It's wet and miserable in the UK right now so why not cheer yourselves up and book an adventure in Portugal?

Luis Nogueira our Portuguese contact has just emailed over dates for three race series, the Portugal Cup, the Maxxis Cup and the Sram Cup.

Sounds like an excuse for a great adventure to me.

Portugal Cup (UCI C2) geral@montycirclemix.com

#1 13/14 March - Sernancelhe

#2 17/18 April - Ribeira de Pena

#3 1/2 May - Marco de Canaveses

#4 12/13 June - Góis

#5 17/18 July - Porto de Mós

Maxxis Cup (UCI C1) www.maxxiscup.com

#1 20/21 March - Gouveia

#2 24/25 April - Fafe

#3 26/27 June - Port Ainé (Spain)

#4 3/4 July - Andorra

SRAM Cup www.Bikeaventura.com

#1 27/28 March - Lousã

#2 10/11 April - Pampilhosa da Serra

#3 15/16 May - Vila Nova

#4 29/30 May - Lorvão

Luis says "The Sram Cup is the best regional Cup,with very good tracks and great ambiance,more relaxed than the big races.All the races are no more than 50km apart,and to anyone having some DH vacation,linking the Portugal Cup,Maxxis and Sram races will provide some intense weeks!"

James Stock

James Stock went out to POrtugal last year on a road trip and had a whale of a time, read his blog here.