A Morning in the Mountains

A Morning in the Mountains

Last week, together with regular biking partner Mark I enjoyed a great ride out in the mountains that surround our village. In the summer heat it´s always worth adapting the routes to get the steepest or longest climb done first whilst the morning is still relatively fresh. We began by climbing out of the La Drova valley up a steep track that placed us on top of the Sierra de Marxuquera. The hard work done, we then enjoyed a relaxed ride over the hills before beginning our descent into the remote mountain village of Pinet where we sat in the [read more]

Cross Country Biking in Valencia.

Cross Country Biking in Valencia.

Last week I enjoyed a great day out with a couple of clients from England.  Alan and Sarah are outdoor enthusiasts and had already enjoyed a day´s walking whilst on holiday here in La Drova.  Sarah has many years of mountaineering experience and Alan is a regular biker. We were fortunate in that there was some cloud cover as we biked out of La Drova towards the village of Barx.  Once on the trail we spent a little time practising safe techniques for descending and ascending loose and rocky trails.  Both Sarah and Alan found this to be of great [read more]

Guided Active Tourism Package.

Guided Active Tourism Package.

I´ve been fortunate enough to spend the past few days with two great clients from Rotterdam in The Netherlands.  Harry and his son Lars contacted me early this year to discuss the possibility of arranging a Guided Active Tourism Short Break prior to their family holiday in Valencia.  Both fit and keen bikers, they wanted to explore this beautiful area of Spain and to enjoy the mountains and countryside that it has to offer.  Following some discussion, I proposed an itinerary that would comprise a day of mountain walking and two days of mountain biking. On our first day together, [read more]

Guided Biking & Culture Trip.

Guided Biking & Culture Trip.

For 3 days in June I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for an international group of doctors, scientists and medical experts from Australia, USA and Italy.  They´d attended a conference in the city of Valencia and wanted a short break afterwards that would be based on cycling but would take in some of the local culture.  After a welcome drink at the Casa Rural Casona de Ferrando in our home village of La Drova, we discussed the plans for the trip. On Sunday we travelled to the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. As this was [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking with Skills Training.

Guided Mountain Biking with Skills Training.

On Saturday 19th May, I provided a guided mountain bike trip for a Spanish couple who were spending some time in our area.  They had requested a guided route that included some specific skills training, so I chose a route that would offer a good variety of terrain. Raul brought his own bike, but Eva hired one of ours. After the usual safety briefing, we set off along the trails.  Along the way we stopped at a number of points where I provided basic technique training on how to safely and effectively descend and ascend rough trails.  We also spent [read more]

A Birthday Present - Guided Mountain Biking!

A Birthday Present – Guided Mountain Biking!

On Saturday 12th May I was fortunate enough to provide a day of guided mountain biking for a couple from Palma de Gandia.  Both of them keen, fit and active, Alison had booked the trip as a gift for her husband´s birthday. We began the day with a coffee in the Valle de Albaida from where the ride began before getting the only sustained climb of the day done before the sun was too high in the sky.  Both riders soon began to feel comfortable with the bikes and were clearly enjoying the stoney trails through the mountains. A great [read more]

Bike Hire in Gandia

Bike Hire in Gandia

On Friday 20th April, I received a call from the Casa Rural (B&B) Villa Florencia.  A family of 4 from England were staying there and wanted to hire 4 of our mountain bikes with which to explore the beautiful valley of Marxuquera. Having taken the relevant information on sizing etc, we delivered the four bikes to Villa Florencia and after a brief safety demonstration the guests were trying out the bikes.  Mountain biking was new to two of the group but they soon felt comfortable with the bikes.  We also provided a self guided route pack.  Specifically designed for beginners, [read more]

Guided Biking for Families in Valencia

Guided Biking for Families in Valencia

On 10th April I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for a family group who were holidaying in Spain.  The group comprised 4 adults and 2 children, both aged 10.  Although some members had mountain biking experience, others didn´t so we opted to do a trip around the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia.  Although the route was 34km in length, it was flat with no technical terrain. Each member of the group hired a mountain bike from us, and after some last minute checks, we began the ride.  To make the day more interesting for the [read more]

Mountain Biking Holiday in Valencia

Mountain Biking Holiday in Valencia

This week we provided mountain bikes to a group of clients from Canada who had booked a mountain biking holiday in Valencia. All experienced bikers, they opted for a combination of self guiding, using some route information packages provided by ourselves plus a day of guiding. Having delivered the Trek mountain bikes to their holiday accommodation, we decided upon Thursday 29th March as the day for the guided biking. We met in the village close to their holiday home and set off in the van to the Valle de Albaida where we enjoyed a coffee together whilst I checked and [read more]