Biking in Portugal (Porto region)

In March 2024 we went for a workation towards Portugal. Marie-Claire left first for a couple of days with the ladies of the cycling club. When that trip ended and the ladies went back home, I joined Marie-Claire in the same hotel where we first had a couple of days to further explore the region by bike. The last couple of days we moved to an AirBnb appartment in the city center of Porto to work remotely before heading back to Belgium. 

We stayed in the sportshotel FeelViana which is located at the beach in Viana do Castelo. This hotel is a true gem and we can strongly recommend this place. It starts with it’s unique location in a oase of green and you have direct access to the beach via a shorth wooden boardwalk of 80 meters. 

Aveiro Spring Classic

Unexpectedly we competed in the Aveiro Spring Classic. As Marie-Claire was staying in FeelViana with a bunch of ladies to bike, she got to know about this Grand Fondo. Via Ricardo, one of the the friendly people of the bike service station in the hotel, who knew somebody of the organisation we were able to obtain some last minute tickets and become the sole participants of Belgium to this edition of the Grand Fondo. There are roughly 1300 people participating and around half of them rides the short distance (90 km) and half rides the long distance (127 km). The races has several “Sterrato’s” which are to be compared with the dirt roads from Strade Bianche and Gent-Wevelgem. There was also one section with cobble stones, but it was a gentle section compared to the ones we have in Belgium or the ones from Paris-Roubaix. 

 

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