On Thursday 29th November we had the pleasure of working with Blanca-Fit, a health and fitness company based in Moriara, Spain. They provide specialist holidays for those wanting to lose weight and keep fit. We were delighted to provide an activity day as part of their schedule. We put together a day of guided mountain biking but also built-in a few sessions of technique and skills training. After the usual introductions and a brief safety demonstration, we set out onto the trail.
An initial descent took us down into a wooded valley, where we joined a stony trail that ran alongside the river. After a short while of relaxed riding we stopped and focused attention on safe descending techniques. All six group members adopted the correct techniques very quickly and were soon descending loose rocky terrain in complete control. After a short break by the riverside, we then turned our attention to a short but rocky ascent. Again, everyone did remarkably well, obviously growing in confidence as the day developed.
We then enjoyed a good long ride on the riverside trail and out into a wide valley of olive groves and vineyards before stopping at a small farming village where we had a “coffee and cake” stop.
The return leg took much the same route as the approach but gave more opportunities for coaching sessions focusing on safe riding techniques for loose and rocky terrain. We also had a further session on safe descending. Once again, all six group members did superbly well, descending a rocky trail in total safety and complete control.
A few steep climbs remained, but after almost a week at Blanca-Fit, the group were in good shape and managed to complete the route in good time.
We´d had a great day, with fine weather and good company. It had been a pleasure to work with Blanca-Fit and we look forward to further collaboration.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at MountianBikingValencia.com