Mountain biking Portugal
last friday in Sintra with more two friends. Beautiful morning of mountain bike.
Hi, I´m from Portugal too, If you want to visit my blog: http://btt-mtb.blogspot.com
another beautiful morning of mountain bike with friends in the Sintra hills.
more pictures in my blog.http://omeuadmiravelcantinho.blogspot.com/
Some video footage in Sintra
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Last sundayone more ridein the Sintra hills with more two friends.
more pics http://omeuadmiravelcantinho.blogspot.com/
one more mtb ride on the last sunday with friends in the hills of Grândola.
more pic. www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.blogspot.com
These trails look like a blast! When I make it to Lisbon/Sintra with my bike I am going to pin you down for a ride!
Originally Posted by Surfas
Rock garden before reaching Capuchos
and some old pics... (22-02-2005).
this trails are now - R.I.P. :mad:
O trilho das Pontes (The Bridge trails)
It was a fantastic trail with 11, I think, of wooden bridges!!
Now it was all Rip off!!
But were are those Rock Garden near Capuchos???
reaching Capuchos by road, turn left when you arrive at the gate
we do it downhill not up-hill
it`s a Nokia N78 and we can`t ask it for more, at least with this light (or lack of light!)
Open the season of 2010 in the best way possible!!!
I saw that Intense at my last Sintra ride !!!
Today I'm at Ponte de Lima and here there are a lot of trails to ride. On October I take my Lisbon friends to ride Serra Amarela (Geres Natural Park)
Here I am at Ermida trail
Yesterday, Serra Amarela ....
I liked your photo it Gêres, really is one of the best mountain to ride of MTB.
I also leave a film of Monsanto (close to Lisbon) made with a friend this weekend.
Want to travel across Portugal. Need you advice on rout
Best wishes to all of you guys!
I'm planning to visit Portugal to travel by bicycle. Bicycle riding is my favorit way to discover the world.
I am going to avoid crowded "touristic" places :) At the moment I am in process of planning the rout. You advice on what it would be is needed.
I'd like to be in Portugal in May for two or three weeks.
I live in ... Siberia, shortly :) I bet you know about Siberia not more than I about Portugal :)
1.Portugal is one of the best countries in Europe for mtb because we have a good time all year for cycling.
2.You have several mountains from north to south for cycling.
As if you can help? when you are near the date you see contact me to show you some places you can do mtbike.
I will give some good areas to search. Serra de Sines, Serra do Geres, Monsanto (lisbon), Serra da Estrela, Serra de Sintra.
you can always see my blog www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.com
see you soon
When a region occopies more than 10% of all land available on earth people should at least search..... and with Internet it`s easy!
I think it may be one of the wildest and also dangerous (in terms of survival in the wild) places to MTBinking.
Also with X-files... LOL!
Regarding Portugal, look for tracks (GPS) ------> google
Lousã(nearest city Coimbra) and Sintra (nearest city Lisbon) - one of my favourits
Originally Posted by Tkul
I found Monsanto
Originally Posted by miguelromao
... Sintra ...
Can not find Serra de Sines, Serra do Geres and Serra da Estrela. Can you help me?
I visited www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.com
Your photos are exciting, miguel! Yeah! Portugal is mountain biker's paradise, I see!
In Siberia cycling season is from May to October. All the season the most terrific animal is moscito. Places just two hundred kilometres to north from my city Novosibirsk are almost absolutely impassable in summer due to bogs. In winter due to snow :)
Originally Posted by Tkul
From October to May it all covered with snow (a lot of snow! :) )
In winter my faivorit is snow-kiting.
Thnak you for the link! My plan is to take a 1000-1500km 12-20 days journey across the country.
Originally Posted by Surfas
Maybe start from Porto. Then Viseu-Guarda-Covihã-Fundão-Portalegre-Evora. Then to the south-west coast. Then east-ward to Spain.
Maybe I must change my mind? What do you think?
I want to present to you guys some of my travels. There are some photos, but comments are in Russian. I hope the photos will tell quite enough
Two week in Nagorny-Kharabakh and Armeniya
Hardcore mtb in high mountains in Kyrgyzstan
Weekend journey with my sons and friends nearby my city
Guys, Happy new year, I am attending to go for my first MTB trip to Lisbon in February of this year. We attend to head for the "Serra de Sintra" (Sintra mountains). Just wondering if you have any soft copies of trails or maps, or if you could recommend where the best point is to start. Directions from Sintra town would be great, and we could figure it out from there.
Any Help would be great.
Don`t know when you may be here, but depending on your bike, we can have you on our ridding group:
XCinish - Kona & Marin early 90s rigid bikes (Kula/Eldridge Grade/Team Ti)
Enduro - Full suspension bikes - 150mm travel
contact via e-mail: email@example.com
Normally, people go to Capuchos (From Barragem da Mula/Lagoa Azul/others), and from there go to the South/Southwest part (Monge/Peninha/Malveira). Or go to Colares/Praia Grande (North/Nortwest).
I think you may find GPS routes on the internet!S
I live close to the mountain of Sintra and know the all the tracks of the mountain well.
When you want to appear contact with me for my mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and we make a good rider in the mountain
Thanks Miguel, at the moment, we are intending to go at the end of February. Are there actually marked coloured code trails in Sintra ? Like Red, Black etc. Or are they fire break trails and mountain tracks ?. Just trying to get a feel of what type of mountain biking we can expect. I have biked in Scotland, Marine MTs California and Ireland, all have coloured coded trails, for easy, intermediate and advanced.
Here in Portugal there aren't anything like that in UK and USA.
Only the Lousã has the first trail park.
Here there aren't any type of trail maintenance!!! Some trails are becoming a problem with the upcoming riders for the past years like in Monsanto, a little mountain with a lot trickle technical trails near Lisbon.
Is a area that need some trail maintenance, and in some places in Monsanto is becoming urgent!!! And Sintra too, with some dowhnill and freeride trails is a place that are becoming hot with the prohibition of freeride in the area.
At Sintra you go to Lagoa Azul or Barragem do Rio da Mula and you can see a lot of bikers, talk to them and try with them some trails.
Thanks for the info, its much appreciated
A full suspension bike to be better, since it is more comfortable.
If you come with a bike (CROSS COUNTRY) is also good.
Notifies you when you arrive.
Surfas said all he had to say about trails, is true.
can see more pic´s this weekand in www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.com
Sintra / 17th January 2010.
XC bikes... great trails... great riders... great weather! What else can we ask for? MORE TIME RIDING THIS TRAILS! :thumbsup:
Sintra, be it with mud, fallen trees, rain, cold, fog, heat or even snow as I've seen, it always just go mountain biking or hiking. That`s what I do once again with his friend Fernando in morning aimlessly rail but with pace who likes to enjoy the nature and mountain biking.
more pics in www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.com
Originally Posted by miguelromao
Tenho dores dos cotovelos! Invejoso sou eu! :cool:
Wow! Goole videoed a trip across the whole Russia!
7 days from Moscow to Vladivostok by train!
Choose in Travel route "Ob river" and "Novosibirsk" to have a look at city I live :)
"Krasnoyarsk" is the city I was born
loved it when I putted on the Russian Radio! :)
it looks a bit flat, ain`t it?
Two photos from 2/3 weeks ago!
You mean no mountains? Yeah. It's quite flat in Novosibirsk. You can see some mountain in Krasnoyarsk's video. Some mountains are between Irkutsk and Baikal lake.
Some mountains are Ural mountains :)
Actually railway roads always follow moderate relieff. I bet It was a great chellange to find right path for this trans-Russia railroad!
yes, for me it`s one of the greatest engineering project!
and yes, I meant flat - no mountains, but no problem!
can you upload some pics?
A friend of mine, went from Lisbon to Moscow using is bike (or sort of a thing with wheels and pedals! EHEHEH! Crazy dude!)
From today ride:
TKull my last incursion to Sintra I pass a black Intense 6.6 (I think) with a orange Marz, is yours?? My group on that day had 2 Santa BLT2 (one is mine), original Blur and Intense 5.5. FRO.
What tires have that Intense??
yes, probably (99,9% for sure!There aren`t so many bikes with that configuration) it was me!
Ardent 2.4 front, and HR 2.35 rear both running tubless ghetto style!
Sorry I don´t normally notice the bikes...
say hi, next time!
Ardent at front os better than high roller?
And the High Roller isn't too much roling resistance, do uou do some big distances with that tires?
Surfas, weight is only psychological as so is roling resistance! I could answer it really quickly, but let me put some words:
Yes, we can prove that tire A is better then B, bla, bla, bla, but at the end of the day, what I really want is "Porsche Feeling": Race it during the weekend, use it daily all week to work! - that means:
Bikes that can withstand a week long, without any major problem - that means: good/resistant wheels, tires that grip, suspension that really work (and I mean feel good for you - and for me is Coils!On VPPs I hated the DHX5.0), etc!
Of course I apreciate the weight weenie bike when climbing, but think that there many things that aren`t for really abuse!
Highrollers I do think they roll really good, but you can`t compare with mega-slicks
Ardents are equal if not better rolling resistance!
Bottom line: Ardents are really gripy tires that can hang on in Sintra, 99% of the terrain.
They weight +/- the same as the HR in 2.35 - 900grm.
How many kms? I think 50/60 is the longest ride that I did recently with this tires/bike.
And yes... the bike weight more than 15kg - but never had it confirm! I weight a lot more!!!! :)
I was after the High Roller 2.35 UST Super Tacky for the front but they are difficult to get and the volume isn't a real 2.35.
The Ardent aren't available in UST right know!! Maybe at the end of the year.
Currently I use 2.1 Serac UST 750gr, because is the tire that suit to my type of mountain bike.
I need a tire that grip at Monsanto/Sintra technical greasy trails, on slippery rocks and roots but that roll really good to do 100 km/day for big crossings and that does not give problems in places like Geres, Peneda, Serra da Estrela where there aren't anything to assist us.
Thaks for the help, I'm wait for the Ardent UST soon to try.
If you want something that`s easy to roll and want tubless, use a normal HR ST wire with notubes. Got this setup for more than 3 years without any problems - burps/flats... what ever. 2,5 cups and that`s it!
For 100km, you can try something with less thread...
For grip - try Ardent/Minion Front in ST
For all that kind of terrain, there isn`t a perfect tire.
Terrain - rocks, hardpack and soft terrain with roots. If you ride most of time in the rocks/hardpack (loose surface) - the HR is a great contender.
On soft soil it`s good, but if it`s too wet, try something else.
hardpack and some rocky with soft soil. For Monsanto something with less grip than the HR makes the ride more challenging.
I don`t like to ride anything over 5` in Mosanto! It`s not that technical! And if you have - hardtail! But I prefer not to ride in Monsanto!
Estadio Nacional has better singletracks and some technical descents!
Hardpack with loose terrain - HR is good! Ardent better!
Geres I would run reinforced tires - 2ply.
Lousa, I would choose two tires: winter: Swampthing and in the summer - HR rear and Minion or Ardent
Just seen on TV pictures of terrific floods on Madeira... It's tragedy! All that demolished houses, bridges. The tragedy is that douzens are dead :(
I wish to all Madeira people and all Portugal people to recover from all that grief. Don't let despair fill you hearts!
I also Portugal, I and my group of people usually enjoy railing in northern Portugal mainly on the hills of Cabreira and Gerês!
Visit our blog: http://www.bttbrancelhe.blogspot.com/:thumbsup:
Yeah, it is terrible!
Nature, when "she" wants, can show how small humans are!
Helping Madeira? don`t cancel your reserves if you have them. There are news that most Hotels are good and working.
Hope this very difficult time, may pass quickly and good to see that many has already helped, and are still helping.
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hello guys, I leave a short video of mountain biking this weekend in Sintra.
Some photos in www.omeuadmiravelcantinho.com/
leave some photos from last Friday in the Sintra hills with friends where we did the trail of the donkeys with a fabulous landscape and falls quite techniques.
I also have a new video of the ride where you can see the blog ever.
I really like "Burro`s" Trail, but if you do all the trail, the uphill is something to remember the rest of the day! eejejjeje!
Here we go - Rochoso DH Trail - friend`s video!
Go-Pro HD/Moto3 and K2
Ps - the rain ruined some great trails! I think it would be better to take one day to fix all things...
I liked the video, can you tell me where to start?
I can´t to see the place where it starts, I might go to it tomorrow morning.