Following an especially hot and dry August, September has seen a dramatic drop of over 10oC, giving peak day time temperatures of 25 degrees. With a gentle breeze, this provided superb conditions for today´s ride.
Anthony, a GP from UK was on holiday with friends and family and had contacted us to arrange a day of guided mountain biking. A fit and experienced rider, he was looking for quite a long and varied route that would provide him with a taste of the Valencian hills and countryside.
He rented one of our Trek mountain bikes and after a few minor adjustments we set out on the trail. The day started with its longest climb up a wide gravel track, up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera. Once in the mountains the air was a little cooler, and with very little humidity we enjoyed clear views over the mountains and down to the Mediterranean.
A beautiful ride along rocky dirt trails took us over the hills before we enjoyed a long descent to a small farming village where we stopped for coffee. A short section of road riding through the valley followed, before we began our next climb up into the mountains. After a lunch stop amongst some stunning mountain scenery we enjoyed a great winding trail over a pass and down through forested hills. The terrain was superb, technical enough to demand attention but relaxing enough to be able to enjoy the trail and the surroundings.
We eventually arrived in the next valley and took a short break at another fruit farming village where we refilled water bottles prior to the third climb of the day, up and over a pass into the La Drova valley.
After a few kms of quiet surfaced country lanes, we hit the trail again and followed a rocky dirt track back to our base in La Drova.
We´d completed 41kms with 1089 metres of ascent. We´d enjoyed a great ride out in perfect conditions and had been blessed with some superb views of the Valencian mountains.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.