THE VOLTA STORY

Smooth tarmac under the wheels, the warm sun on your back, the camaraderie of fellow cyclists and the whirring hum of bicycles as we cut through the stillness of the mesmerising Portuguese scenery.

I discovered the freedom of cycling in Portugal whilst I was living and working there a few years ago.

Eager to be part of the local cycling scene, I hooked up with TGV, a local cycling club populated by riders of all ages and abilities, from beginners to seasoned former pros, who always welcome an enthusiastic new member.

Three times a week we would meet up for social rides, training rides, mountain climbs and always a coffee, or even lunch, in good company. In this environment of cycling passion, diversity and shared wisdom, Volta Pro Tours was created.

With the support of my TGV riding partners, Gentil, Carlos and Kelvin, I created an organisation that shares with others this infectious passion.

Encouraged by our friend Paulo, who captured everybody’s respect when he rode the entire length of the country, non-stop, on the iconice N2, I was inspired to create our first event – the N2 Challenge!

The N2 Challenge has been a great success and more tours have followed. Through the Mountains of Serra da Estrela and to the Women’s Grand Tour in the rolling terrain of Alentejo. The Tours encompass Portugal’s stunning landscapes, beautiful hotels and generous gastronomy!

We’re now working with celebrated professional riders including World & Paralympic Champion, Dame Sarah Storey.

Each Tour offers riders the opportunity to cycle alongside and learn from professional cyclists, benefit from the invaluable local knowledge of our native ride leaders and the assistance of our support crew.

I continue to promote this Pro Cyclist lifestyle each year with new, innovative experiences to share with other dedicated riders.

I would be thrilled if you came to share these experiences with us.

Adriano Placidi

Founder of Volta Pro Tours

2021 TOUR CALENDAR

Our N2 Challenge event grows stronger every year. For 2021 we've moved the spring edition into June to give more time for entrants to prepare for the adventure. We're still limiting entries on both editions and advise booking early if you don't want to miss out. The...

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CYCLING TOURS

The quality of the service and the support you receive on cycling tours will enhance your enjoyment of the holiday. All of the Volta Pro Tour support crew are experienced in delivering an exemplary service. You will have nothing to think of but the ride. N2 Challenge...

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FULLY SUPPORTED GUIDED CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Our fully supported guided cycling holidays are guided by experienced professional cyclists. Depending on the cycling holiday you choose, the pro riders will know the routes either from their training, such as on the Pro Climb Portugal, or from riding it with their...

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N2 Challenge

September Edition 2019 From dawn to dusk, the thirty riders of this September's N2 Challenge immersed themselves in an amazing experience - traversing the entire length of Portugal in five stunning stages.A lot of camaraderie, dogged determination, sweat and effort...

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Altitude Training Camp

This year's mid-season Altitude Training Camp situated high up in the Estrela Mountains, Portugal was a great success. Mountain Cycling Holiday Webpage Professional Riders, Monica and Chanel from Storey Racing spent ten days training on routes we specially created for...

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Iberian Challenge – 800km – Part 2

Iberian Challenge – 800km – Part 2

OUR 800km CHALLENGE continues as we depart from Caceres and head north to the mountains...... DAY 3 177 kms, 26 kph, 2361m After pastries and coffee and some more cakes in Plaza Mayor, Plasencia, we picked up the pace; well, we drafted the support van until we neared...

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10 Best Cycling Climbs in Portugal

10 Best Cycling Climbs in Portugal

....10 of the best you've probably never heard about Portugal has some of the toughest cycling climbs in Europe. Here's our list of 10 of the best cycling climbs in Portugal. 1.  Col' de Manteigas -  Elev Diff 589m | Distance 15kms | Avg Grade 4% | CAT 2 The multiple...

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