My girlfriend, Rachel, and I booked just 1 day of riding to do at the end of our week in the Algarve, so not a full Enduro holiday like a lot of the customers Dougal deals with.
Enduro Portugal provided top quality KTM 450 bikes, armour, enduro clothing, boots, helmets etc.
But the best thing about our day was how welcome we were made to feel.
We actually only booked 2 days before we went riding, and were a bit apprehensive as I ride road bikes, but never enduro, and my girlfriend has even less experience. Emma came and picked us up from our hotel and drove us to the autodromo where the bikes are based. We spent a short while getting familiarised with the bikes in the car park, all the while Dougal was very patient and understanding, immediately setting Rachel, especially, at ease.
When we got out onto the tracks, it was clear we had an expert guide. The days riding was perfectly suited to our riding ability, with sections picked out where I could ride a harder route, and Rachel an easier route so that we both got maximum enjoyment from the day. Tips were given and heeded and my riding went from nervous and timid, to confident and I tackled a few obstacles I would never have dreamt of before. We stopped off for lunch in a very rural venue out in the sticks and had Wild Boar (all provided as part of the package) which was fantastic. Dougal was the perfect host, far surpassing an activities operator role, and feeling more like a friend in just the few hours we spent with him, due in part to the great coaching and guiding given on the bikes, but also because of his accommodating nature and friendly chatter exchanged over fine food and beer (after the riding, of course)
Dougal and Emma really are a thoroughly friendly couple who deliver a very personal service, no matter the length of your visit or level or experience. Thoroughly recommended.
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