About Us

About Cycling Centuries

Cycling Since 1986

Cycling Centuries began as a far-fetched suggestion in 1986 when few companies were in the field of cycle touring. My mother, Maggie Deffense, took that suggestion and ran with it, creating Cycling Through The Centuries, a unique and specialized company offering small group, culturally in-depth cycling trips off-the-beaten tourist path.

We started with tours in northern Portugal’s wine country and sunny West Coast and from there branched out to the rest of Portugal and into neighboring Spain and southern France, then later the less traveled destinations of Albania, Morocco and Croatia. Over the last 30 years we have shared our love of these countries with hundreds of other cyclists.

Who we are

In 2006, one time grease monkey and full time biker Martin Thompson joined the crew. With his mixed European heritage, Portuguese roots and a love of fine cycles & fine dining, and with Maggie's daughter Catherine at the helm, Cycling Centuries moved towards its goal of offering the best bicycle touring experience available, while remaining a small and personal active travel company.

Our in-depth knowledge of the locations, the people and their customs provides a unique cultural backdrop to all our tours. We consistently find the best places to eat and rest after an exhilarating day on the bike, so that every event is a memorable one. We look forward to cycling through the centuries with you - Imagine the memories you’ll bring home…
You can read the whole story in my mother's own words in our blog, in the mean time, I look forward to seeing you on the road!

Catherine Deffense
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