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 Holidays in Valencia

Bespoke Active Holidays in Valencia

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of providing a couple of days of guided mountain biking.  My clients were both experienced bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, originally from USA but now living in Switzerland.  They had designed their own bespoke trip and we had worked together to ensure that the biking element of their holiday was exactly what they were looking for. They had begun their holiday in the beautiful city of Valencia where they´d enjoyed the vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere this very special city provides.  They then spent a few nights at the rural retreat Refugio Marnes before ending [read more]

Winter Mountain Biking in Valencia

Winter Mountain Biking in Valencia

This autumn has been unusually warm even by Valencian standards, with November midday temperatures reaching 30 degrees C on many days.  Therefore the sudden drop to around 12 degrees was somewhat of a shock this weekend.  However, the day dawned bright with only light cloud and a good deal of sunshine. My clients for the day were a couple of cyclists from the south coast of England.  One of them owned a holiday property in the area and was keen to enjoy a day of guided mountain biking with his friend who was visiting with family.  We soon solved the [read more]

Off-road cycling in Valencia: The routes and trails you have to cycle

Off-road cycling in Valencia: The routes and trails you have to cycle

If you love off-road cycling, Valencia is without a doubt the best place to go on holiday. Valencia, which can be found in Spain, is a Mediterranean paradise that has an impressive array of attractions and activities on offer but, for any cycling fanatics, the museums and art galleries will probably have to wait! When off-road cycling in Valencia, you’re sure to enjoy your fair share of truly spectacular sights. Many of the routes will take you to far-flung places, so you can experience some of the more tucked away areas of the city. Here are some of the best [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking & Skills Training

Guided Mountain Biking & Skills Training

I recently had the pleasure of meeting husband and wife Roger & Birgit, from Germany together with Roger´s brother Mark from UK.  They were holidaying in the orange growing region of Valldigna, between the town of Alzira and the beautiful old village of Simat.  Together, we had designed a bespoke couple of days that were to include long cross country rides but with a strong element of skills coaching along the way. Day one began with a gentle ride through orange groves and olive groves, all on easy dirt trails, allowing them to become familiar with the Trek mountain bikes [read more]

Training Ride for Marathon Charity Bike Trip in Cuba.

Training Ride for Marathon Charity Bike Trip in Cuba.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Karen and Chris from Manchester, UK.  They were on vacation in La Drova and had previously booked a day of guided mountain biking with me.  The day was especially interesting as Karen was training for a 400km bike trip across Cuba to raise funds for a women’s cancer charity.  You can see more information on Karen’s Blog. As well as an ideal training ride, we also included some fundamental off-road skills training.  The day began with a ride through the Barxeta valley, then through orange groves to the beautiful and historical town of [read more]

Birthday Mountain Biking

Birthday Mountain Biking

Over the Easter weekend I had the pleasure of providing a mountain biking short break for a super couple from London. Samantha had arranged the trip as a surprise for her partner´s 30th birthday. They had chosen to stay at Casa Aldomar in the beautiful old town of Xativa. The first day was a relatively short ride of some 35km albeit with some quite steep climbing. This took us up into the Sierra de Marxuquera, along some gravel trails before descending into the Albaida valley for a coffee break in a farming village. We then took to some slightly more [read more]

Mountain Biking in Valencia.

Mountain Biking in Valencia.

On 28th March, we arranged a day of guided mountain biking for a Dutch couple who were taking a short break in the city of Valencia and wanted to make the most of the region´s beautiful mountains. They took the train from Valencia to Gandia, passing through the natural park and rice fields of Albufera along the way.  We met in Gandia and made the short road journey to the start of the route in the La Safor mountains.  Although both very active people, they were new to mountain biking, so the day commenced with a brief safety demonstration, and [read more]