Algarve Bike Challenge brings 1100 cyclists of 14 nationalities to Tavira

The competition consists of three stages

The Algarve Bike Challenge once again transforms Tavira into the European capital of BTT between the 4th and 6th of March, after a year of absence due to the pandemic.

The 9 Algarve Bike Challenge repeats the number of participants of the last edition in 2020, with registration sold out in a few minutes. Among athletes, companions and staff, more than 2.000 people are expected to travel to Tavira next weekend.

What is already considered one of the most popular stage MTB events on the European calendar has 1.100 athletes from 14 countries. Athletes from the Iberian Peninsula are the most represented.

The competition consists of three stages, starting this Friday with the usual night prologue in the historic center of Tavira. The first pairs leave for the course at 19:00.

On Saturday, the athletes, who participate in pairs, will face the queen stage with 84 kilometers and 2400 meters of positive difference in level, covering the trails of Serra do Caldeirão, with the arrival in Tavira scheduled for 12:30.

For Sunday, a shorter stage of 67 kilometers and 1400 meters of positive difference is planned, which runs through the Barrocal, especially the parishes of Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo and São Brás de Alportel. The first athletes should cross the finish line in Tavira, at 11:45 am.

Among the vast list of entries, elite athletes, former professional cyclists, European champions and national champions stand out. The race will feature a live stream with online transmission on official Facebook page of the race.