The Alentejo with World Bicycle Relief

$7,950

Join SRAM President Stan Day for an eight-day cycling adventure in Portugal, benefiting the life-changing work of World Bicycle Relief. You’ll get to know one of Europe’s most enchanting countries, all from the vantage point of your saddle. The riding is perfect for this time of the year and the effort is enough to warrant the extravagant meals we have planned – not that we really need an excuse. You’ll sample the best fare that each region has to offer: seafood straight from the ocean, traditional soups and sausages, beautiful broa, which is a traditional bread and world-renowned specialties that come from ancient and treasured local traditions. 

On this point-to-point odyssey starting in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe, you’ll head south toward Alentejo, and find your way to the countryside for some well-deserved wine-tasting. And after a long day riding and a quite possibly a longer evening eating and drinking, a hand-picked selection of some of Portugal’s finest hotels will ensure that you’ll be relaxed and rested and ready to do it all again the next day.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM Red WiFLi eTap components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Lisbon

Finish Location:

Lisbon

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

12-16

Total Distance:

550km

Total Elevation:

4,950m

Longest Day:

Day 2. Setúbal - Évora. 97km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 7. Monsaraz Loop. 925m

...

Day by Day Breakdown

1

Setúbal Test Ride

Bem-vindo a Portugal! Lisbon is beautiful, but too busy for cycling, so we’ll start our trip just south of the city, along the coast in Setúbal, where we'll be staying at the Pousada de Palmela, a remarkable hotel that offers 21st century luxury within the walls of a 15th century monastery. This 50km loop may be relatively short, but has some good climbing in it and we guarantee it will work out the cobwebs from the flight. The other reason for this test ride is to make sure that you’re comfortable on your Pinarello. If something is not quite right, this is the time to have the mechanic make any adjustments. We’ll descend down to the coast, and climb through the hills south of Palmela, which boast fantastic views out over the Atlantic.
2

Setúbal - Évora

Today we will take a short van ride to Alcaçer do Sal and the start of our ride. Our finish line is in Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s oldest towns, that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. We’ll be staying at the wonderful Convento da Espinheiro, a convent dating back to the 1500’s. It has been lovingly converted into a luxury modern hotel. We guarantee that it will leave an impression. For anyone who wants a big day in the saddle (130km), we will start our ride from the hotel early in the morning.
3

Estremoz Loop

Today our course takes us near the town of Estremoz and is predominantly rolling terrain the entire day. Estremoz is the largest of Alentejo’s “marble towns”, and crowned by a castle founded in 1258. This was the residence of King Dinis and his wife Queen Saint Isabel in the early 14th century and the backdrop for the legend of the Miracle of the Roses. The king disapproved of his queen giving alms to the poor, so Isabel hid the bread she was carrying for them in the folds of her skirt. When the suspicious king asked her to show him what she was carrying, the bread had miraculously turned into roses. For dinner we will dine at Fialho in Évora where the 14th century streets form a maze of narrow winding lanes that protect the striking architecture.
4

Évora Loop

Today we ride through the middle of Alentejo: Portugal’s ‘garden’. The majority of this region is rolling and covered in expansive cork plantations, wheat fields and vineyards. The Alentejo region offers unexpected surprises, from ancient dolmens and superbly sited castles to Roman ruins. Our ride today will be towards the southwest on roads that are ideally suited for riding in groups with long straight aways that are sometimes windy.
5

Évora - Barrocal

One of the characteristic things about Portugal you may have noticed by now are the distinctive villages we've been rolling through. These small villages form the center of life for people here in Portugal, and the café's are the gathering place. Today we will leave Évora and continue our journey eastwards towards the Spanish border and the deepest heart of the Alentejo. Be prepared for some larger hills as the landscape becomes more rugged and the creeks have carved some deeper ravines and valleys. At the end of the day we will be welcomed into the new farmhouse turned resort, Barrocal.
6

Barrocal Loop

The ranch of Barrocal has been owned same family for eight generations. Well, not quite. In the 1950's during Portugal's brief foray into a dictatorial government the ranch was nationalized, but eventually reacquired by the family of José Uva and recently renovated and modernized into its current form as a luxury hotel. Our ride today will explore some of the surrounding villages and agricultural centers towards the north.
7

Monsaraz Loop

The quiet country roads cutting past farmer’s fields and among the cork oaks follow the historical tracks that have criss-crossed this region for centuries. The landscape here is characterized by the region’s many cork oaks dotted across the horizon. Our ride today begins with a short ride to the nearby castle of Monsaraz. From the walls of this imposing fortress you will be able to see for kilometers, and kilometers. You will understand why this bastion was of such significance in the defense of this region. After we depart from the castle our last ride will enjoy more of the rolling hills of this beautiful region.
8

Depart for Home

Today we depart for home. After a great week of discovering the rolling hills and fields of the Portuguese Alentejo countryside, we are headed back to Lisbon.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820