Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming back some returning clients from UK. They did a guided mountain bike route with me last winter and had vowed to return for a longer route this year.
Having spoken to the group about the kind of day they were looking for, and the kind of terrain they´d like to ride, we opted for a day of mountain biking in Xativa.
We began our route in the Valle de Barxeta, and warmed up with a relaxed ride along some easy trails through orange groves, then a short stretch of road took us into the beautiful Valencian town of Xativa.
Xativa is a wonderfully historical town, is the birthplace of the only two Spanish popes and the first place in Europe to produce paper. With such historical value, and a charming antique quarter, we opted for a short ride around the town, taking in some of the main monuments, before resting in the shade of the market square for a coffee.
After the visit to Xativa, we took to a very pretty riverside trail that we followed out into the Albaida valley. This had some great sections of off-road riding amongst fabulous scenery.
The day was hotting up by now so we stopped for a light lunch in a bar in a local olive farming village. Once rested and re-hydrated, we began a sustained yet comfortable climb up into the hills of the Sierra de Buixcaro where we enjoyed a long section of off-road trail riding through a wooded mountain pass.
This extremely pretty trail took us over the top of this small sierra before we enjoyed a great descent back into the Valle de Barxeta. It had been a warm day, but we´d paced the ride well, took plenty of water, and returned feeling fit and well.
It´s always a special pleasure to welcome back returning clients. Today had been no exception, blue skies, great trails, and fabulous company.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia