This very difficult level course is an ode to mountain biking!
It can be summed up as a permanent climb and descent, from the first to the last kilometre, with some sections approaching 20%, in preserved and exuberant natural surroundings, almost devoid of human presence.
The biggest difficulties are at 20 km (10 km at 3%) and at 40 km (10 km at 4%) but both are intersected by small slopes that make the course less difficult.
It has the special feature of passing, at 22 km, through two small and curious tunnels of the Portuguese Train system at 48 km over the small reservoir at Corte Brique and at 65 km approaching the Santa Clara Reservoir.
It has no real single tracks, but it has innumerable sections which are almost equivalent.
It includes several forded crossings of small watercourses, but these pose no difficulties unless there has been heavy rain.
This route essentially passes along rural and forest paths through remote and unpopulated areas. It is therefore recommended that you travel in the company of another cyclist.
The route passes through the villages of Está Bem, Sabóia, Luzianes, Amoreiras-Gare. Sao Martinho das Amoreiras and Corte Brique.
This route is accessible by the trains that stop at the stations of Santa-Clara – Sabóia and Amoreiras-Gare.
6 km – Sabóia (proximity)
19 km – Luzianes
39 km – Amoreiras-Gare
46 km – São Martinho das Amoreiras
60 km – Corte Brique
The route crosses and occasionally runs for short distances along several national and municipal roads that may sometimes have traffic. Caution is recommended.
The route is shared at various points with the Historical Path (GR11) and some Circular Routes, all of the Rota Vicentina, so encounters with walkers are likely.
There may be a need to open livestock protection gates. Always close them after passing.