Algarve Bike Challenge is considered to be one of the most unique mountain stage bike races in the offroad cycling calendar. The 6th edition of the race was held over 3 days in the beautiful Portuguese Algarve region and the riders had to cover in total around 150km, with more than 3000m of elevation gain!
Single tracks, remote forests, historic and cultural sights, technical downhills and steep climbs are some of the key factors that make the Algarve Bike Challenge so unique.
With so many riders participating across five different categories, the event’s director Marco Fernandes knows that he has to deliver the best conditions to enable competitors to excel their performance.
The first prologue stage is the great warm up for the riders. The first big challenge for the riders is definitely the narrow streets and the centenary cobble stones of Tavira.
On the second stage, the riders move to the countryside – for the queen 2nd stage. Here, the riders come across the biggest and most demanding stage with an 80km distance and a 2,600m vertical elevation into Portuguese nature.
The third and final stage is under the Portuguese sun. Spectators cheer for a final time as the riders push themselves to their limits… crossing rivers, making aggressive turns… and facing muddy conditions over the 70km course.