Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Perrine and Laurens from Belgium. They had recently contacted me to arrange a weekend in our area as part of a longer stay in the Valencia region.
Having listened to their plans, I suggested a package offer that combined pick-up from the local railway station, 2 nights accommodation at a local country guest house, a day of guided mountain biking and drop-off at their next hotel. Having agreed terms, they made the reservation and soon after I met them at Gandia railway station.
They spent their weekend at the guest house “Casona Ferrando” in our home village of La Drova, where they were able to enjoy the peaceful mountain environment. Upon arrival we discussed the kind of ride they were looking for. Both young and fit, they wanted a full day that would provide a challenge and take them through remote country. Only one had experience in off-road riding so I decided upon a route that would provide a good mix of terrain with some skills coaching along the way.
The next morning, after a safety demonstration and general practice session we began our route with a climb up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera. Both managed the steep ascent without problems and we were soon up in the mountains. A beautiful trail took us over the hills and down to a remote village where we stopped for a coffee in the square.
Then followed a section of road riding through a wide green valley before another sustained climb up into the hills. Both riders were performing very well and had handled everything in a determined yet controlled and relaxed manner. I therefore decided to take them up over a pass with a beautiful stony trail through forested mountain country.
With a little coaching on technique and riding style they both handled the bikes very well and really enjoyed riding the trail.
After another rest stop at the next village we finished the 43km ride with a road ride back up through the hills to La Drova.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.