FORGET Gerry Francis' Terror Tuesday's ... QPR’s players were pushed to their very limits on our pre-season tour of Portugal this morning.
Much has been made of Ian Holloway’s famous / dreaded (*delete as appropriate) hill runs in the Algarve - and they did not disappoint!
A 700 metre uphill run, with stop-stations approximately a third and two-thirds of the way up, might not seem beyond the realms of the extraordinary, but seeing is believing and factoring in the 25+ degree heat in Lagos, it’s fair to say the players earned their Hoops this morning.
The players were split into pairs or threes for the 90-minute session, which started with six sets of 200m sprints up the long and winding road from the beach, heading back up town towards the R’s team hotel.
After those six runs - and with the manager buoyed by their impressive times - the players were then given the news that they’d now be undergoing another six-sets, this time from approximately 200 metres to 500 metres.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the final set - with the heat nearing its peak in the midday sun - saw the players return to the bottom of the hill and complete two more sets to the summit, to complete an incredible morning’s work.
QPR defender Jake Bidwell, who remarkably seemed to canter through most of the sets, told www.qpr.co.uk: “It was tough, that’s for sure.
“It was physically and mentally challenging, probably more mentally than anything else.
“Personally, I was just trying to stay as focused as I could because no matter how hard it was, you knew there was more to come!
“To say we were pleased when it was over would be an understatement.”
With another 90-minute football session to come this afternoon, it’s fair to say the squad will sleep well tonight!
A birds eye view of the hill from hell
WE bring you an aerial view of the challenge that faced the QPR squad in Portugal.