Biking in Valencia - Something a little different!

Biking in Valencia – Something a little different!

Last week, having spent a few days out in the hills with clients I was in the mood for a long ride with a difference. Most of my clients are looking for cross country mountain bike routes, although from time to time, some clients tend to look for something without the technical challenges of off-road riding but still want a long day out.   With this in mind, I wanted to work on a route that would offer something completely different – and with huge variety. Essentially, I wanted to design a route that would begin in the countryside of [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

Following an especially hot and dry August, September has seen a dramatic drop of over 10oC, giving peak day time temperatures of 25 degrees. With a gentle breeze, this provided superb conditions for today´s ride. Anthony, a GP from UK was on holiday with friends and family and had contacted us to arrange a day of guided mountain biking. A fit and experienced rider, he was looking for quite a long and varied route that would provide him with a taste of the Valencian hills and countryside. He rented one of our Trek mountain bikes and after a few minor [read more]

18th Birthday Mountain Biking!

18th Birthday Mountain Biking!

On Thursday 9th August, I provided a guided mountain bike trip for a father and two sons who were holidaying at Villa Florencia in Marxuquera.  The eldest of the sons was celebrating his 18th birthday on that very day. The forecast was for temperatures to peak at around 32 degrees C but all 3 riders were fit and experienced.  With some sensible precautions, it´s possible to ride in these conditions.  Having ensured that we were carrying sufficient water and sun protection, and having amended the route accordingly, we set out.  I´d modified the route such that the main climb was [read more]

Cycling for Families in Spain

Cycling for Families in Spain

On Saturday 28th July I had the pleasure of arranging a family biking trip around the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. The trip was arranged as a gift for two Spanish children who had recently completed their school year and had achieved good exam results.   Not all of our trips are specifically aimed at mountain bikers, and today´s route was selected especially for this group of beginners and children. All along flat, largely surfaced lanes it provided a really interesting day out without the hazards of technical or demanding terrain.  We parked by the ancient chapel of Del [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking in Spain.

Guided Mountain Biking in Spain.

On Friday 27th July, I spent a very enjoyable morning biking with a French client who was holidaying with family here in our home village of La Drova.  Although not a regular mountain biker, he was certainly an experienced cyclist and last year had in fact cycled to La Drova from his home in Toulouse! We began the day with a relaxed ride through the valley of La Drova on dirt tracks then headed inland along some rocky trails and wooded singletrack.  We then joined a trail through orange groves and pedalled into the Barxeta Valley.  We were making good [read more]

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]