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Núcleo de Santa Clara-A-Velha

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Amoreiras-Gare

71 KM

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.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Very difficult

TYPE: Clockwise circuit

LENGTH: 71 km

DURATION: 3h30 to 5h30

MARKED ROUTE: No

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 1330m

MAX ALTITUDE: 350m
MIN. ALTITUDE: 37m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 4 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

This route is accessible by the trains that stop at the stations of Santa-Clara – Sabóia and Amoreiras-Gare.

Support Points:
6 km – Sabóia (proximity)

19 km – Luzianes

39 km – Amoreiras-Gare

46 km – São Martinho das Amoreiras

60 km – Corte Brique

Warnings

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.

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