Born Portuguese in 1950, have been married for 48 years, father of 2 daughters and grandfather of 5 children.
Studied Mechanical Engineering in Lisbon University and Car Mechanics in England.
Back in the seventies worked in car mechanics and engine race preparation.
Off-road rally driver raced in different parts of the world, 4 times across Africa one of which the mythic Paris-Dakar race, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and obviously in Portugal and Spain.
Sports have always been the important part of his life and running was his main hobby at the age of 30. Entered many marathons and ultra-marathons. In the eighties was training off-road running long before trail-running was invented.
Discovered mountain biking in 1990 and it soon became his highest passion in life. in 1992 quitted his job as Plant Manager in a multi-national company to found CICLONATUR the first cycling tour operator company in Portugal. Soon after opened one the of first mountain bike shops in the country specialized in high end products.
in the early nineties was responsible for the Organization of the Challenger Trophy adventures races and two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Races. In the late nineties started to Organize the TransPortugal tour adding this multi-day event to the long list of mountain bike events organized in a regular basis.
In 1999 GPS became part of his life and, as early as that, GPS were implemented as the main navigation tool in all his organized events. Learnt GPS technology and later lectured it to potential buyers. in 2004 built the first Topographic GPS vector map of Portugal which is still broadly used for off-road activities.
Conceived and Organized the first TransPortugal Race in 2003.
His portfolio as a cyclist goes back 40 years and the main highlights are: 15 tours across the Pyrenees east to west, 50 tours across Portugal north to south, 8 times the French Camino de Santiago, twice in Africa, once across Italy, raced in Costa Rica and in Canada.
Nowadays his wife is his cyclist companion and together travel by bike to many different destinations during their holidays.
As a cyclist is objective in life is to reach the half-million kms mark which at this moment is only 70000 kms away.
When he is not on a bike he dedicates his time to his other passions, motor cars and listening to music.
Born in 1974, year of the Portuguese revolution, studied accounting, management and marketing. Nowadays, is one of the three partners of Ciclonatur, the company that is responsible for Transportugal Race.
Fred is the name friends know him by. Since high school, he worked in several different areas, and practiced countless sports ... he plays the drums since he was 15 years old, and just LOVES the Rock’n Roll.
Since he became a partner at Ciclonatur, he discovered the pleasure of riding a bicycle, electing it as his main hobby and has been preaching it to anyone who wants to hear. The whole family just loves it, and it’s like one family cycling history… a great weekend, is one cycling together.
He manages Transportugal Race's relationship with athletes, suppliers, staff, sponsors and friends. During the competition, he plays the role of Race Director his mission is: "do everything in our power to make this event the most beautiful experience for the rider"... however, it is natural to see him lost in the middle of the trails during the stages, with a beer in his hand ... it is almost his brand image!!
Marta was born in 1983 and currently lives in Guarda, a small town near the spanish border. She never liked sports until she discovered MTB, back in 2000. She started doing MTB XC races and nowadays only rides as a hobby or for commuting whenever is possible.
She is a veterinarian working as an animal behaviour consultant for the last year. Whenever she can she works as staff in cycling tours and other outdoor sports events.
Being part of the Transportugal staff since 2008 she has worked in luggage, check points, finish line control, GPS control, race control and catering.
He looks like the man of the 7 trades. But it is only the radio man, the computer technician, the Red Cross rescuer, the paragliding instructor, the trainer, the cyclist, the mountaineer, or just Paulo Coelho da Guarda and Linhares da Beira.
Born and raised in Serra da Estrela through which two of the eight stages of the Transportugal Race pass, soon he became involved in a variety of activities in contact with nature. And so he fell in love with the concept of this MTB event in which he has been involved in the staff since 2015. Four years working with a fantastic team, not only in recognition of some sections but also in the management and control of athletes during the race, live out all the magic of one of the most spectacular adventures imaginable in the world of two wheels. Now he decided to get involved in the Transportugal Europcar Race as an athlete because he loves great challenges and wants to feel in the first person what all the athletes have transmitted to him in this fantastic adventure from north to south of Portugal. And do not think that he have abandoned the staff, he just want to enjoy all the work of a spectacular team dedicated to the brave who accept to ride 1000Km from Chaves to Sagres.
For 45 years that he's a full-time Portuguese, working as full-time designer for 20 years with a full-time passion for photography for 25 years and 14 years of full-time parenthood.
He has been mixing photography with everything he does, mainly with traveling and mountaineering.
His biggest challenge is to be able to capture that feeling you have when the landscape in front of you is bigger than life. "How can I frame that?”
He's still trying.
For 24 years now, that mountain bike became the other addiction. Collaborating with António Malvar, he guided hundreds of tours in Portugal and some outside. He has been using the bicycle to explore places like California (USA), Bali (Indonesia), Sikkim (Indian Himalayas), Pyrenees (Spain), Atlas (Marrocos).
He has been part of Transportugal in all shapes and forms since it’s inception. He helped to built it, design it, discover it and eventually to race it.
Now he photographs it so he can help the racers remember other feelings beside pain, effort and accomplishment.
Tiago Lages, is currently 41 years old and is IT administrator in a hospital of Portugal interior.
He loves mountains and especially Serra da Estrela, where pass the beautiful stage 3 of Transportugal. He loves mountaineering, climbing, paragliding, but it's the bike that has given him more challenges in recent years.
He has the privilege to live next to Serra da Estrela and be member of Clube de Montanhismo da Guarda. He has three little kids (two boys and a girl) and try all the time pass these passions to them.
Tiago has been proudly part of Transportugal STAFF since 2011.