Monchique down hill off road trip

Mountain biking from 902 meters altitude to sea level, off road!

Enjoy single and double tracks through the forests in the Serra de Monchique. Near sea level we will challenge you with the best single tracks along the many farmer's irrigation channels.

First you will descend on gravel roads to the windmill park and then continue on single track through the eucalyptus forest passing small farms. Lunch will be provided in a local tavern half way the descent, still in the Monchique mountains. After lunch we have got one small climb to do and then again we run all the way down hill. At lower level we encounter and start following the water channels (in Portuguese 'levadas') through the protected natural area of Ria de Alvor.

We offer this trip as a social ride with plenty of (photo) stops and some explanations about the local flora & fauna. Highly competitive riders can find alternative tours in the same area offered on this website. On the other side we assume that when you book this trip, you have already some mountain biking experience and are a competent rider. The tour is not to try out mountain biking and learn how to ride. We have an excellent safety record, and it is our ambition to keep it that way.

The aluminium mountain bikes come in different sizes from 15'' to 21'' . The bikes have adjustable and lock out front suspension with 80 mm travel. Shimano Mega Nine (27 speed) have the latest 2010 shifters and will suit your gearing needs. The wide free handle bar gives a comfortable riding position and hydraulic V-brakes offer control at all times. You will be provided with a safety helmet and a bottle of water.

Total distance covered on the tour is 35 km (22 miles) of which 75% is down hill and 25% is flat or slightly up hill. Included is a picnic lunch, home made cake and fruit of the season at a local tavern, transport up the mountain, professional multilingual bike guide, all terrain bike and safety helmet, water and a support car following the group.

This Monchique down hill off road trip runs parallel with the Monchique down hill cycle tour that you can find in this website's cycling section. If you are part of a group with fair differences in biking skills then each of you can choose the trip which suits him or her best. Meeting point, transport up the mountain, lunch break and finish are on the same locations and at the same times. Single riders are most welcome to join either one of these tours.

The tour can be booked for every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday all year round. In the morning we meet at 10.30 hrs, lunch is planned around 13.30 hrs and we will be back in Mexilhoeira Grande between 16.00 and 16.30 hrs where a cold drink is waiting for you.

Price per participant: 48 euro

Bookings and enquiries: toursandtracks@mail.telepac.pt