Cycling for families in Spain

Cycling for families in Spain

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Annabel, Mark and their son James.  They had travelled from Poland to spend a week in Valencia as a surprise celebration of Mark´s birthday.  I had previously communicated at length with Annabel, and together we´d designed a trip for them that was essentially a twin-centre holiday as a way of enjoying the diversity of the Valencian Community.  I really enjoyed working with them as one of my key priorities is to help my clients to make the absolute best of their time, to discover virtually unknown corners of Spain and to provide [read more]

Mountain biking and walking in Valencia

Mountain biking and walking in Valencia

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with Monika, a client from New Zealand who was spending some time exploring Southern Europe.  She had arranged to spend a few days in Valencia and wanted to combine the delights of this very special city with a couple of days of guided activity in the local mountains.  Having discussed her wishes, we designed a couple of days that would include mountain biking and walking in Valencia.  Both days would be spent in the Sierra de Calderona, a wonderful mountainous Natural Park that´s less than 30 minutes by [read more]

Mountain Biking Holidays in Valencia

Mountain Biking Holidays in Valencia

This week was special for me.  Not just because we enjoyed some great trails, new routes and fantastic Spring weather, but because I spent the week with two long standing clients who have since become friends.  Scott and Alain live in Montreal, Canada and this was the third time in three years that they have visited us for their mountain biking holidays in Valencia. A few weeks before their trip, we discussed various options and designed a bespoke holiday for them.  This included a return to the mountains of La Safor for the first few days of their trip. The second [read more]

January 2014 Bulletin

January 2014 Bulletin

As ever I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I hope that you´re all well, have had a good festive period and that 2014 biking plans and objectives are taking shape! The purpose of this bulletin is to reflect briefly on the last year but more so to keep you informed of new developments here in Valencia. 2013 was a successful and busy year, and I was fortunate enough to share many a great day with many interesting people. Many thanks to you all for your support. Special thanks to those who [read more]

Bespoke Active Tourism in Valencia

Bespoke Active Tourism in Valencia

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming back a group of returning clients from UK.  They had previously visited the Valencia region on numerous occasions so knew the area well.  Prior to their trip, we had worked together to design a specific package of activities for them, aimed at delivering exactly what they were looking for from their holiday.  Ultimately, this included bike hire, a day of guided biking and a day of guided mountain walking.   Our first day together was a long and challenging trip.  We had opted to trek up the spectacular 1100m peak of Benicadell [read more]

New Mountain Bike Routes for 2013

New Mountain Bike Routes for 2013

Looking ahead to the new year, an important task is to add some new routes to our collection.  We have routes to suit all abilities including complete novice, families with young children, casual riders and experienced cross country bikers.  This week´s project was a route that uses a quiet mountain lane to gain height in one of our spectacular local sierras.   Once up high, we used rocky trails to descend into some little known hidden valleys.  This part of the route took us into some remote country, with a feeling of isolation and peace.  The trails demanded attention but [read more]

Mountain Biking with Blanca-Fit.

Mountain Biking with Blanca-Fit.

On Thursday 29th November we had the pleasure of working with Blanca-Fit, a health and fitness company based in Moriara, Spain. They provide specialist holidays for those wanting to lose weight and keep fit. We were delighted to provide an activity day as part of their schedule.  We put together a day of guided mountain biking but also built-in a few sessions of technique and skills training. After the usual introductions and a brief safety demonstration, we set out onto the trail. An initial descent took us down into a wooded valley, where we joined a stony trail that ran [read more]

Mountain Biking & City Break to Valencia

Mountain Biking & City Break to Valencia

On Saturday 24th November we arranged a guided mountain bike trip for a group from UK who were visiting a friend in the city of Valencia.  All experienced mountain bikers, they wanted to combine a short city break with a day of guided biking.  After a brief introduction and summary of the plans for the day we began the route with a gentle climb over a pass. We soon left the road and took to the trails, initially along a wooded track before beginning the day´s longest climb up trail that put us on top of the Sierra de Marxuquera. [read more]

Hills & Skills.

Hills & Skills.

As part of the bespoke activity holiday that we´ve recently designed for Anne & Nigel from UK, we provided what is becoming an increasingly popular choice – a day of guided cross country mountain biking that included a few sessions of skills coaching.  Anne was particularly interested in developing her technique of descending rocky tracks. With that in mind we started the day with a sustained climb up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera, and up onto a trail that would provide some great descents.  Having spent some time perfecting body posture and braking and steering techniques we enjoyed the sweeping [read more]