Mountain Biking in Spain MTB http://mountainbikingvalencia.com MTB Valencia Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:16:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Mountain biking and walking in Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/10/13/mountain-biking-walking-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/10/13/mountain-biking-walking-valencia/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:16:08 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2501

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 [read more]

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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 car from the city centre.

Valencia´s Historical Quarter

Valencia´s Historical Quarter

On day one, I collected Monika from her hotel in the city centre and we made the short journey into the mountains.  Before the walk, we stopped for a coffee and discussed the plans for our two days together, covering health and safety issues, and making any specific modifications to the routes to provide maximum enjoyment and a bespoke experience.

Scrambling up the Canal del Garbi

Scrambling up the Canal del Garbi

 

 

Our plan for today was to walk up to the summit of El Garbi, a rocky peak that looks out across the Valencian Mediterranean coastline.  Rather than just walk up a footpath, we opted to scramble up the gully of “Canal de El Garbi”.  Always interesting, and with some great views, this route climbs a rocky gully that has some fixed chains in the steepest sections.  The scramble was great fun, and we soon found ourselves at the top of the gully, just a five minute walk away from the summit.  The weather was superb, with hardly any wind and clear 360 degree views, so we sat on the summit and enjoyed lunch there.

Views from the summit of El Garbi

Views from the summit of El Garbi

After lunch we began our descent by a different route, this time via a scree run which was followed by a forested section of mountain trail.  Once back in the village, we retraced our steps to the van before making the short journey back to Valencia.

On day two, I met Monika at her hotel before making another brief journey to the Sierra de Calderona, this time to an area a little further west.  Having prepared the mountain bikes, we set off along a very pretty country lane that took us to the beginning of our trail.  The route began on some simple forest trails before beginning to climb higher up into the sierra.  After a short break in the shade of a stand of pines, we tackled the main climb of the day.  The effort was worthwhile as the views from our high point were fabulous.  After another break and lunch-stop we began our long descent that was both exhilarating and rewarding, with a combination of great trail riding and stunning views.

Mountain biking in the Sierra de Calderona, Valencia

Mountain biking in the Sierra de Calderona, Valencia

We eventually arrived at a small mountain village where we enjoyed a cold beer in the shade of the village square before making the short trip back to the van.

Within less than 30 thirty minutes later we were back in the city of Valencia.

It had been a pleasure to design a bespoke trip for Monika and to spend a couple of days with her in the mountains.  She´s had a couple of superb mountain days whilst combining her adventures with a break in the wonderfully vibrant city of Valencia.

David Warrington

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Autumn 2014 Bulletin http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/27/mountain-biking-in-spain/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/27/mountain-biking-in-spain/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:11:17 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2493

I´d like as usual to open this Autumn 2014 bulletin by thanking my clients for another great Spring and Summer season. It´s been a busy period and one during which I´ve met some wonderful people as well as having the pleasure of welcoming back some returning clients which is always very special for me.   [read more]

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I´d like as usual to open this Autumn 2014 bulletin by thanking my clients for another great Spring and Summer season. It´s been a busy period and one during which I´ve met some wonderful people as well as having the pleasure of welcoming back some returning clients which is always very special for me.

 

Relocation to Valencia

This year has also been exciting as we relocated to the city of Valencia , a move that has added an extra dimension for our clients who wish to combine a break in this amazing city with some mountain biking in the surrounding sierras. Many of our clients have seized upon this and have enjoyed the “best of both Worlds”. The superb cross country trails of the Sierra de Calderona are (incredibly!) little more than 30 minutes drive from the heart of the city.

 

The Sierra de Calderona is just a half  hour drive from the city of Valencia

The Sierra de Calderona is just a half
hour drive from the city of Valencia

A New Rural Base

For those who are looking for either a twin-centre holiday or perhaps a more rural location, we have also recently developed a second operating area in the beautiful Sierra de Mariola Natural Park. Having a base in this stunning area has allowed us to offer this little known corner of Spain as a mountain biking destination.

Whilst been a “World away” from the popular coastal resorts of the Costa Blanca, the Sierra de Mariola lies less than an hour´s drive from Alicante airport. It´s an ideal destination for those looking to combine mountain biking with the rich history, culture, gastronomy and amazing natural spaces that this area has to offer.

Montcabrer (1400m) in the Sierra de Mariola This area offers some excellent cross country  mountain biking amongst stunning scenery

Montcabrer (1400m) in the Sierra de Mariola. This area offers some excellent cross country mountain biking amongst stunning scenery

 

Accommodation

Many of our clients take the opportunity to design bespoke trips with us that often include a few days of mountain biking plus free days during which they can relax or explore the area in which they´re staying. For those opting to stay in Valencia, this city has a huge variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.

El Masqi

El Masqi

For those wishing to stay in the Sierra de Mariola, we have pleasure in recommending some very special places that are owned and run by friends and colleagues of ours. These include the rural hotel El Masqi, ideal for those looking for a peaceful rural location and organic fine cuisine. Visit www.masqi.es

One of the beautiful apartments at Alqueria del Pilar

One of the beautiful apartments at Alqueria del Pilar

For those who wish to be closer to a village centre whilst having the added flexibility of self-catering, we can recommend the beautiful Alqueria del Pilar. These self contained apartments are situated within a lovingly restored Valencian manor farmhouse.  Visit www.alqueriadelpilar.com

 

Guided Mountain Biking & Skills Training

Our philosophy of not mixing groups and aiming to provide absolute best levels of personal service helps us to offer bespoke trips for our clients.  Something that has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years is a combination of guided cross country mountain biking with a strong element of off-road skills training.

Many of our clients have opted for this blend that often provides some lasting memories of biking through stunning scenery on great trails whilst providing skills and techniques that increase safety, confidence and enjoyment.

Mountain biking in Xativa

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Trip Advisor

Finally, a word of thanks to all those who have kindly posted reviews on Trip Advisor. Thanks to your positive reviews, Mountain Biking Valencia has greatly improved its ranking and is now officially “Recommended”. This is a big help and one that I genuinely appreciate. Many thanks for your support.
Now that we have a base in both Valencia and the Sierra de Mariola, we´re well positioned to welcome those arriving at either Valencia or Alicante airport. Please feel free to contact us with your enquiries. I hope to see you soon and to enjoy some great mountain biking in Spain with you.

 

David Warrington

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Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Mountain Biking from Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/19/mountain-biking-from-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/19/mountain-biking-from-valencia/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:58:45 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2480

I´ve just returned from 3 great days of mountain biking from Valencia with a client from UK.  Damian spent a day with me last year when he booked a beginners skills course and combined this with a city break in Valencia.  He enjoyed his time in Valencia so much that he decided to make a [read more]

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I´ve just returned from 3 great days of mountain biking from Valencia with a client from UK.  Damian spent a day with me last year when he booked a beginners skills course and combined this with a city break in Valencia.  He enjoyed his time in Valencia so much that he decided to make a return visit and combine his visit with 3 days of bespoke guided mountain biking.  His specific requirements were essentially 3 full days of guided mountain biking that included a strong element of off-road riding skills training.  Our philosophy of never mixing groups allows us to provide bespoke trips for our clients and it was a pleasure to discuss with Damian exactly what he wanted from his time with us.

City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia

City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia

Day 1

However, the best planning is always subject to weather conditions and in late summer in Valencia, it´s something that we have to be very much aware of.  Even by our standards, there was a heatwave forecast for our first day!  The temperatures in the mountains that we had planned to visit were to peak at 36 degrees C that day, so after a brief discussion we opted for a low level, non-technical acclimatisation ride.  We decided upon a flat route of some 35kms through the wetlands and rice growing area of the Albufera de Valencia Natural Park.  Although a little different from “Plan A” we also incorporated an element of natural history and culture into the ride as Damian has an interest in local Valencian traditions and history.

Flamingoes at Albufera de Valencia

Flamingoes at Albufera de Valencia

Our route took us along a trail that ran beside the beach, through a native Mediterrenean pine forest then onto the lanes that wind their way through Valencia´s rice fields.  We also visited a small nature reserve and the historical village of El Palmar, the birthplace of Spain´s most famous dish, paella.

The rice fields of Albufera with the mountains of Valencia in the background

The rice fields of Albufera with the mountains of Valencia in the background

Although the route was not what was originally planned, it served well as a means of accclimatising to riding in the heat prior to our second and third days which were going to be tougher.

Day 2 

After a couple of rest days over the weekend, the weather had thankfully become a little cooler, returning to “normal” September temperatures.  On Monday morning we made the short trip to the Sierra de Calderona Natural Park.  These mountains hold some great cross country trails, big climbs, long descents, all surrounded by great scenery.  After a coffee in one of the local villages, we set out along a short section of singletrack, focussing on line selection, smooth and efficient braking and safe riding through sand and gravel.

Sierra de Calderona

Sierra de Calderona

Our route then took to a wider rocky trail that climbed, gradually at first before becoming much steeper and rockier.  This provided some great opportunities to practice climbing techniques on mixed terrain.  After some hard work and a brief lunch stop, we arrived at our high point of the day with extensive views across the Valencian mountains and down towards the Mediterranean coast.

The Sierra de Calderona has some great cross country mountain biking trails and lies within 30 minutes of Valencia city centre

The Sierra de Calderona has some great cross country mountain biking trails and lies within 30 minutes of Valencia city centre

There followed a long descent, mainly on a relatively loose trail.  We did this in sections, using the time to practice the correct descent posture, safe braking and steering.  Once at the bottom of the trail, wrists and hands a little sore we dropped straight into a small village where we took a rest and a well earned café con leche.  A gentle cruise back to the van brought the day to a close.

 

Day 3

Our final day of the trip was used to perfect some of the skills that Damian had learnt.  I suggested that we combine the day with a brief visit to the beautiful old town of Xativa.  It has some great trails leading directly out from the town that provide great training grounds for off-road riding.

Mountain biking in Xativa

Our first section provided a session on safe descending, this time on shorter but much steeper ground.  We spent some time on this, focussing on the component techniques.  It was great to see the progress being made.

We then took to a narrow rocky trail that runs along a riverside.  It provided great opportunities for developing the mountain biker´s 6th sense of trail reading and line selection.  After a brief lunch stop we continued along some more beautiful trails before recapping on the day´s key points.  The return route was used to put all of these into practice.  The day was brought to a close with a short ride around the antique quarter of Xativa and a coffee in the old town before making the short drive back to Valencia.

Medieval Quarter of Valencia

Medieval Quarter of Valencia

It´s always a pleasure to welcome back returning clients, to design something bespoke and to see such progress.

David Warrington

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.

 

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Mountain Biking in Alicante http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/06/mountain-biking-in-alicante-2/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/09/06/mountain-biking-in-alicante-2/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:25:46 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2472

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 [read more]

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In late August I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided mountain biking in Alicante for a client from UK.

Heading out into the Sierra de Mariola

Heading out into the Sierra de Mariola

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.

Mountain Biking in Alicante

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.

Sunflowers in the Sierra de Mariola

Sunflowers in the Sierra de Mariola

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.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Mountain Biking in Xativa http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/07/13/mountain-biking-in-xativa/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/07/13/mountain-biking-in-xativa/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:13:15 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2466

Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming back some returning clients from UK.  They did a guided mountain bike route with me last winter and had vowed to return for a longer route this year. Having spoken to the group about the kind of day they were looking for, and the kind of terrain [read more]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming back some returning clients from UK.  They did a guided mountain bike route with me last winter and had vowed to return for a longer route this year.

Having spoken to the group about the kind of day they were looking for, and the kind of terrain they´d like to ride, we opted for a day of mountain biking in Xativa.

We began our route in the Valle de Barxeta, and warmed up with a relaxed ride along some easy trails through orange groves, then a short stretch of road took us into the beautiful Valencian town of Xativa.

Taking a break in Xativa

Taking a break in Xativa

 

Xativa is a wonderfully historical town, is the birthplace of the only two Spanish popes and the first place in Europe to produce paper.  With such historical value, and a charming antique quarter, we opted for a short ride around the town, taking in some of the main monuments, before resting in the shade of the market square for a coffee.

After the visit to Xativa, we took to a very pretty riverside trail that we followed out into the Albaida valley.  This had some great sections of off-road riding amongst fabulous scenery.

Mountain Biking in Xativa

The day was hotting up by now so we stopped for a light lunch in a bar in a local olive farming village.  Once rested and re-hydrated, we began a sustained yet comfortable climb up into the hills of the Sierra de Buixcaro where we enjoyed a long section of off-road trail riding through a wooded mountain pass.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

This extremely pretty trail took us over the top of this small sierra before we enjoyed a great descent back into the Valle de Barxeta.  It had been a warm day, but we´d paced the ride well, took plenty of water, and returned feeling fit and well.

It´s always a special pleasure to welcome back returning clients.  Today had been no exception, blue skies, great trails, and fabulous company.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Mountain Biking in Alicante http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/06/01/mountain-biking-in-alicante/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/06/01/mountain-biking-in-alicante/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 08:23:01 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2410

Guided Mountain Biking and Top Quality Accommodation Packages Sierra de Mariola, Alicante Province, Spain We are delighted to offer our clients the opportunity to design their own bespoke breaks with a combination of guided cross country mountain biking in Spain, superb quality accommodation, excellent cuisine and free time to spend at leisure.   The Sierra [read more]

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Guided Mountain Biking and Top Quality Accommodation Packages

Sierra de Mariola, Alicante Province, Spain

We are delighted to offer our clients the opportunity to design their own bespoke breaks with a combination of guided cross country mountain biking in Spain, superb quality accommodation, excellent cuisine and free time to spend at leisure.

Top quality rural accommodation at +Qi

Top quality rural accommodation at +Qi

 

The Sierra de Mariola Natural Park is situated just 45 minutes drive from Alicante airport, making access very quick and easy. Its peaks rise to over 1400 metres above sea level and it´s rolling hills and forests provide some fabulous cross country mountain biking for riders of all levels.

The Sierra de Mariola

The Sierra de Mariola

Accommodation is based at the stunning rural hotel +Qi The Energy House. This beautifully restored Valencian farmhouse has been lovingly converted to provide exceptional accommodation with a style and atmosphere all of its own.

The stunning rural hotel +Qi

The stunning rural hotel +Qi

Set in a stunning rural location, yet only 5 minutes drive from the historical village of Banyeres de Mariola, it is the ideal retreat for those looking to explore this very special area of Spain. Fresh local organic produce is used to create excellent and wholesome cuisine. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

+Qi

Mountain biking in Alicante is simply fabulous.  Our cross country routes can be varied to suit the abilities and wishes of the client. This includes demanding rides to the high summits, relaxed valley riding, routes through the areas ancient villages or a combination of all of this!  If desired, our trips can also be tailored to provide skills courses to improve riding technique and to build confidence.

Biking in Mariola

The routes are led by a professional guide, and quality mountain bikes are available for hire.

To design your own bespoke break please feel free to contact us without obligation.

Price indications as follows :

Accommodation (bed and breakfast basis) :

Double rooms (midweek stays in May, October, December) from 95€ per night.
Double rooms (midweek stays in June, July and September) from 110€ per night.

Guided Mountain Biking :

80€ per day per couple including bike rental, helmets and guiding services.

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For more details please feel free to contact us :

Email : NatureTrailSpain@gmail.com

Tel. : (0034) 633117310

Web : www.MountainBikingValencia.com

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Last week, I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided mountain biking in Alicante for a client from Holland.  He was on holiday with his family in the coastal resort of Elche, and wanted to include a day of mountain biking in his plans.  We´d arranged to meet in  Banyeres de Mariola, a [read more]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided mountain biking in Alicante for a client from Holland.  He was on holiday with his family in the coastal resort of Elche, and wanted to include a day of mountain biking in his plans.  We´d arranged to meet in  Banyeres de Mariola, a historical village in the hills of the Sierra de Mariola.  Although just 45 minutes drive from Alicante, it´s rural location and stunning scenery make it feel as if it could be a World away.  The area offers some fabulous cross country mountain biking as well as some fascinating cultural sites and some of the prettiest villages in the entire Valencian Community.

Mariola

We began our route with a gentle but rocky descent into the valley, and after a short river crossing we climbed out onto the green pastures of Mariola.   Having warmed up, we then took to a rocky trail that lead up through pine forest into the foothills of the surrounding peaks.  A short road section then lead us to a very pretty picnic spot where we enjoyed lunch.

Mariola

Well rested, we began our return leg with a rocky climb before enjoying a flowing descent along some great forested trails.  The final stetch of the day was along a relatively wide but entertaining cross country trail, fast enough to be fun but demanding enough to be interesting.

Montcabrer

Montcabrer

The long ranging views of this stunning area with the peak of Montcabrer (1400 metres above sea level) in the distance proving a fitting end to a great day of guided mountain biking in Alicante.

DJW MTB

 

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Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Mountain Biking Near the City of Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/05/31/mountain-biking-near-the-city-of-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/05/31/mountain-biking-near-the-city-of-valencia/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 09:00:21 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2393

Last weekend we provided a day of guided mountain biking for a couple of returning clients. They were enjoying a short break in this vibrant Mediterranean city and wanted to enjoy a day of guided mountain biking near the city of Valencia. Although a coastal city, one of its many advantages is its proximity to [read more]

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Last weekend we provided a day of guided mountain biking for a couple of returning clients. They were enjoying a short break in this vibrant Mediterranean city and wanted to enjoy a day of guided mountain biking near the city of Valencia. Although a coastal city, one of its many advantages is its proximity to the mountains. Today´s route was in the Sierra de Calderona, a designated Natural Park within very easy reach of Valencia. Having collected my clients from their city centre hotel, within just 35 minutes we were unloading the bikes from the van and beginning our route.

Sierra de Calderona

The day began with a gentle warm-up along a very pretty lane, with views across the forests. We then soon began our climb up into the hills of the Sierra de Calderona, as we gained height we enjoyed some superb views of the forest, mountains and coastline stretching out beneath us.

Mountain biking in Valencia

The trail became a little rockier and steeper, and soon took us up into some very impressive mountain forests with high rocky outcrops and peaks on either side. After a lunch break, we relaxed for a while and enjoyed the beautiful Spring sunshine before completing the climb and pausing to enjoy the views of the Valencian coastline and peaks.

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Our reward was a long and flowing descent which took us down through the forest before arriving at a small village where we stopped and enjoyed a cool beer in the cobbled square.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Once back at the van, we packed away the bikes and within 30 minutes we were back in the city of Valencia. To be based in this wonderful city is a privilege, and to be able to be up in the mountains in such a short time is a big advantage. For visitors who wish to combine some cross country mountain biking with a city break, Valencia is an ideal destination.

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Mountain Biking in Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/04/14/mountain-biking-in-valencia-3/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/04/14/mountain-biking-in-valencia-3/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:07:03 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2380

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a couple of mountain bikers from Finland.  They were spending some time in the city and wanted to arrange a couple of days of mountain biking in Valencia. We´d talked before their arrival and had agreed upon a package that included a combination of bike rental [read more]

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Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a couple of mountain bikers from Finland.  They were spending some time in the city and wanted to arrange a couple of days of mountain biking in Valencia.

The historical quarter of Valencia

The historical quarter of Valencia

We´d talked before their arrival and had agreed upon a package that included a combination of bike rental and a couple of days of guided mountain biking in the hills that surround this magnificent city.   During their time in Valencia, they explored the surroundings with the bikes.  They enjoyed rides to the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia, the coast line north of the city, the village of Alboraya and the bike trails within the city and along the beautiful Turia Gardens.

Guided mountain biking in Valencia

On our first day together, we made the short trip south and began a route in the mountains of the Sierra de Marxuquera.  The day began with a big climb but once up high, we had great views of the Albaida Valley and enjoyed some great rocky trails through this very pretty area.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Our second day was spent slightly further inland where we started our route in the lovely old town of Xativa.  A super riverside trails took us up into the hills and after a climb up to the Sierra de Quatretonda we took to one of this areas best trails, a flowing rocky track that passes through a wooded mountain pass then descends quickly into the Barxeta valley.

Mountain Biking Valencia

We´d had a couple of great days together, and it had been a pleasure to meet these guys.  Their passion for biking and the great deal of care with which they treated the bikes was a real joy to see.

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

 

 

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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 [read more]

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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.

Scott & Alain

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 half of the week was spent in the Sierra de Mariola, a new area for them and one that I´m developing for this coming season.

Discussing route options at Villa Florencia

Discussing route options at Villa Florencia

On their first day, after a leisurely breakfast, we headed out into the Sierra de Marxuquera and did a route through the Albaida Valley before returing along one of the areas best trails through the Sierra de Buixcarro.  We visited an old farming village when the  bar owner prepared a local dish of fresh herbs and home made pastry.  Whatever it contained was fantastic as for the following 40 kms we didn´t feel any signs of hunger!

Guided mountain biking in Valencia

As they were familiar with the area, on their second day they did a self-guided route through the Albaida Valley and returned via the Serpis Valley, a long but very varied and enjoyable route.

We began our last day in the area with a route that started in the beautiful and historical village of Simat de Valldigna, before biking out through orange groves to the town of Alzira.  From there we began the long climb onto the Sierra de Agujas where we enjoyed a great trail through a high, hanging valley before a fast descent back into Valldigna.

Mountain biking in Alzira

That evening Scott and Alain enjoyed dinner and their last night at Villa Florencia.  The next morning, we set off for the relatively short journey south west to the Sierra de Mariola.

+Qi in the Sierra de Mariola

+Qi in the Sierra de Mariola

We arrived at the beautiful Casa Rural +Qi, a luxury rural retreat that offers organic home cooked food.  Having checked in we set out from the house on a relatively short but demanding ride through the valley then up onto the shoulder of the area´s highest peak, Montcabrer.  A great descent took us back down to the Font de Mariola where we rested in the Spring sunshine before heading for home.

Biking in Mariola

Our second day in the Mariola was our toughest route.  We set out on some technical singletrack down to the ancient village of Bocairent, then biked through the valley, passing the farming village of Alfafara and onto Agres, a historical village perched on the steep mountainside of El Teix.  After a reluctant descent through the village we found a bar in the square where we rested and ate prior to the day´s big climb.

Bocairent

Bocairent

There followed a long and steep climb, up through the forest, out of the tree line then up onto the 1246m summit of El Teix.  The hard work was rewarded by stunning and far reaching views across the Albaida Valley to the north and across the southern Valencian sierras down to the peaks of Alicante and beyond.  We sat on the summit for a while, watching Alpine Swifts soar overhead and enjoying views to the adjoining 1400m peak of Montcabrer.

On the summit of El Teix

On the summit of El Teix

A superb descent along rocky trails took us past some ancient ice-houses before we took to a long and flowing descent back to valley level.  The day ended with a superb section of trail that took us right back to +Qi.  The route was only 46kms but we´d climbed a total of 1862 metres.  After a good rest and hot shower we met up for a dinner of freshly prepared seafood, fish and organic vegetables.

+Qi

+Qi

Our final day was to be a long one but absolutely fantastic.  We opted for a short but demanding ride through the lower stretches of the Vinalopo valley before a steep climb up onto the hills.

Montcabrer

Montcabrer

After a rocky descent we repeated a trail that we´d particularly enjoyed earlier in the week, then headed back to +Qi where we had a leisurely lunch.

A gentle end to the week

A gentle end to the week

We then drove back to the city of Valencia where, having rested for a while we met up once again for a farewell dinner in the historical Barrio Carmen.

The historical quarter of Valencia

The historical quarter of Valencia

It had been a full and demanding week but one that I´ll remember…great biking, superb trails, fantastic views, beautiful food and fabulous company.

 

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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