Uplifts aren’t just for downhill riders. If you have never tried an uplift day because you normally ride xc, you might be surprised how good it can be for your riding. If you have the chance to keep repeating sections of track in one day and you know what is coming up then your riding skills will improve very quickly. In the Algarve, the normal uplift days are in the mountains, when you have descended 2,500 feet plus in one go that is going to be a hard slog back on the bike if you want to try it again!
While the Algarve has some of the most beautiful and technical mountain biking routes in Europe, they are not currently marked. If you only want dirt roads, they are everywhere but linking them up can still be hard. The only way to find the technical routes is to hire a guide. Make sure they are qualified as a mountain bike guide, it shows they are dedicated to the sport and your safety. The longer your guide has been in the Algarve, the more routes they will know and have built.
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