Depopulation, desertification, degradation. This is a journey through what we left behind. In the past 5 decades, the population living in Portugal increased 50% in coastal areas and decreased 40% in inland regions. The population density in the coast is around 375 times bigger than in inland territories. Less than 1/5 of the total national younger population lives here. 60% of them plan or want to move to coastal urban cities. The number and intensity of the wildfires is increasing due to the abandonment of the florestal/agricultural areas and lack of land management - playing a much more determinant factor than climate change. Furthermore, we disable railway lines and we significantly reduced the investment in health and education.

However, this is also a story and journey through the expectations and hope of (re)territorialization of the Portuguese inland areas. Nature is struggling to rewild the land. Newcomers and temporary visitors are encouraging and promoting new projects. 'INLand' is eventually following the same path.

The project includes a collection of off-road bikepacking routes in inland areas of Portugal and an adventure-cycling ride across Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro: 'A Trans Montana'. It is an off-road journey through the cultural heritages at Northeast of Portugal with 650 kilometers and 13.500 meters of climbing. The adventure starts on June 24 2023 in Porto. Registration opens on February 1, 2022.

Porto. Where the journey begins.

The adventure doesn't start by bike but actually... by train. Riders will follow the opposite direction of the exodus route.  From São Bento train station located at Historic Centre of Porto (UNESCO Heritage Site) to the heart of Douro Valley.