Sep 062014
 

In late August I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided mountain biking in Alicante for a client from UK.

Heading out into the Sierra de Mariola

Heading out into the Sierra de Mariola

During the hottest months of July and August, I often base myself in the Sierra de Mariola in the interior of Alicante.  Much of the landmass is above 900 metres above sea-level, making it more comfortable for summer biking.  It´s less than an hour from Alicante so is a very convenient location for many.  Neil was staying on the Costa Blanca so enjoyed the drive up to Mariola where we met and began our ride.

Mountain Biking in Alicante

We started close to one of the province´s prettiest villages, Bocairent, before heading out on a beautiful trail into the Sierra de Mariola.  Once warmed up and into our “stride” we began a series of ascents and descents along some great rocky tracks.  The scenery in the Mariola is extremely pretty, and the area offers some great cross country mountain biking.  Neil is an experienced cyclist but wanted to incorporate some skills training into the day, so we focussed on some key techniques that he soon mastered.

Sunflowers in the Sierra de Mariola

Sunflowers in the Sierra de Mariola

After a coffee-stop in the historical village of Banyeres de Mariola, we then took to a slightly more technical trail that took us through woodland to the base of the areas highest peak Montcabrer which is almost 1400 metres above sea level.

After a picnic lunch in the shade of some ancient pines, we headed back to the van, finishing the day with a short section of single-track.

It had been a hot day, but with some slight route modifications, plenty of water and a sensible pace, we´d enjoyed a great ride.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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