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Searching out great riding routes is something that takes time and effort. The incredible Butler Maps have done it in the USA with their Backcountry Discover Routes and now Touratech have announced their very own version, the Adventure Country Tracks program. Everyone in the Brake Magazine office has nothing but great love for the idea, especially if allows more us to get out riding.
They’re designed to work for bigger adventure bikes and regardless of riding skill. The end goal is to have routes all over Europe that provide a nice guideline for the less skilled and confident riders in our community. The first track created is a 1200km, and runs from northern Portugal, the picturesque town of Tavira in the South. The whole trip runs at about 65% off-road and the GPX files are available to download, free of charge, from www.adventurecountrytracks.com.
Massive kudos Touratech, that’s a great thing to do.
Touratech presents Adventure Country Tracks (ACT) / First tour leads through Portugal
Job, money, family, commitments … As of now, there are no more excuses when it comes to making the dream of an adventurous time-out coming true. The Adventure Country Tracks (ACT) by Touratech combine the most interesting motorcycle routes, breathtaking landscapes, and the pure joy of riding. They are perfectly worked out and can be done within the timeframe of a normal holiday – 100 percent concentrated adventure!
The project introduced by Touratech at the INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany allows individual adventure trips even with a short time budget. Carefully worked-out routes lead through the most beautiful regions of Europe.
It starts with a five-day adventure tour across Portugal: 1,200 kilometres with 65 percent off-road tracks, suitable for big adventure bikes and for all kinds of riding skills. The route leads from Bragança in the North down to the Southern coast near the town of Tavira and follows curvy tracks connecting the most interesting places with regard to landscapes, culture and history. That way, riders can experience the country and its people not only individually, but also most intensively.
This has also been the intention of Filipe Elias (Touratech Portugal), who contributed his whole insider knowledge to the planning of the first ACT tour. “I believe that ACT Portugal will enthrall many motorbike riders”, says Martin Wickert, Touratech’s marketing and sales executive, being justifiably proud of his new project.
The Adventure Country Tracks have been inspired by the Backcountry Discovery Routes, a pioneer project by Touratech USA. However, it wasn’t possible to copy the entire concept as it had to be adapted to European conditions; the planning goes on for more than twelve months now. In the future, there’s going to be a new ACT tour every year in another European country.
At www.adventurecountrytracks.com, everyone interested can download the GPS data for ACT for free from this specially set-up website. The data simply needs to be transferred to a navigation device with suitable map software, that’s all you need to explore the route on your own. “Discovery is an important element of adventure riding, to find things on your own, to open your eyes to the world”, Martin Wickert describes his philosophy. “With ACT tours, you can do all this. Only the route is fixed; what you do with it is your own choice.”
A nice attunement to ACT Portugal is the DVD about this project (article number 01-202-2300-0), available at shop.touratech.com. There, you can also purchase a tour map with all stages and selected highlights.