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Enjoy the best of the Algarve with Flyingeese cycling holidays

Martin James Sponsored
2 Jan 2018

Enjoy quiet roads, luxury accommodation and professional support in one of the world's finest cycling destinations

This feature was produced in association with Flyingeese

What are the ingredients that make up the perfect cycling holiday? Location is obviously important, as are the facilities and support available – both on the bike and off it.

But as for the specifics, ask a dozen cyclists to describe their perfect cycling holiday and you’ll get a dozen different answers.

The perfect cycling holiday company, then, is surely one that acknowledges this and looks to cater the experience to the individual, rather than expecting the opposite.

The ultimate experience

And it’s precisely this approach that sets Flyingeese apart. Based in the Algarve – one of the world’s finest cycling destinations and within easy reach of the UK – Flyingeese is well on the way to establishing itself as a premium brand for people looking for the ultimate cycling experience, despite having only arrived on the scene in 2016.

Flyingeese is the brainchild of Jeff Jones, whose own cycling backstory will be a familiar one to many Cyclist readers. His parents had been keen cyclists growing up, but it was only later in life that his own passion for cycling blossomed – so much so that he decided to leave behind a successful career in the accountancy world and turn his favourite hobby into a business.

‘It’s only in the last eight years that I’ve become a real enthusiast myself,’ Jones tells Cyclist. ‘I soon got involved in sportives, and then began to look further afield to try out some new roads – Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, and finally Portugal.

‘And that’s where the idea for Flyingeese really took off. I’d just left the accountancy world after more than 30 enjoyable years, and felt it was time for something completely different.

‘I started to think about the possibility of running cycling holidays for small groups with professional support – the rest is history.’

In setting up Flyingeese, Jones looked at his own experience of cycling holidays across Europe – at what worked, and what didn’t.

The brief was simple: ‘We don’t want our guests to have to worry about anything at all except for getting the most out of being in the saddle in a beautiful part of the world.’

To that end, Flyingeese will help you with everything from planning your trip to organising travel and insurance for your group, including airport transfers and luggage transport.

The dedicated team will also help set up your riding itinerary, providing pre-trip training advice and guidance on tailoring your ride experience to your cycling ability.

Intimate feel

Out on the road, groups are kept to a limit of eight riders to ensure a more intimate feel and personalised support, and ride leaders are all current or former professionals, with support vehicles on hand to help with any unforeseen eventuality.

You can choose to bring your own bike, or simply hire one of Flyingeese’s fleet of Colnago CX Zero Evo Ultegras – a bike chosen specifically for its focus on endurance and comfort.

Either way, at the end of each day’s riding, bikes will be cleaned and serviced at a fully equipped bike workshop, then stored safely overnight.

You’ll also benefit from personalised nutrition advice, and all food supplements and drinks while in the saddle are taken care of – including gourmet picnic lunches to enjoy mid-ride.

And at the end of a day’s riding, you can relax in your own modern, air-conditioned villa, enjoying all the modern amenities you could wish for, including heated swimming pools and extensive outdoor spaces to enjoy the year-round sunshine. A cycling holiday should still be a holiday, after all.

Because as much as the Flyingeese team are dedicated to providing for your every need, the real attraction is one that money can’t buy: the Algarve itself.

Blessed by beautiful weather year-round, the Algarve has everything: pristine beaches, fantastic food and drink, varied terrain and great roads.

Stick to the coast and you can enjoy gently rolling roads framed by the panoramic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean – ideal terrain for the entry-level rider looking for a modest challenge.

Turn inland and you head into the rolling hills of Monchique – a world offering secret delights at every turn as you pass through villages that echo a feel of old Europe, lined by cobbled streets and dotted with whitewashed buildings.

Flyingeese offers three experience types based on your ability. The most challenging package will take you from the sands of the Mediterranean all the way to the 914m summit of Foia in the Sierra de Monchique mountain range, followed by an exhilarating high-speed descent culminating in a spectacular finish overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Quiet roads

Whichever experience you choose, you’ll be riding on roads that are wonderfully quiet. Despite its many charms, the Algarve remains largely overlooked as a cycling holiday destination, with most still opting for more templated packages on far busier roads in Mallorca, mainland Spain and Italy.

‘It’s a very special part of the world,’ Jones says. ‘If you’ve been, you’ll understand why.’

And the name Flyingeese? ‘The idea evolved from the notion that geese fly in the shape of a peloton.’ Jones reveals. ‘They’re also the birds that fly in the highest formations.’

We can’t help but think it’s a name that fits well. 

To find out more about Flyingeese's cycling holiday packages, go to flyingeese.co.uk

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