One of our wishes is that all Ride Across Portugal participants live a very special cycling experience, and we want they can feel it right from the start.
So, nothing like to start the Ride Across Portugal crossing the most beautiful road in the world. The athletes wiil ride the first 18 km of the stage 1 on the N222 road, which connects Peso da Régua to Pinhão. An amazing road, along the left bank of the Douro River, surrounded by some of the most iconic wine estates of Douro Valley. This road was elected as the Best and Most Beautiful Road in the World, in an international contest promoted by the prestigious AVIS rent a car international group.
These first 18 km are a special aperitif for this 1st stage where the participants will cross a magical journey through the Douro Valley and the typical mountain landscapes of northern Portugal.
Green is the main color of the valleys and the slopes crossed in this stage, always with the Douro River as the star of the day.
Participants will pass through some of the towns and villages of the Douro region, connected by hillsides decorated by the famous vineyards of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.