Tavira Historical Center
Friday, February 7th 2020
3 Km – 35 of climbing
The Algarve Bike Challenge debuts with the traditional night prologue at the enchanter and historical area of Tavira city. Along the narrow old cobbled streets with its natural light the circuit is short but very intense, providing a boost of adrenaline, in a beauty and historical environment. In this place along generations lived phoenicians, ligures, Celts and Turdetans and, later, the Romans, Carthaginians, Suevi, Silingos, Alanos, Visigoths, Muslims and finally the Christians.
The show is guaranteed and the night prologue is for sure the perfect way to start the Algarve Bike Challenge!
Saturday, February 8th 2020
85,5 Km – 2200 mt of climbing
The 2nd stage of the Algarve Bike Challenge is the queen stage of the race. Tavira’s sierra is demanding and beside the maximum altitude of only 500mt high, the sierra orography looks like a saw so when you are not going down it means you are going up! Try to get some time to look at the view. The scenery is just awesome!
The first half of the race will be more demanding physically while the second half will be more technical with plenty of great singletracks.
In this stage you will have 3 feed stations. Alcaria Fria at km 27, Alto da Ameixeira at km 44 and Porto Carvalhoso at km 60.
Sunday, February 9th 2020
76 Km – 1450 of climbing
The 3rd and last stage of the Algarve Bike Challenge 2020 presents a very different course from past editions, and also very different from stage 2. In this day the riders will ride mostly at the barrocal part of the Algarve region which is located between the coast and the sierra or mountains. This area is much flatter although the terrain is rocky and technically more demanding with loose terrain, narrow trails and constant changes of direction. This is a characteristic from the barrocal.
The climbs will apear early on the stage and later on the last part of it. But one of the key moments of this stage is probably the rock garden climb around km 30. In this stage are 2 feed stations, at km 25 in Cerro da Cabeça and km 50 at Várzea do Vinagre.