roughly half way between Cascais and the Algarve. Afternoon ride ~30-40km. 

Day 4 - Morning ride ~70km from our hotel before lunch in the village. Then drive down to the event hotel. Afternoon registeration open for Ride Across Algarve 

Day 5 - Stage One : TBC to TBC

110km with 1,300m ascent

Day 6 - Stage Two : TBC to TBC

100km with 1,800m ascent

Day 7 - Stage Three : TBC to TBC

120km with 1,400m ascent

Day 8 - Stage Four : Évora to Mértola

90km with 2,000m ascent

Day 9 - Stage Six : Algarve Grandfondo

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

Day 10 - Trasfer to Cascais and celebratory final meal 

Day 11 - Riders depart from Cascais/Lisbon

 

For the Full Itineray - please email us

 

Highlights for the riders

  • Opportunity to ride nine days
  • 20 > 120k days on offer 
  • Opportunity for rest days
  • All rides with a guide and support vehicle + photographer
  • During the event there will be twowheeltours support vehicles on course
  • Ride as much as you would like of each stage as we will have our customised trailer
  • Amazing food
  • Mechanic and masseur on staff
  • City and cultural  tours  

 

Included on tour

  • Transfers to and from Lisbon Airport / Lisbon Hotels to and from Cascais
  • 10 nights and 11 days on tour
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • RAA Event Entry
  • VIP Access to all the stages of Volta ao Algarve
  • Race/Ride Enty to Algarve Grandfondo
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation in top level hotels
  • Our own dedicated massaeur and mechanic
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks
11 Day Package and Price for Algarve

Price

€5,050 single supplement

€4,490 twin share supplement

Include Ride Across Algarve & Granfondo Entry

€2,200 to confirm your place 

 

€3,495 non-rider program - having your own guide, car and daily activities

 

twowheeltours covers all your land based expenses including transfers, accommodation and all meals. We will have our own mechanic and masseur to ensure you have the best possible experience during the event.

 

If you have any more questions, please email info@twowheeltours.com.au

Algarve Accommodation

Riders will still stay in fantastic hotels along the way. 

 

With the tour starting and finishing in Cascais - riders will stay at one of the best 5 Star hotels on the coast the Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa. This hotel is famous for being in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

 

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During the event, the hotels will offer the best comfort to recover from the stages.

 

Our riders will stay at the Official Ride Across Algarve hotels.

 

They are an important part of the experience during the  participation of the event and will further enhance your experience in beautiful Portugal. 

 

Riders will stay in 4 and 5 stars hotels which are the same Hotel groups as the main Pro Tour teams - such as Ineos, Quick Step, Trek, Cofidis and others.

 

The hotels where riders we will stay are - TBC:

 

Ride Across Algarve FAQ

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on the event. twowheeltours has our own masseur, mechanic, bag logistic manager and tour manager who rides each day with our riders. 

  

Why do the event?

Participating in Ride Across Algarve [RAA], as a rider, beside the challenge and excitement of riding similar courses to Volta ao Algarve [VAA], will allow the riders to explore some of the best roads which Portugal has to offer. At the end of the rides during RAA, our clients will have VIP access to the finish at the VAA .

 

Why VAA?

Each year, Volta ao Algarve marks the world cycling calendar, as one of the first stage events held in Europe. The good weather and the 5 challenging stages with balanced profiles between the mountain and the flatter roads attract the Continental and the World Pro Tour main teams and cyclists to this professional competition.

 

Fabian Cancelara, Alberto Contador, Tom Boonen, Gerainth Thomas, Vicenzo Nibali, Alexander Kristoff, Daniel Martin,  Michal Kwiatkowski, Rohan Dennis, Philippe Gilbert, Tadej Pogacard and Remco Evenepoel are some of the cyclists of the Wall of fame of Tour of Algarve the last five Editions.

 

The less stress lived by riders and teams on the beginning of the season and the portuguese special touch provides VAA with a very special spirit and a friendly ambiance that allows a proximity to cyclists that is very difficult to experience on another occasion throughout the year.

  

What Pro Level Experience will you get? 

The Ride Across Algarve is official partner of the Volta ao Algarve organisation. This partnership allows to share some of the most important spaces and moments with the Pro Tour and Continental main teams that participate on the of the Volta ao Algarve pro competition.

 

Our riders will stay in the same hotels of the main teams, and sharing each Ride Across Algarve stage with part of the Volta ao Algarve stages, including the start and the finish areas will offer to each Ride Across Algarve participant an exclusive experience.

 

Food and wine on tour

Food and wine is a massive part of Portuguese life and they love to eat out. Theire cuisine relies heavily on the Atlantic Ocean and the produce grown throughout the country.

 

We have been going to Lisbon for several years now and cannot wait to take you to some of the little holes in the wall to exeperience some breathtaking meals.  

 

Then when you are in the Algarve, which is known for its wealth of seafood, spices and olive oil, expect whole octopus slathered in olive oil, soups bobbing with beans and their unrivalled 'Cataplanas'. Then there is the dessert don’t miss the bite-size egg custards gently dusted with powdered sugar.

 

Then there is the wine, our clients will experience wine from the UNESCO Douro Region plus wines from the Algarve during the fully catered 11 day tour. 

 

Why Algarve and Why RAA?

Ride Across Algarve was adapted from the Ride Across Portugal concept. The premise is to discover some of the best Algarve sceneries. During RAA, there will be challenging stages, with timed sections and pit stops, designed on quiet roads surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Offering all riders the perfect mix between sport, and local culture and gastronomy. 

 

Why Lisbon?

Lisbon is a fantastic city, it is a rough diamond and different to most major cities in EU. Different in a good way. We will have a chance to explore it at the start and finish of the tour. We will do one ride from our hotel and on the second day we will drive out to Sintra (UNESCO) to do a fantastic ride which will finish at the sea-side for a truly amazing lunch.   

  

What will your Ride Across Algarve day will look like?

  • 0700 and 0800 Wake up between  
  • 0800 and 0900 Breakfast, all breakfasts are included during the tour
  • Breakfast will be in the same spaces and services as the Pro cyclists
  • Drop your mussette(s) at reception, you will see those bags again on course/at the stage finish, they will be with the twowheeltours ON COURSE vehicles. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing at the rest stops. For you finish bag you can pack comfortable shoes, t-shirt or wind vest and any other clothes 
  • You will see our ON COURSE vehicles during each stage for assistance. It varies as to which rest stop they are for each stage, due to weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a twowheeltours staff member to welcome you. You can get a cold drink, offer you something to eat, pass along your mussette and give you directions to lunch and the location of the hotel 
  • 0930-1000 Departure from hotel for the stage of the day start zone
  • 1100 Ride Across Algarve Stages Begin
  • 1530 First Ride Across Algarve athletes arrive
  • 1600 Last Ride Across Algarve athletes arrive
  • Recovery meal, coffee and drinks at the Ride Across Algarve VIP Zone

  • 1645 Watch the arrival of Volta ao Algarve stage of the day (VIPTerrasse)

  • 1715 Departure back to the Official Hotel

  • 1745 Arrive hotel and massages are available
  • 1930 Dinner with twowheeltours and the other riders
  • 2100 Briefing for riders is held at our hotel - a representative from twowheeltours will be at the briefing to collect information to share with you at dinner

 

Extras you will receive

  • Entrance to Algarve Granfondo
  • Ride Across Algarve cycling jersey
  • Ride Across Algarve polo-shirt
  • Ride Across Algarve Official Official travel bag (40 liters THULE duffle bag)
  • Ride Across Algarve Road-book and GPX track of every stages
  • Medical team who are also on the road during the event and at each finish village
  • Mechanical support during the race and at the villages
  • Start of the stage under the same starting arch of Volta Algarve stage of the day
  • Each Ride Across Algarve stage share part of the course of the VA stage of the day
  • Signalized courses
  • Timed sections on each stage (3 or 4 for each one)
  • Pit stops with feed stations (1 or 2 for each stage), with food (sandwiches, fruit, energy bars and local specialities), and drinks (water juices, cola, coffee and energy drinks)
  • Security Stage Control – with tracker devices to follow the position of each athlete during the stage 
  • Support vehicles
  • Sweep wagon
  • End of the stage under the finish arch of Volta ao Algarve stage of the day
  • Ride Across Algarve Official Finisher medal

 

Extras during Volta ao Algarve

  • VIP Recovery zone, with medical and mechanical assistance
  • Recovery meal
  • VIP Lounge with fresh drinks and coffe
  • Access to the Volta ao Algarve VIP zone, including the VIP Terrasse to watch the arrival of the pro competition stage of the day

 

Extras during Algarve Granfondo

  • Algarve Granfondo Registration 
  • VIP access to start from the front starting box
  • Transfer from the offical hotel to start and finish of Algarve Granfondo
  • Ride Across Algarve VIP Zone on the start and finish zone of Algarve Granfondo
  • Mechanical assistance and VIP support during the Algarve Granfondo 
  • Recovery VIP zone on the final of Algarve Granfondo
  • Post event massage by twowheeltours staff

 

Other benefits which are available but not necessarily needed as you are on thetwowheeltours package:

  • Video of the event produced and published to youtube  

 

What time does the ride start each day?

As this is Portugal, there is no rush and the rider for RAA depart at 1100.

 

What time does the race finish each day?

This depends on the length of the day and how fast you ride, anywhere from 1500 through to 1600.

 

Is there a minimum speed average?

No, there is also a lantern rouge who rides at the back of the event.

 

What is there to do at the end of the days rides?

Watch and welcome in the pro-riders from each stage during Volta ao Algarve in the VIP area and enojy some delicious food.

 

Once back at the hotel, shower, talk to other riders, take a nap, rehydrate, grab a massage then eat and drink some more. There is generally a reasonable amount of time to relax before dinner. We mention eat twice, you may not feel like eating but this is one of the most important things you can do at the end of each stage. Even if you arrive into the finish at 4:00pm, which is 'past' a normal lunch time, you will NOT make it to dinner if you do NOT EAT.

 

What is the weather like:

Avg Temps : for the time we are in Lisbon 9 > 16C OR 48 > 61 F // Altura (South Coast) 8 > 17C OR 46 > 62 F

 

What other support over and above that provided by the Ride Across Algarve organisation does twowheeltours offer?

We are a Fully Catered tour, we provide you with all land based transfers from the closest airport / train station / your hotel in the host city, three nights pre and two nights post event in top level accommodation (four or five star), top level accommodation (four or five) during the Volta ao Algarve, all meals, drinks including alcohol, bag logistics, staff on course and also at the finish line of each stage, staff member riding the course taking photos*, laundry, non-rider partner program with their own guide and daily activities, cooler and baskets stocked with extra food and beverages post race and personalised attention. 

 

You will also see twowheeltours staff on course during each stage. Each morning riders will drop their mussettes / feed station bags at our hotel's reception which will be taken to the designated rest stops. Riders receive a musette (back pack) from twowheeltours to be on course. In this riders can put clothes / food / bottles etc.  Each stage varies but you will usually see two twowheeltours staff members on each stage. 

 

*Bring an 8G thumb drive and receive the photos for nothing at the end of the trip.  Or if you have an Apple Product we can Air Drop.

 

How hard is the Ride Across Algarve?

This event is open to all abilities. The RAA is designed on flatter and mountain roads with each stage having an approximate distance of 110 km/75 miles and 1.500 m of accumulated climbs. 

 

Yes, you will need to be able to ride 760km over the entire 11 day tour, which includes the five stages during RAA plus a total ascent of 11,400m during full tour. As with all of these types of events, you MUST do some training before coming. The fitter you are, the more fun you will have. 

 

The stage profiles will be released soon, below is the information so far for 2021

 

RAA Courses 2021

 

 

There is a 'race' aspect if you want to participate but there is no need to if you just wish to complete the course.

  

Is it a ride or a race?

The very front of the event will go hard while most of the other riders are there to complete the stages and can do so at their own leisure. This is not an event for people who want to ride 50km a day, riders need to have done some big training days and it will also help if riders have done some group rides, so that you can work together to assist in getting through each day. 

  

An 11 day tour can be a long time, especially when it is your first multi-day event. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the rest of the week. 

 

Can I have a rest day?

Yes, no worries. Any day which you wish to take off the bike is possible. We want you to have a holiday and there is no pressure from us.

 

I think I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience and who has completed many cyclo-sportives.

 

We like to encourage riders that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 

 

We have a range of coaches who we highly recommend. For further details on training programs, costs etc - CLICK HERE

   

You're an Australian tour company, do you have riders on your tours who are not from Australia?

We have clients on our tours from all over the world, Russia, Australia, NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do tours with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 

 

Rooming

All prices listed are single supplement. For dual occupancy, other than your husband/wife/partner, please email us on info@twowheeltours.com.au

  

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet. We have never had problems getting on line with multiple devices for the one person - so using your mobile, laptop etc is okay.

 

What about transporting my bike to the event?

Packing your bike with care and in a specific case. This is the safest way to get your bike to the start of the event in one piece. LINK

 

I have never boxed my bike before, how do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK.

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag since 2012 - the same exact one! They have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had any damages and it is easy to use. To make life a bit easier, we use the following two 'additions' - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike box but once you are back at home, the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip, it takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - but it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models - LINK or Scicon Bags - LINK or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews - LINK OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. Our mechanic will be there to assist. With a rather substantial amount of cyclists on our tour we highly recommend and encourage that you the cyclist be able build and break down your bike.

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be a Toolcase which includes all the major tools. There is also a bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had troubles transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there has never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm. Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour as per listed above including track pumps - also our mechanic is there is assist with any other needs.

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, brake pads (especially for those using disc brakes!) levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended packing list.

 

During the RAA riders will need to be somewhat self sufficient. The event has roaming mechanics and they will be able to assist where needed but will not change tubes for you. It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires, if it gets to that point, available at stage finishes. 

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre RAA, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. At each village our mechanic is there to help. If you so wish, you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day - they will be wiped down. 

 

Gearing

You can bring your bike 'as is'. You will not be riding massive mountains so a compact crank is not mandatory. Some riders prefer standard cranks, it is up to the rider. The majority of our clients have a standard or compact crank and 11-28, this is fast changing to where a lot of our riders are arriving with a 32 on the rear. 

 

Insurance + cycling licence

You MUST organise your own travel insurance. You MUST make sure all aspects, medical, flights etc. are covered.

  

For Australians, twowheeltours can recommend www.velosure.com.au - they are aware of our insurance needs. Each policy will differ due to a variety of circumstances, ie age and dates travelled etc. They are happy to assist in giving an obligation free quote. Please head to their website for more information. 

 

Swimming in Europe 

The majority of swimming pools in Europe have a rule that swimming shorts are banned with 'speedos' being required. They state this because of health and hygene reasons. Please make sure you pack your speedos so that you can enjoy a swim after your hard earned ride.

 

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

No.

 

A medical certificate signed by your Dr stating that you are fit for cycling is required. You will receive this once you have completed the RAA registration. Once you have it signed by your Dr, please pack it so that it is with you for the start of the tour. 

 

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. The food in Europe is not the same as 'home'. The food in Portugal is amazing and it is one of the highlights of the tour. 

 

As this is a Fully Catered tour we supply you with all meals. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch and dinner during the event. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

 

If you are a vegetarian please note that being in Europe it is very difficult to get enough protein and we highly recommend that you bring your own supplements. We have had some clients who have mentioned that getting enough protein was much harder than they had imagined.

 

Wine

Portugal has become one of the most interesting wine producers in the world, with Portuguese wines winning awards and more and more fans around the globe. Our riders and companions will taste some of the wines which have put Portugal on the top of the world wine producers.

 

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Below we list what you will find at rest stops. If you are hoping to purchase supplements along the way please remember that most host villages are VERY remote and most likely will not have what you want. 

 

Want more information about Specific Sports Nutrition for the RAP - Chloe McLeod is a Sports Dietitian who we used to help guide our clients to smarter eating for such events - more information click here

 

Food at rest stops

During each stage there are a number of  Rest Stops and these have: Fresh fruit - oranges and bananas; Dried fruit; Cereal bar; Cake; Water; Hydration powder; Energy bars and Energy gels. Plus local specialities - a real highlight of the event.

  

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

In regards to bringing your own powders and large tubs of powders, we have had clients bring their own from home and they have never had an issue. Most put powder into a zip lock bag, leaving the big tub at home. We would not recommend for you to bring copious amounts of gels/powders etc as there may be an issue. If travel/transit/arrival forms require, please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

Medical assistance during the RAA

Riders’ safety is the N°1 priority of the organisers of the RAA. Each year they entrust medical support to a team of professionals who are experienced with large endurance participation events (cyclosportives, running, trail running, adventure raids...).

 

The medical service on the RAA will be provided by a team emergency technicians and ambulances. For medical reasons, a participant can temporarily or permanently be withdrawn from the event. A medical emergency number will be put in place so that each participant can easily, in case of a medical problem, let the Event Organisation know.

 

How safe is the RAA?

The route is not closed to vehicles and ultimately YOU are responsible for your own safety whilst on your bike. The beauty of Portugal is that it is a 'quiet' country, the roads are not busy and with this new route, there will be even fewer cars/vehicles on the roads.

 

An “end of event” vehicle will close the event. All riders must respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the right hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect the road signs put in place by the organisation
  • To respect traffic lights
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the event
  • To wear your helmet at all times
  • To display your frame plate on the front of the handlebars at all times

 

Most stages start with a secured and non-timed convoy of all the participants, at a regulated speed, even for a few kilometers. Each rider has to respect the instructions given by the event management team. 

  

How fast is each stage, what level of cyclist do I need to be to complete the RAA?

There is no doubt about it, the fitter you are the more fun you will have. The other secret to finishing the tour is being able to complete 5 enjoyable days of cycling, back to back etc. Also do not stop for 30 mins at the rest stops, keep moving.

 

If you continue to cycle for the entire stage you will have a very good chance of getting back to the hotel at a decent time. The event organisers want people to finish and allowance is made for this to happen. 

 

Clothing and washing

It is recommended that riders bring at least 3 sets of cycling clothing. twowheeltours gives you a wash/laundry bag [WB] at the start of the tour. We will wash your kits twice during the tour. We will not put the WB in the dryer. On wash days there is a collection bag left near reception. Riders get their WB back before dinner.

  

Other info on what to bring can be found here. Unfortunately we cannot wash all your day to day clothes. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You can cycle in whatever gear you would like. It is not mandatory to cycle in the RAA kit.

 

Clothing

For the official dinners and functions - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.


I've booked my ticket via twowheeltours, what next?

You main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to complete some twowheeltours paper work which you will be emailed closer to the start of the event.

  

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours. You will also be required to complete a medical form from RAP - this form will need to be completed by a Certified Doctor and stamped by them. This is MANDATORY, if you do not have this you will NOT be able to ride. 

 

Location of Hotels

How close is the accommodation to the start/finish? Our riders stay at the event hotels and they are generally the start location for each stage. 

 

Non-riding partners

For non-riding partners - what activities are planned? This varies year to year. We take pride in offering those partners who do not ride the opportunity to have an enjoyable time, not just sit in the van and watch/wait for the riders. When your partner signs up we like to find out what he/she enjoys to do, whether that be hiking, visiting villages, cooking classes and/or markets and provide them with a variety of activities during the tour. Non-riding partners will catch up in the evenings with the riders. We all dine together and you will spend the night together.

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

  

What wheels should I bring?

Over the years we have ridden the RAA with the aluminium wheels, fitted with clincher tires. Please leave tubular tires at home. 

 

For those bringing disc brakes, please make sure that you bring at least 2 sets, 4 pads in total, of brand new brake pads. 

Advice for first time Multi-Day Events

twowheeltours has been lucky enough to have been involved with events such as the Haute Route (since 2011) and the Ride Across Portugal (since 2017) - both of their inception years. Since then, we have had hundreds of riders from +20 countries join us on cyclo-sportive tours.  

 

Some of the most important factors to remember:

 

Events like the Haute Route and Ride Across Portugal have been around for years and if this is your first multi-day, welcome to the family.

  

The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember, what goes up must come down and then there are all those rolling hills plus flat sections where teamwork is an advantage!

 

Make sure you have done some bunch riding.

 

Also, make sure you have done some riding in the rain. Nobody likes getting wet but there is always the chance that a stage may be a damp one.   

 

At the end of each tour, we ask our clients for advice for those who are attempting a multi-day cycling event:

 

Use a Tour Operator, twowheeltours.

Paolo - Italy 

 

If travelling with twowheeltours, you don't need to think of, or stress over, any details. Everything is taken care of.

Steve - Wales

 

Train, train and train.

Eimear - Ireland

 

Embrace the experience! Rain, punctures, cramp, bone-chilling cold, transfers - they are all part of what makes the Haute Route such a challenge. And talk to your fellow riders - everyone has a story to tell.

Adrian - Australia

 

Have the utmost confidence in the professionalism of twoweeltours and Will's staff.

Sergio - Italy

 

Preparation. Most important is consistent training and lots of it. Work on strength and endurance. Focus on getting the body to recover from a long day and be ready for the next.

Grant - Australia

 

Preparation and attention to detail. Put in the kms of training. This is not something that can be finished without true training preparation in the legs. Also, invest in a really good "butt butter" type product that works for you and figure out how to minimize saddle sore discomfort.

Paul - USA

 

Buy a Castelli Gabba!! [Prepare for all weather conditions]

Mark - Australia

 

Train - simulate actual event.

Stan - USA

 

Train a lot. Prepare for all weather conditions. Eat a lot on the bike. Take in the scenery.

Dave - Australia

 

Train, train and train to be able to enjoy the HR and not suffer every day.

Mike - Netherlands

 

Install a climbing cassette before you leave.

Stephen - Australia

 

Haute Route is a long event - bad days could be followed by good days...so take it easy the first two days and always pay attention to good nutrition.

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train for a solid three months including a significant amount of hill climbing. You must have a high dgree of fitness otherwise you are wasting your time. Also put on a 32 cassette. 

Noel - Australia

 

Don't allow the physical and psychological challenge of the HR to get in the way of enjoying the wonders associated with riding a bike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery one can find anywhere.

Paul - Switzerland

 

Arrive fit with experience of 10km climbs.

Geoff - Australia

 

Train, train and then train more. If your goal is too complete a seven day event, make sure you pace yourself on the first few days and then if you feel good you can increase your effort on the later stages. If your goal is to position as high as possible I now know that you need to push yourself hard from day 1! But no matter what your goal is just try and take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

Will - UK

 

Trust Will’s advice and descend within your abilities.

Bruce - Australia

 

Do the necessary hill training and endurance work. Use hill repeats if no long hills available.

Aidan - Ireland

 

Train, Prepare mentally, get use to eating a lot of food with heavy training. Learn the in’s and out’s of your bike, you will pick up early if something isn’t right.

Mitch - Australia

 

Don't pack too much cycling gear, there are wash days.

Graham - Australia

 

Train well, get a a couple of back to back days in ideally in mountain terrain.

Kieran - Ireland

 

Train hard. Seek advice from others. Understand you will be grinding / spinning up a slope for what main be two or more hours. Hopefully you are confident with that.

David - Australia

 

Keep riding, let Will tell you stories, use his energy, if everyone else is doing it you can too (in terms of fitness), relax and have fun. For Ride Across Portugal, it’s not a race it’s a ride, you literally have nothing else to do all day other than ride your bike.

Kristin - USA

 

It's worth getting fit for the trip rather than hoping you'll ride into it. If you're fitter and therefore don't struggle as much on the climbs you can enjoy the scenery.

Adrian - Australia

     

It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days. For a HR 3 day event, it is lot different from HR 7 day. 3 day with add-on tourism package means you can really enjoy it. I guess only advice would be to train right ahead of time. Make sure you are ready for climbing.

Brent - USA

 

I want to say do it with an organised group like twowheeltours but in hindsight, I appreciate that my first HR was done with friends only, doing all the extra bits myself. It made me really appreciate the luxury of Will & crew and how much easier it made the stages. So my real advice to a first timer is to ask advice, from people that you know that have done it before. Even regarding travel and best routes etc. Understand all the logistically elements before you arrive, so that you can have fun in the race and don't have to sweat the small stuff either side of the stages. It makes the whole event more relaxed and enjoyable

Jocelyn - Australia

 

Find an experienced coach and ask him to make a training plan for Haute Route. If the coach has done a Haute Route or done stage racing that would be better. Spend time on training as much as you can so that you will not regret. You need to do some 6+ hour days as part of your training.
Don't care about other riders who pass you. 
Keep your pace - the Haute Route is long.
Never work too hard especially on the first day.
Don't think about the upcoming passes and stages which remain, just concentrate on the climb or descend you are facing.

Kenji - Japan

 

Pace yourself - don't go full gas on day 1 or at the start of any stage unless you are an experienced stage racer.

David - Australia

 

Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep and you will enjoy it.

Michelle - Australia

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