This autumn has been unusually warm even by Valencian standards, with November midday temperatures reaching 30 degrees C on many days. Therefore the sudden drop to around 12 degrees was somewhat of a shock this weekend. However, the day dawned bright with only light cloud and a good deal of sunshine.
My clients for the day were a couple of cyclists from the south coast of England. One of them owned a holiday property in the area and was keen to enjoy a day of guided mountain biking with his friend who was visiting with family. We soon solved the problem of the chilly morning with a 20 minute climb up a gravel trail that took us up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera. Having warmed up nicely we continued over the hills before enjoying a relaxed descent into a small Valencian farming village where we stopped for a coffee break.
Another short but steep climb took us up into little known hanging valley where local farmers have been growing plums, almonds and olives for generations. After a brief rest we set off down a long, flowing rocky trail into the Barxeta valley.
A short climb then took us over to the village of Barx where we paused to enjoy the spectacular views of the peaks of Valldigna.
A good ride out in the winter sunshine, some great trails, spectacular views and good company!
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.