Last week, having spent a few days out in the hills with clients I was in the mood for a long ride with a difference. Most of my clients are looking for cross country mountain bike routes, although from time to time, some clients tend to look for something without the technical challenges of off-road riding but still want a long day out.
With this in mind, I wanted to work on a route that would offer something completely different – and with huge variety. Essentially, I wanted to design a route that would begin in the countryside of our local area and finish in the heart of the city of Valencia, whilst avoiding main roads wherever possible…
With regular riding buddy Mark, we left the van in the town of Xeraco, just north of Gandia. After an obligatory coffee, we set off along a quiet country road that took us through orange groves and up the coast to the town of Cullera.
From Cullera there followed 7km of road riding to the town of Sueca from where we entered the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. This section of the ride was particularly pleasant as we rode through the rice fields along surfaced but very quiet country lanes.
We stopped in the famous “Paella village” of El Palmar for another coffee break before taking another quiet road out towards the coast, passing the lake of Albufera along the way.
We then took another trail, this time right alongside the beach. This great little trail took us up the Mediterranean coast and right into the city of Valencia where we biked through the Turia gardens (the original route of the river Turia) to the stunning architecture of the City of Arts & Sciences.
Our original plan was to take the train from Valencia back to our starting point. We´d done 63km and still felt fresh so decided to head back down to the town of Sueca, where having completed exactly 100km decided to call a halt and take the train from there.
A great ride, superbly varied and something very different.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.