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!!