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Dr Hutch returns from paradise to face another winter spent training with the self-angering Bernard

chunky-hutch-630x420I spent a few days in Portugal recently. In the interests of full disclosure, I was there because someone had offered me a free holiday, and I accept that this would tend to make you rather kindly disposed towards the place. All the same, it was very nice. The temperature was in the mid-twenties, the sky was blue, and even the bigger roads were so devoid of traffic that after a while it started becoming a bit unsettling.

Cake and more cake

Portugal is full of fortified villages at the tops of hills, so almost every climb finishes with a decent cafe and some nice old buildings to look at, which is more than can be said for the Alps, where most climbs top out with a dead cow and half-a-dozen rusting Coke tins in a ditch. So all in all, it was a lovely few days.

On the edge - Monsaraz

The hangover, of course, is that I arrived back to a winter of rain and wind and cold. It’s the time of year when your motivation hits rock bottom. All there is to look forward to is ice and snow, getting fat at Christmas, and reaching next April in exactly the same state of overweight inadequacy as I reached last April……. Read more here

Dr. Hutch with Team Volta ProRider David Sebastiao


Behind the scenes on the Cycling Weekly Bike of the Year shoot

Henry Robertshaw – December 1, 2016

We couldn’t have done our Bike of the Year shoot alone, and Volta Pro Tours helped us every step of the way.

 Cycling Weekly‘s Bike of the Year awards are a celebration of the best bikes that the cycling industry has to offer, and as such deserves a beautiful filming location to help them look their best.

To produce the films for the 2017 awards, we were invited to Portugal by Volta Pro Tours, a new cycling tour company that is looking to introduce more riders to a beautiful country that has gone largely undiscovered by foreign cyclists.

The view from the top

Joining us on our adventures was multiple Portuguese national champion Daniela Reis, a very talented young rider who will be making the step up to UCI level with Belgian team Lares-Waowdeals in 2017.

As well as helping to guide us to the best filming locations, Daniela stepped in as the model in our Women’s Bike of the Year, looking far better on a bike than any of us could ever wish.

You might think that having a professional rider on board would be something put on specially for one of the world’s biggest cycling websites, but in fact it will be a standard part of all Volta tours.

Team Volta car always on hand with a supply of snacks

Volta Pro Tours currently has two tours scheduled for 2017, the Grand Tour Alentejo in the east of the country and the Route N2 Challenge taking in the whole length of Portugal, both of which will have pro level support including following vehicles, with former Team Sky and Tinkoff directeur sportif Sean Yates in the car for the Grand Tour Alentejo.

However Volta Pro Tours is not just about the riding. Adriano and co. will make sure that you can relax at the end of a long day in the saddle with luxury five star hotels and the high quality (and quantity) food that Portugal is renowned for.

Pro advice comes as standard with Volta Pro Tours
Filming on location - Montejunto
Vineyards featured regularly
DS forgot his Team Kit