The five-day trip of cyclists Maria Martins and Raquel Queirós along Estrada Nacional 2 ended today with the offer of six bicycles and a set of helmets for the children of Refúgio Aboim Ascensão, in Faro.
“It was a very emotional way to end this trip. It is a way to help those who need it most and to do it by trying to develop a passion for cycling in children ”, assumes Raquel Queirós, mentioned in a statement by the Portuguese Cycling Federation (FPC).
The five-day odyssey that started in Chaves, under the motto “Via Estrada Nacional 2 Rumo a Tokyo”, was also a way for the two runners to get to know part of the country, showing that the bicycle allows tourism to be healthier and closer to the territory and its people.
“In physical terms it is something that is done very well, as long as there is good management / organization and a controlled pace. We saw incredible landscapes. It was what I liked most about this adventure ", says Maria Martins, who already confesses plans for the future:" I have another challenge in mind: making our coast, which is fantastic. "
The initiative received the applause of the entire community, from cycling clubs to regional associations of the sport, including municipalities and the Olympic Committee of Portugal. Many people insisted on watching the matches and even sharing a few kilometers of road with the two runners.
“These days have surpassed all expectations, I never thought that so many people would join and support us during this challenge. In addition, the landscapes were incredible and we took the opportunity to get to know a little bit of our country, which is so beautiful! It was very good to share all this with ‘Tata’, who for me is a great example of determination and determination and a great figure in women's cycling ”, points out Raquel Queirós.
Maria Martins guaranteed the unprecedented clearance of Portuguese track cycling for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
With two tests to close the qualification, Raquel Queirós maintains the national BTT instead of qualifying for the Games. To materialize, it will be another unprecedented feat, because it will be the first Portuguese female participation in the Olympic cross country (XCO).