In late August I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided mountain biking in Alicante for a client from UK.
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.
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.
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.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia