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The Campus, Europes newest multi-sport and wellness hub invites you to join The Bike Shed festival during famous Volta ao Algarve

The Campus, Europe’s newest multi-sport and wellness hub, situated at the five star Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve in Southern Portugal, is preparing to stage a celebration of cycling recreating stages from the famous Volta ao Algarve event.

Taking place between the 21st – 24th February The Campus is hosting The Bike Shed Festival, an event giving amateur riders the chance to recreate the final stages of the famous Volta do Algarve mountain top finish, along with some other attractive activities such as the custom bike fitting. All riders will receive assistance from professional riders that work at The Bike Shed. The famous Volta do Algarve competition remains in the 2.HC category, the highest of the Europe Tour circuit, attracting the best teams and big stars of the international peloton.

The race will have 24 teams at the starting line, 12 of them from the World Tour. The three best teams of the 2018 World Tour Ranking will be in Portugal: Deceuninck-Quick Step, Team Sky and Bora-hansgrohe. Joining them the Portuguese fans will see the riders of CCC Team, Groupama-FDJ, Lotto Soudal, Team Dimension Data, Team Katusha Alpecin, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates.

Four Pro Continental Teams are also confirmed: Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Cofidis, Solutions Crédits, first and second on 2018 European Ranking, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and W52-FC Porto. All the eight Portuguese Continental Teams will also start the race: Aviludo-Louletano, Efapel, LA Alumínios-LA Sport, Miranda-Mortágua, Rádio Popular-Boavista, Sporting-Tavira, UD Oliveirense-InOutBuild and Vito-Feirense-PNB.

The temperate weather, the good roads, the excellent hotels and a route with opportunities for all kind of riders are the main ingredients to seduce the top teams to the Volta ao Algarve. The route is similar to the previous year’s offering 778, 6 km with more than 12.000 meters of total elevation gain.

The Campus Bike Shed Festival itinerary will offer riders the following:

21st February: Stage Ride to Foia

This is a 100 km cycle from The Bike Shed to Foia and riders can watch the famous Volta Do Algarve mountain top finish. This included transfers back to Quinta Do Lago.

22nd February: Campus Time Trial

This is a fun 14 km TT challenge around the Quinta Do Lago resort, followed by a recovery ride along the coastline.

23rd February: Hill Climb

This is cycle ride to Malhao and will challenge riders as they tackle a 2.3 km cat. 3 hill climb.

24th February: Algarve Grandfondo

This is a 60 km and 110 km ride with support and guidance from Mark Rohan and other Bike Shed experts. Riders will be fitted with bikes and equipment and everything they require for the event.

An integrated part of The Campus, The Bike Shed is spearheaded by Paralympic champion and Irish cyclist Mark Rohan, who has years of professional experience under his belt. Rohan’s success is phenomenal, winning two gold medals in the 2012 Paralympics for the Men’s Road Time Trial H1 event and Men’s Road Race H1 event.

IRISH PARALYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNING HERO MARK ROHAN WILL LEAD THE CAMPUS CYCLING FESTIVAL

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“In line with the vision line with the Campus, I want to create a cycling location within the campus that offers a cycling experience in the Algarve for cycling enthusiast of all abilities and all ages,” says Mark.

The Volta ao Algarve, whose 45th edition will take place between February 20th – 24th, is an increasingly global event.

Having firmly established itself over the past 45 years and one of the most highly regarded luxury golf, multi-sports and residential developments in Europe, The Bike Shed at The Campus is the latest evolution.
The Campus is located in Quinta do Lago, which is set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, is Europe’s newest the state-of-art multi-sport academy hub, designed as a sport and well-being destination and elite performance venue.

The Campus is created for elite athletes, teams and families and is becoming popular with Premiership football and rugby teams, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, performance athletes and coaches who are taking advantage of the 300 days a year sunshine and perfect training climate and using The Campus as their winter training base.

Press Trip to the Cycling Festival

We are looking for the most influential cycling journalists to join us at The Campus, Quinta do Lago between February 21st and 24th, with spaces limited for this exclusive trip and swift replies to be sent to Richard Henman.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For media information, or to arrange a press trip to visit The Campus in 2019 please contact: Richard Henman.

Image copyright is retained by The Campus. Please credit: The Campus, Quinta Do Lago, Portugal. For social media please use our hashtags – #TheCampusQDL, #westcoastraid, #bringyourgame, #thecampus, #quintadolago, #BEWYL.

ABOUT VOLTA AO ALGARVE

The Volta ao Algarve, whose 45th edition will take place between February 20 and 24, is an increasingly global event. Firstly, because it is an event with a strong media impact at international level, but also because it is an initiative that goes beyond the sporting component, stating undeniable economic, social and cultural commitments.

The competition remains in the 2.HC category, the highest of the Europe Tour circuit, attracting the best teams and big stars of the international peloton. The race will have 24 teams at the starting line, 12 of them from the World Tour. The three best teams of the 2018 World Tour Ranking will be in Portugal: Deceuninck-Quick Step, Team Sky and Bora-hansgrohe. Joining them the Portuguese fans will see the riders of CCC Team, Groupama-FDJ, Lotto Soudal, Team Dimension Data, Team Katusha Alpecin, Team Jumbo-Visma, Team Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates.

Four Pro Continental Teams are also confirmed: Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Cofidis, Solutions Crédits, first and second on 2018 European Ranking, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and W52-FC Porto. All the eight Portuguese Continental Teams will also start the race: Aviludo-Louletano, Efapel, LA Alumínios-LA Sport, Miranda-Mortágua, Rádio Popular-Boavista, Sporting-Tavira, UD Oliveirense-InOutBuild and Vito-Feirense-PNB.

The temperate weather, the good roads, the excellent hotels and a route with opportunities for all kind of riders are de main ingredients to seduce the top teams to the Volta ao Algarve. The route is similar to the previous year’s offering 778, 6 km with more than 12.000 meters of total elevation gain.

The start will be in Portimão, 2019 European City of Sport, which has not received the competition since 2012. It will the longest stage of the race, with 199.1 kilometres to Lagos. It is expected to be a sprint finish. The second stage begins in Almodôvar and ends at the highest point of the Algarve, the Fóia, in the municipality of Monchique. The riders will face 187.4 kilometres with an elevation gain of 3600 meters. The finish line coincides with a first category mountain.

The Volta ao Algarve still as an important spot for the time trialists try their new bikes. The third stage will be an individual time trial of 20.3 kilometres, with start and finish in Lagoa.
The sprinters will have a new opportunity on the fourth day, with a 198.3 kilometres travel between Albufeira and Tavira. The Volta ao Algarve will end at the top of Malhão, in the municipality of Loulé. The fifth and final stage will have 173.5 kilometres, starting from Faro and arriving at Malhão. The finish line coincides with a second category mountain, a short but very demanding climb – 2.5 kilometres with an average slope of 9.9 per cent.

Economic and Communication Component

Like any major sporting event, the Volta ao Algarve is also a communication project. In this case, it aims to show the region as a privileged place to practice cycling throughout the year.
The 45th edition of the race will be broadcast live on five continents, with Eurosport coverage showing Algarve to 148 million homes. In addition to media coverage, the importance of events is increasingly measured by the impact on social media. The teams and cyclists present in the Volta ao Algarve have 13.3 million followers in the main social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Social Component

The Portuguese Cycling Federation marks 120 years of uninterrupted activity in 2019. The Volta ao Algarve is part of the celebrations program and aims to be a model event for the future. In this sense, it assumes an important role of social responsibility, with three axes: stimulation of widespread sports practice, social integration and contribution to a healthier and sustainable society.

The invitation to generalized sport practice has two main moments during the Tour of the Algarve. The Algarve Granfondo Cofidis is the one that has more notoriety, gathering around 800 participants, coming from more than ten countries, on February 24, in Loulé. It is an event that also assumes a social vocation, since Cofidis will contribute to the reforestation of the Monchique mountain range, by planting one tree for each participant.

The other high moment of popular cycling will be the Women’s Volta ao Algarve, on February 23, in Albufeira. It is a tour with a low degree of difficulty, exclusively for women, which is affirmed as a motivation for the practice of women’s sports.
The social integration of people with disabilities is the objective of the demonstration of paracycling, which will take place in Faro, on the 24th, moments before the departure of the last stage of professional competition. Four blind people will participate in tandems.

The Volta ao Algarve Kids, a beginners cycling course with free participation for children, will run in Portimão, the hours before the start of the first stage, and will also be available at the Mar Shopping Algarve on 16, 17, 23 and 24 of February. This initiative aims to motivate young people to use the bicycle, not only in a sporting and leisure context, but also for everyday trips, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society.

More information – http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/new-edition-an-increasingly-global-event/

ABOUT MARK ROHAN

Two gold medals at the 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships. https://www.paralympic.org/mark-rohan

Developing sustainable HP athlete & active tourist lodge in the Algarve. Bringing Real Madrid Foundation clinics to Ireland promoting social dev through sport. See more here – https://twitter.com/mark_rohan?lang=en

ABOUT THE BIKE SHED

The 2019 Bike Shed calendar includes weekly spins leaving the Bike shed from Monday to Saturday at the following times:

  • 9:30 am January – May 2019
  • 8:30 am – June- August 2019
  • 9:30 am September- December 2019

February

  • Triathlon Training camp 3rd-9th February
  • The Campus Bike Festival from 21st to 24th February

March

  • West Coast Raid 28th -31st March

April

  • Triathlon Training Camps
  • 22nd – 26th April. 12 places. Cost €250. Access to the HP centre, guided bike rides, swim coaching and guided runs. All members will receive 20% of Campus cycling clothing.
  • 5th – 12th April – Burren CC Algarve trip
  • 14th to 17th April – Connect to Perform Triathlon training camp

May

  • 10th -17th May Challenge Lisbon Training Camp
  • A pre-event camp to attract Brazilian and oversea groups to The Campus

June

  • 15th to 22nd June
  • Cyclologic Cycling group with specialist bike fitter.

May

  • 10th -17th May Challenge Lisbon Training Camp
  • A pre event camp to attract oversea groups to The Campus
  • 30th May to 2nd of June – Giro D’Italia Week
  • Hill climb- flat ride- Mountain stage – TT ( technical details to be confirmed)

July

  • 25th-27th Tour de France Bike Shed events

July and August

  • Social spins, every day at 8:30 am

September

  • 21st – 28th September – Ironman 70.3 Training Camp.
  • Pre Ironman Cascias training camp to attract overseas triathletes.

October

  • Triathlon 13th October- Sprint ( swim 750m, Bike 20km & run 5km) Super sprint ( 350m swim, 10km bike & 2.5km run) Duathlon for kids

November

  • Triathlon Training camp 5th -12th November
  • Triathlon Training camp 12th – 19th November

December Close for business

You’ll find regular, organised bike rides at The Bike Shed, designed to suit mixed abilities and rider experience with various group packages available. Or you can simply hire a bike to suit you and your family’s needs. Whatever you choose, it’s your chance to enjoy a social spin and take in the stunning local scenery as you ride. The fully inclusive programme catering for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Choose your cycle mode and team members.

Mark Rohan says:

West Coast Raid
“Ideal for the elite performance rider, you’ll be fully prepared with the essential kit and pumped full of adrenalin for the challenging route ahead!”

Family Day Trips
“Perfect for those fun, nurturing family outdoor cycle rides; pack your picnic, your camera and gather the kids for a relaxed, scenic cycle ride -past the saltmarshes, alongside fresh water lakes and through the nature trails and pathways.”

Find Your Outdoor Space
“Mountain biking for couples, or for those moments when you simply want to get out in the fresh air, feel the breeze in your hair and experience the buzz of excitement as you pedal faster.”

The Bike Shed’s organised cycling tours

The Bike Shed’s organised tours will take you along quiet roads, past ancient buildings and challenge you with some epic climbs. Cycling is a brilliant way to up your fitness levels and target the body. Get yourself out in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery, and gather some pedal power.

Choose Your Route

  • Route 119.8km
  • Route 50.2km
  • Route 11.8km

Choose Your Challenge

  • 1977m elevation gain
  • 627m elevation gain
  • 55m elevation gain

THE BIKE SHED: FAMILY FIRST

At The Bike Shed you’ll find over 20 bicycles available for hire: from hybrid bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, trail bikes to children’s bikes. Mark and his expert team are on-hand to fine-tune the high-end bikes. This service offers guests different options for comfort and individual needs, and they’ll also find the right bike size to suit your family members, ideal for those family cycle rides.

Once you are set up, your adventure begins, as you fully immerse yourself in spectacular surroundings cycling along nature trails, pathways and through woodlands. Quinta do Lago also offers guests the opportunity to witness rare birds on their migration pathways between Africa and Europe.

The Bike Shed makes it easy for guests to set their own personal cycle challenge and enjoy cycling at their own pace. Our local cycle routes will lead you along freshwater lakes, salt marshes and picture-perfect scenery. Whatever you choose, it’s an experience you’ll truly enjoy.

WEST COAST RAID

In 2018 The Bike Shed also recently launched the West Coast Raid, a 6-day and 5-night fully guided cycling tour of the West Coast of the Algarve. These tours will give the more experienced rider an opportunity to explore the beautiful south coast of Portugal, taking in the Natural Park of Arrábida, travelling along the Atlantic coast line and experiencing the Alentejo’s many coastal villages.

The tour then leaves the coast to tackle the Algarve’s highest point and ascend the Serra de Monchique to Foia. The group will then make its way east to explore and discover the medieval town of Silves, and then climb towards the historic town of Alte and then descend into Loulé before arriving back to Quinta do Lago.

This is a fantastic opportunity for riders to socialise with other likeminded cycle enthusiasts, or perhaps use the tours for business networking. The tours are fully guided with ex professional cyclists, car support and back-up. Energy and recovery drinks, a bike wash and service are provided each day.

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THE CAMPUS

Built in the summer 2017, The Campus provides training, coaching and wellbeing programmes to Quinta do Lago residents and guests alike. The sports and wellbeing resort and high performance training centre caters for adults and juniors and is designed to cater for elite professional athletes, teams and National Sports Governing Bodies training for future Olympic Games through to amateur, grassroots and families enjoying a family sports holiday.

The Campus is located just 15 minutes from Faro airport and the resort offers guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate. The resort offers a variety of lifestyle and sporting pursuits, a strong sense of community and offers residents, guests and holiday makers alike the chance to train, exercise and socialise.

THE MAGNOLIA HOTEL

Guests can stay at The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 luxury rooms, three suites and seven cottages.
The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day.

The Magnolia Hotel offers a beautiful heated outdoor pool and the pool area is at the heart of the hotel. Guests can also visit the spa and holistic rooms and reconnect with mind and body. A team of expert therapists are on-hand to soothe away any tired and achy knots.

For guests that are feeling energetic and in need of a good stretch then there is a fully equipped gym with premium quality equipment. The experienced personal trainers are available to help guests work out. There’s a shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests too.

The Magnolia Hotel – http://themagnoliahotelqdl.com

QUINTA DO LAGO

Synonymous with elegance and privacy, Quinta do Lago is an exclusive golf and residential estate of nearly 2,000 acres bordering the Atlantic Ocean and nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Quinta do Lago is one of the most desired resorts in Europe and allows you to live an active outdoor lifestyle all year round, offering real estate plots between deserted dunes, sheltered pines, breath-taking beaches surrounded by three award-winning golf courses.

Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf with three award-winning championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy and the only Taylor Made Performance Center in Southern Europe.

Among its recent accolades, the resort was voted ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2015 and 2016 World Golf Awards. Quinta do Lago has enjoyed the honour of hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international golf tournaments and its world-class golf facilities are some of the best anywhere in the world.

Away from the fairways, Quinta do Lago now adds to its portfolio extensive state-of-the art leisure and racquets facilities guaranteed to keep families occupied with regular tennis and padel tennis events, cycling tours of the West Coast, family bike trips, a wide range of water, beach and lake sports as well as cultural and nature trips.

The resort’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while its wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.

PRESS TRIPS

If you’re interested attending a Press Trip please contact Richard Henman for further media information.

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