In preparation for the forthcoming season, I have been working on a new Guided Mountain Bike Route that will now be added to our portfolio. This is one of our tougher routes as it includes some very steep ascents and takes in a remote and high mountain pass.
I´ve been working on this one for a while, essentially trying to join up various off-road sections to form a circular route that minimises the amount of on-road work and makes the most of the rural tracks and trails. After 3 or 4 outings, today´s objective was to ride and record the entire route.
The ride started in the historical village of Simat, a 15 drive from our home base of La Drova. For the first part of the ride I made use of the dirt tracks that serve the orange groves of the Alzira Valley. Above the greenery of the valley rose the peaks of the Sierra de les Agulles, my return route.
Having passed the ancient monastery of Aguas Vivas, I then followed the route of a disused railway line that took me to the agricultural town of Alzira, where I stopped to enjoy a coffee in the warming winter sun.
I then left the town on a semi-surfaced lane that gradually climbed up into the craggy valley of the Sierra de la Murta. Initially, the lane took me between orange groves, before climbing up into the remote mountain valley with spectacular limestone pinnacles and cliffs on either side.
After a lunch stop in the pine forest I began the hardest section of the route, essentially a sustained steep climb up a rocky track. Although not too technically demanding, the terrain was steep and rocky in places and demanded attention.
I eventually emerged into the high and remote valley of the Sierra de les Agulles and could see the track stretching out into the distance.
This valley is such a beautiful and wild place, and a pleasure to ride. Although the track had a few more steep climbs in store it provided some great riding in amongst fantastic mountain scenery.
I eventually reached the end of the valley and emerged high above the town of Simat, some 400 metres below me. All that remained was a brief check of the brakes and a very steep descent down the hairpins of a semi-surfaced track.
The ride was 42km in length and for sure provided a tough day out, but the rewards for hard work were the views of some stunning mountain scenery.