Douro Gentlemen's Race - Test ride

Autumn colors in the Douro region - The famous S curves
This weekend we joined some friends in the Quinta da Pacheca, Lamego - Portugal.
We brought some samples to test and took the opportunity to take some shots to promote the next year event. In the heart of the Douro vineyards, the idea was to do a test-ride of next year's Douro Gentlemen's Race. We took the opportunity to display our new bikes. The participants will have opportunity to test some of these remarkable bikes. Since our European headquarters' are only 1h30 away, we had to be here too. You are invited for the 2019 edition that will take place on 22nd and 23rd of June 2019.

A long downhill
Amazing photo and road, ruined by the "hammer-man". This was the last climb of the day, 8km and 7% medium slope
Hypervox cyan & Reynolds wheels
Hypervox black matt & Zipp wheels

It's a team race that emphasizes the beauty and discovery of roads, while also the camaraderie between the riders. Teams of 3 to 6 riders will depart in a TTT-style at a stagger. Teams must ride as a pack, the full distance of the route.

Around 100km with 2500 d+ of climbing in some of the "roads less traveled", only used by farmers to access their "quinta". Steep climbs across the vineyards landscapes, the S and switchback descends along the so famous N222, or how it's known " the most beautiful road in the world".

Most cyclists ride familiar routes with familiar people, nonetheless riding a new route with your friends is a rare thing. You won't learn anything new about your friends during the DGR, but you'll realize how much you know about them. A new world of emotions will be felt, yet not necessarily said. Don't expect to know everything about the ride... expect to know about where and with whom.

The Douro Wine Region Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The river carved the deep valleys out of the land and then man transformed the schist mountains into soil and walls, and planted the vines, green in summer, flame-colored in autumn.

The guys who joined us. Highlight to Gaspar Gonçalves. Pro cyclist and 2017 national road champion