The statue of cyclist Remco Evenepoel, by widely recognised artist Carlos de Oliveira Correia, was inaugurated on the 22 September in Foia, Monchique.
The artist’s statue captures the arrival of winning cyclist Evenepoel in Alto da Foia in the “Volta ao Algarve 2020”.
Foia has hosted many important competitive events featuring cyclists: Joaquim Agostinho, Alberto Contador, Vitor Gamito, Candido Barbosa, Amaro Antunes, Joaquim Gomes, José Azevedo, Delmino Pereira, Geraint Thomas, Tadej Pogäcar, Primox Roglic, amongst others.
The inauguration event was held by the former Mayor of Monchique, Rui Andre and was attended by Delmino Pereira, President of the Portuguese Cycling Federation, Ricardo Rodrigues, President of the Algarve Cycling Association and artist, Carlos de Oliveira Correia.
The Municipality of Monchique wanted to honour the effort of reaching the top of the Foia and to celebrate Evenepoel’s win at this prominent place. The moment he arrives at the top of the mountain and celebrates his victory was chosen by Rui Andre, “who wanted to mark what will certainly be from now on a place of celebration in reaching the top of the Algarve and symbolises the honour of such a great achievement.”
From waterfalls to streams and mountains, the varied nature of its on road and off-road bike routes offer a challenge that has drawn many cyclists to the area.
Rui Andre, recognised how valuable this contribution was to the Cycling Federation by stating that “it represents a unique landscape that has been affirmed as one of the main destinations and tourist attractions of avid cyclists who dare to try and imitate their idols daily.”
“Monchique as an important cycling destination, not only in Portugal but internationally, further stating how important the ‘Volta ao Algarve’ event is in the world cycling calendar.”
Local clubs were also recognised for their continued interest and organisation of sporting events in the municipality. Rui André highlighted the “interest created by these events in recent years and the popularity that the municipality has gained due to its incomparable landscape as well as how the area has benefited socially and economically, furthering the rise of practising sports in Monchique.”