I recently had the pleasure of providing a couple of days of guided mountain biking for a couple from Cumbria, UK. They were on holiday in Spain and had previously arranged with me to combine a city break and mountain biking in Valencia. The close proximity to some stunning mountains makes Valencia an ideal destination for those wanting to combine a visit to this enchanting city with some cross country mountain biking.
We met on our first morning on the outskirts of the city and made the short drive up into the hills, starting our ride at a mountain village high in the Sierra de Calderona.
Our route began with a short climb up and over a ridge-line before a long and fabulous descent on rocky trails that took us through some remote hill country to the northern edge of the Sierra. We dropped into a valley where we then enjoyed a short easy section along a disused railway line before we turned off and headed back into the mountains.
After another short climb up through olive groves, we stopped for lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking a lagoon.
Following a rest in the warm autumn sunshine, we took to the trail again. First of all a great little track that provided some fun descents and some short steep climbs, all amongst fabulous scenery before taking on the “sting in the tail”…a 5km climb that took us back over the Sierra de Calderona. The hard work was rewarded with some great views and a fast descent back to the village.
Once the bikes were packed into the van, we made the short journey back to Valencia where my clients enjoyed a night out in the historical quarter of this beautiful city.
The next day we opted for another route in the Sierra de Calderona, this time with a starting point on the south side of the Natural Park, just 30 minutes drive from the city centre. The first section was along a great little section of single track that provided the ideal warm-up. It then took to a rocky trail that climbed gently up into the forested mountains that overlook the Valencian coastline.
This route includes quite a long and sustained climb, but with rewards are worth the effort. The views out across the Sierra de Calderona and further across the Valencian coastal plain coupled with a long and flowing descent make for a great end to the day.
It had been a pleasure to spend these two days with such enthusiastic couple and to show them the delights of mountain biking in Valencia.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.