On Saturday 6th April, we arranged a day of guided mountain biking for a couple from Valencia. This was part of a surprise weekend break, and included two nights at the rural guest house La Casona Ferrando in our home village of La Drova.
Fernando and Vibrana were new to mountain biking so we opted for a beautiful route that passes through a wooded limestone gorge, not technical but sufficiently challenging to provide a great environment in which to learn some basic off-road techniques.
After the usual safety briefing, we began with a gentle trail before taking on a steep descent into the valley. After a section of fairly level woodland trail we moved onto much rockier ground. After a few practice sessions, we then took on some descents and a rocky ascent, all of which were successfully completed and in complete control.
A long section of fairly relaxed riding took us out of the valley and into a local farming village where we enjoyed a coffee break.
Our return route included a river crossing and a gentle but long climb back up to the trail that would lead us once more through the gorge. The sting in the tail of this route is that there are three short but very steep climbs to finish on. Each one was taken on in exactly the right frame of mind and with superb technique. All three were climbed successfully – a wonderful achievement for a great couple!
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.