Video: Waves & Rocks In Portugal - The Syncronicles III

Aug 23, 2018
by Sebastian Doerk  
Views: 11,088    Faves: 131    Comments: 12


Instagram feeds are a synonym for living the dream – everybody is always on holiday, always on the road, always riding. No doubt about it, my posts may look the same, and one can be forgiven for thinking that I’m simply living the perfect van and bike life every single day. However, this picture perfect dream is quite often different to reality…

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April 2018: I’m on the ground. Full of dirt. Trying to catch my breath, stay calm and not lose consciousness. That was a hard impact! One of the ugliest crashes I ever had. But I was lucky – I did not smash into the rocks face first and somehow made it onto the right side of my body before a brutal impact after a 12 meter flight over the bars. Everything hurts like hell. Most of my upper body… In that moment, Seb is coming to look after me and also our guide Marco is trying to help. I don’t want to talk, I just need a moment to sort myself out and get back to my feet. Breathing is hard, my leg is shaking and my hand doesn’t feel good either.

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The heavy rain comes back, I need to get down from this mountain quickly and back to my van, back into civilization to see a doctor. I don’t know what’s going on but I feel like I got beaten up by an MMA fighter. I managed to roll down the rest of the slippery trail and to the car. I lay down on the back seat trying to hold tight while Seb is driving the Syncro down over the rough 4x4 tracks back down to Terras the Bouro and straight to the hospital of Braga.

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The doctors didn’t seem too interested and let me wait while I was still shaking and breathing hard… After an hour I stood up and left to go to a private hospital – at least to get the x-rays done and a check that I don’t have any internal bleeding. Luckily, no organs got damaged and I had no broken ribs. Only a broken wrist and a bruised diaphragm from the heavy impact that shook all my organs. Well, this is not how I planned the start of my road trip through Portugal. Too much excitement, too much fun on these heavily flooded trails and too much speed… I didn’t see it coming but this is what happens sometimes. Driving back to Germany wasn’t an option, so with the help of our Guide Marco from In Nature and the guys from WeRide I was able to leave my car and my bikes in Portugal for the time to heal up and return as soon as possible.

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May 2018: Exactly 6 weeks later I was back and found my van all charged up, clean and in perfect condition – just like my bikes. Marco took great care of my babies. What an awesome dude! To re-start the trip smoothly with some mellow riding and surfing along the stunning Algarve coastline I headed down south… Visiting Portugal has been on my to-do list for many years now but I have just never managed to make it happen. Last year that changed when I was on my way back from Morocco. I stayed with my wife and kids on top of some cliffs directly above the ocean looking down on one of the finest surf spots I ever been to. Every day I went down to the beach and surfed for a few hours. The kids played all day long and simply enjoyed the time tripping along those huge sandpits. While I was sitting in the water waiting for the next set of waves to come in, I imagined riding this endless, rough, coastline by bike. I imagined there must be a lot of riding around but I had no idea what I was already missing back then… Luckily I met my friend Luis Pedro who is an exceptionally good surfer and rider: He took me with him on a bike trip along the coast – further than even my van could go.

WERIDE.pt rocks

WERIDE.pt rocks

About half-way up the coastline, I rolled into Lisbon and damn that felt good. Being the city boy I am I loved the vibe right away because it reminded me of Prague, the city where I was born – except the big difference of the ocean and the brilliant riding at the front door: In the woods of Sintra are many hidden trails. You would expect the woods to be crowded on the weekends because it’s so close to town but it’s not. It’s surprisingly empty and you can get easily lost in the jungle. The trails are somewhat special. Insane what lines have been built and how much fun they are. When you end your riding day at the beach and catch some waves – there is not much more than you could dream of.

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WERIDE.pt rocks

And then there is Portugal’s North. That place where I had my crash and needed revenge. When we got back there this place was burning like hell. The heat and dry conditions caused bushfires everywhere. We moved deeper into the mountains, totally off any civilization and found some of the finest trails in Europe. I still hardly believe the riding there and the dedication of all the locals who put so much work into such a big trail network.

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This road trip surpassed all expectations – not just for the highest quality in every aspect of landscapes and riding locations – most of all because of the great people we met along the road.

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Thank you all at WeRide.pt for all your help and perfect times guiding us.

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We definitely will be back in this perfect Syncronicles land.


46 Comments

  • + 43
 Holy macaroni... it's on PINKBIKE!!!! AWESOME!!!! Thanks a Zillion!!!!
  • + 4
 These vids of Portugal just pump me up to one day visit my heritage homeland islands!
  • + 4
 This so cool man ! Music goes well with it too Cool cool cool !
  • + 5
 @diggerandrider: WE will be right here... Just drop in! www.weride.pt Smile
  • + 10
 that video was amazing - loved the scenery, music, and riding. I had a trip all booked to Portugal last year, and was going to ride with a local tour group there but then my wife had liver failure and we had to cancel the trip. Based on this video, I definitely need to get PT on our future vacation plans again!

Happily my wife has fully recovered (after gallbladder removal and stopping taking some prescription drugs that might have had the bad side effect) and we're ready to travel again.
  • + 3
 That must have been a shock, happy for you that your wife fully recovered. Portugal is amazing, hope the both of you will find the time to travel there one day.
  • + 10
 I'm so happy to hear stoner rock play in an mtb video, they pretty much go hand-in-hand. Nice work!
  • - 1
 if that’s stoner rock then kyuss must be heavy metal
  • + 1
 @robdpzero: somali yaht club is def stoner rock
  • + 6
 Amazing story and video! I’ll try to bring my bike with me on my next trip to Lisbon to explore those Sintra trails.

Just one small correction, it is Terras de Bouro (lands of Bouro, if you translate it).
  • + 4
 I'm so happy to see a new episode of these series coming. One of my favorite series. I wish more and more episodes. I love it. Not only because it's filmed amazingly well and provide such a good riding and most amazing places to ride, but mainly because in a next five minutes I'll dream every single second out of it. Please keep these coming. This is what really keeps me feel alive at the Friday noon in the office.
  • + 4
 Portugal is a hidden gem, even for many riders from Spain. For the Portugal Enduro Series I've been in Terras de Bouro, Murca, Ponte de Lima, Lousa, Sintra, Cadafaz, Sao Bras de Alportel (Algarve) and more. Each and every place is magic, with well maintained trails, a good group of riders and an amazing riding scene in general. Terras de Bouro is one of the best places indeed.
  • + 7
 wait, no coffee making vid?
  • + 5
 ABSOLUTELY WOW! One of the better rider videos I've seen on PB in recent memory. Great music, beautiful scenery.
  • + 3
 Went to Portugal back in 2007,def wish I could have went riding there and gotten further away from Lisbon but damn that was epic!
  • + 3
 Yeah, north of Portugal rocks. I know the best trails here at North, so if you want a tour just ask www.weride.pt to book it for you ????
  • + 4
 Awesome mix of riding and van content as usual.. I thought the syncro had different wheels last time?
  • + 3
 great video, great photos!! you should went riding to ARRÁBIDA mountain range too, great spot, next to where you catched that ferry
  • + 3
 I´ll remember for my next trip, thanks man.
  • + 3
 MAAAN! this is so F--ing epic and Awesome!! just offroadvan and bikes, beautiful sceneries and propper soundtrack, finally! Smile
  • + 4
 Hang on - you have a wife and kids and still get to do this #alternativereality
  • + 1
 Myself and 3 buddies camped and rode for 2 weeks in Portugal guided by @Weride crew...From South to North, awesome adventure, riding and guides..no rides the same and exceptional hospitality for a bunch of dirty Canadians living out of a camper..video makes me want to go back to take it all in again..????
  • + 3
 What tasty morsels these Syncronicles be? Bike+Syncro Porn...it just doesn't get any better.
  • + 3
 well that ticked some boxes,great trails ,syncro cruising and music was on point, rad video man! really liked it.
  • + 4
 Wonderful video! Great editing, riding and scenery.
  • + 3
 This country is amazing ,what a great vibe in this video ,great job congrats
  • + 4
 Videos like these get me stoked to ride.
  • + 4
 Portugal North to South! Ride on! www.weride.pt
  • + 4
 Great movie Thanks for showing my backyard
  • + 3
 3:30, nature imitating man imitating nature! The rock is shaped just like the bus!!
  • + 4
 nice vid!!! good cronicles!!!
  • + 3
 I think this has to be my favourite van of all time, and this includes the A-Team van and Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.
  • + 3
 Oh boy oh boy!!! www.WERIDE.pt
  • + 2
 How safe is down there for families?
  • + 4
 @zokinjo: No sharks, no crocodiles, no rhinos Smile Perfectly safe for families, some beaches have big waves, that´s the only thing to look for if you have smaller kids.
  • + 2
 @zokinjo: Let's put it this way... The Global Peace Index (GPI) states WE are the 5th safest country in the World... Go check it out Wink
  • + 3
 Pretty sick places. All those spots near home and I never even know!
  • + 3
 Wowow. So sweet. Nicely done all round.
  • + 3
 Hey that's the guy doing backflips on top of his van! Love it #vanlife
  • + 3
 Dreamt of this all my life!
  • + 3
 good stuff!
  • + 3
 Really nice :-D
  • + 1
 This video just make me feel like :go out there and ride!!!
  • + 1
 Locations please.
  • + 2
 There is only one place man... www.weride.pt ahahahah

Well from the South you have Algarve, Albufeira, Faro and Southwest of Alentejo for the surfing session, Clérigo beach... Center of PT with Lisbon and Sintra... Top North with Terras de Bouro and Ponte de Lima... Cheers @Studer
  • + 1
 @studer Most of the trails are build and maintained by locals and won´t be easy to find on your own. It´s well worth it to get a guide and indeed weride.pt is the place to go to. It´s not expensive and quadruples your experience.

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