This exhilarating ride covers approximately 210 miles from the Lisbon district of Costa da Caparica, to the former tranquil fishing village of Albuferia on the Algarve coast. A picturesque event that will take you from the stunning terrain of the Arrabida National Park, along the coastal routes of the Atlantic Ocean and across the foothills of the beautiful Algarve. The ride is designed to give those cyclists the perfect opportunity for a final warm down to their season before having to get their winter bike out! The Falling Leaves is an ideal end of season ride with glorious views, value for money and perfect cycling conditions.
Dates and Prices
Date of Event
15 – 19 October 2019
5 Days (3 cycling)
Day 1 – Arrival in Lisbon District (Costa da Caparica)
On arrival in Lisbon, you can check into your hotel in the Lisbon district of Costa da Caparica and have the option to explore the amazing sights Lisbon city centre has to offer (flight-times dependent). You will be greeted with Chapeau crew at registration who will provide all the details you need for your first days cycling. Your bikes will have arrived safely in advance and will be ready and waiting for you to start your challenge.
Day 2 – Costa da Caparica to Santo Andre
Approximate cycling distance 119km (74 miles)
Our challenge begins after breakfast, as we leave our hotel situated on the longest beach in the Lisbon area. Heading south towards the hills of the Parque Natural da Arrabida, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continuing on we cycle towards the city of Setubal, where a short ferry crossing directs to the unspoilt Troia Peninsula. Following the coastal road, we head through some truly sublime cycling country with relatively flat terrain, as our views stretch out across the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. After taking in all those scenic views we head for the beautiful city of Santo Andre, our stop for the night and is actually one of the youngest cities in the world! The accommodation for this evening boasts the largest eco friendly hotel in Portugal.
Day 3 – Santo Andre to Sao Teotonio
Approximate cycling distance 108km (67 miles)
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off continuing our journey southbound following the coastline on another day of relatively flat terrain and amazing coastal views. Whether you choose to rack up those speeds for a personal best, or meander along and savour those amazing views, the choice is yours. We continue on our travels cycling through the Portuguese towns of Sines and Porto Covo and then onto Vila Nova. We continue along the coast as the terrain becomes a little more undulating, before finally heading inland to our stop for the night, Sao Teotonio. The hotel tonight boasts the most relaxed atmosphere and tranquil views, with its ultra modern complex, spa and infinity pool…all for your leisure.
Day 4 – Sao Teotonio to Albuferia
Approximate cycling distance 111km (69 miles)
After breakfast we head off towards one of Portugal’s 7 wonders, the stunning beach and cove at Odeceixe. Having stopped for photo opportunities and a first coffee of the day, we then cycle further south to our first water stop of the day at Aljezur. Late morning we head up into the foothills of the Algarve, leaving the coast behind as we head inland to the medieval castle town of Silves, with it’s cafes and bars, a perfect place to take those souvenir photos! From Silves it is then pretty much downhill all the way to the party town of Albuferia and the celebrations to come!
Day 5 – Departure Day
After a leisurely breakfast, the event comes to an end. Your bikes will be safely transported back to the UK leaving you hassle free to continue with your onward arrangements whether homeward bound or enjoying the amazing delights that Albuferia has to offer.
Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.
• Full bike transport from the UK and back, if required.
• Four nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis based on twin share
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
• Water stops
• Flights and transfers both inbound and out bound
• Lunches and Evening meals, giving you the freedom to explore. Recommended meal stops will be provided
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Remember to allow extra money for meals, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
What can I expect from your accommodation?
Accommodation is in 3-4* hotels, picked for their proximity to our route. All the hotels we choose are excellent with en-suite facilities, offering exceptional value for money; standards however may vary between the hotels. The price of this trip is based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis. If you are travelling on your own don’t worry, we will pair you up with somebody in a similar position. You can also opt for a single room, but this will incur a supplementary charge of £200 per event.
What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
Breakfasts will be provided at the hotels, starting from the morning of day two. Lunches and evening meals are not included allowing you the freedom to explore, however recommendations for meal stops will be provided. Chapeau will provide refreshments at each cycle checkpoint of which there will be two each day consisting of water, juices and high-energy snacks – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Chapeau can cater for all special dietary requirements provided you let us know well in advance of the trip.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?
Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands.
How fit do I need to be?
Chapeau Events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 60 miles a day for 3 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 50-60 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. The profile on some days can be hilly, so you should include some hilly rides in your training. We have rated this ride as a 4 – Average difficulty – a regular balance of undulating terrain with some difficult descents/ascents. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race.
Who will be there to support me during the event?
Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approach-ability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
Will I be safe?
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.
What happens to my luggage each day?
Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kit-bag up to 15kgs.
What insurance will I require?
It is a requirement of entry that you have adequate insurance to cover your participation on the event. We will require a copy of valid insurance before travel.
Are flights and transfers to and from destination included?
No…we do not arrange any flights for this challenge, enabling you to take advantage of the many competitive fares between Portugal and different UK cities.
Chapeau events will of course provide advice on best travel options and further accommodation requirements should you require.
Will I receive further information?
Yes…a full detailed information pack will be issued following signed registration.