Algarve bids to become the European cycling hotspot

Algarve bids to become the European cycling hotspot Image

February 18, 2015

Drivers searching online for the best quote for expat motor insurance in Portugal may also take an interest in the news of the development and launch of a Cyclin'Portugal Algarve programme by the Portuguese Cycling Federation, which has declared its aim to make the region Europe's "great centre for cycling competitions."


The Federation's president, Delmino Pereira, commented: "We want to transform the Algarve into the centre stage for European cycling. The weather, the terrain, the lack of road traffic, the variety of routes and the hotels on offer are some of the qualities of the region that should be seized."


Pereira, who was speaking at a press conference in Faro held in conjunction with the launch presentation of the 41st Volta ao Algarve cycling competition, said that he could envisage the region becoming a major draw for both professional cycling teams and leisure cyclists.


The Volta ao Algarve, which will take place from 18th to 22nd February, is just the first of four top-level events forming this year's Cyclin'Portugal Algarve. The others are the Clássica Internacional Loulé Cidade Europeia do Desporto (1st March), the 25th Troféu Alpendre - Internacional do Guadiana (7th-8th March) and the 7th GP Liberty Seguros - Troféu do Sudoeste e Costa Vicentina (21st-22nd March).


The campaign to promote the Algarve as a cycling destination will also see the production of a specialist guidebook on the region and the opportunities that it offers for cyclists, including information on all relevant local services. It will be distributed to all of Europe's cycling federations and the professional WorldTour teams.


Also in attendance at the press conference was Emídio Guerreiro, the Secretary of State for Sport, who described Cyclin'Portugal Algarve as an initiative befitting the concept of sport as an economic area, for which the government had development ambitions.


Guerreiro added: "This project has great potential in the sports economy and is a starting point for something different. It is a regional example that should be used nationally."

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