On day on the route leaves town and hits the dirt almost immediately – the riding is technical for the first 60km but nothing to difficult – navigation is key for this section. The course then opens out and has a mix of pace as we head towards the first fuel stop at the 75km mark.
After refuelling at Gois, the track starts off twisty with navigation being critical. We then have the first stage as the track opens out into a fast and flowing course across the mountains. This part of the course was part of the Portuguese National Baja Championship and ends in a challenging hill climb at the end of the stage.
The tracks after the stage become very mixed with a high flowing tracks interspersed with single track and more challenging navigation on climbs and descents which slows the pace down.
As we head towards the second fuel stop of the day, we ride the tracks near Fajou and across the windmill tracks. The second fuel stop is at 160km, here the Sports and Adventure Classes end their day and head back to Rally HQ. The Pro Class has a further 50 km to ride including a fast open stage to end the 210km day.
Last few entries left for 2018, entries close on Monday 26th February