This isn’t a tell-all article; it’s simply my attempt to answer a question posed to me by a friend: “How the hell did IF become IF?”
We are staying in Quinta do Bárrio, a countryside villa on the upper end of Terras de Bouro, a small village that seemed to be blissfully frozen in time.
Over the last two decades, the riding community has quietly built an enviable trail network, anchored by the state’s two largest parks and the decade-old Conservation Futures program.
The area is known as the Lost Sierra, a land rife with mystery, folklore, legend, swimming holes and, now, choice singletrack.
Everyone from apparel designers to component manufacturers have been on a Sisyphean quest to get the gear we carry off our backs.
Sintra, despite its compact size, has plenty of trails, no doubt enough for the two days that we planned to be in the area.
Out of boredom and creative restlessness, I discovered the excitement in a world I had no idea existed.
While one may get the sense that the Pine Mountain 1 is a brick, it’s not. It is a tremendously fun and functional bike whose potential is limited only by the users imagination.
Patagonia Nine Trails Waist Pack 8L has a 1.5 liter (50 oz.) HydraPak bladder and fits waists from 26 to 34 inches.
On Day 3 we dropped into the Rota on a narrow piece of singletrack, an exciting and scary welcome to the remainder of the adventure.
My friend and her husband were planning a trip to visit his mama in Russia, and they were considering a stop in Switzerland for a five-day mountain biking tour to break up the trip. “Would you all want to go, too?”
The oldest continuously operating mountain bike race series in America (or at least on the East Coast) is a low-budget, unsanctioned, volunteer-run event that you’ve probably never heard of.
Dedicated trail builders and advocacy groups have worked with land-management agencies to legitimize historic trails and build new ones. In recognition of these efforts, IMBA has designated the region, which encompasses both sides of Teton Pass, as a Silver Ride Center—one of its most-coveted designations.
Even when crammed full of water and trail essentials, the Repack LR4 rides well.
With a plan to spend two weeks riding, the first part would be a self-supported bikepack from Lisbon to Sagres, followed by a guided trip to explore trail riding in Sintra and the north.
Road-Trip Objective: Explore the northern Canadian territory known as Yukon. See, bike and experience its rarely spoken-of bike culture.