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]

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 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]

Combine Mountain Biking in Spain with a City Break, Rural Get-Away or Beach Holiday

Combine Mountain Biking in Spain with a City Break, Rural Get-Away or Beach Holiday

As it´s the time of year when thoughts are turning to the warmer months ahead and of holidays in the sun, we´re all thinking of how we can maximise our precious free time and of course value for our hard earned cash. These days, more people are opting for a vacation that provides the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities rather than just a beach holiday or sight-seeing trip. However, it´s often the case that to indulge in a favourite hobby whilst away, one has to opt for a specifically organised activity holiday.  Here at Nature Trail Spain, we recognise that such [read more]

Designing a New Guided Mountain Bike Route

Designing a New Guided Mountain Bike Route

In preparation for the forthcoming season, I have been working on a new Guided Mountain Bike Route that will now be added to our portfolio. This is one of our tougher routes as it includes some very steep ascents and takes in a remote and high mountain pass. I´ve been working on this one for a while, essentially trying to join up various off-road sections to form a circular route that minimises the amount of on-road work and makes the most of the rural tracks and trails. After 3 or 4 outings, today´s objective was to ride and record the entire [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking from La Drova.

Guided Mountain Biking from La Drova.

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Mark, the owner of a local country hotel to the joys of mountain biking.  Although he´s an active sportsman, and a keen runner, he´s never been out on a mountain bike.  He admitted to having been keen to give mountain biking a try for a while, so a day of guided mountain biking from La Drova, our home base, proved to be a great introduction. He was provided with a helmet and fully equipped Trek mountain bike.  Following some initial instruction on bike set-up, efficient braking, pedaling and gear changing we set off along [read more]

Short Sharp Training Ride

Short Sharp Training Ride

A busy schedule dictated that I didn´t have a lot of time for a ride last Saturday but the day was perfect with blue skies and very little wind.  Therefore I decided (somewhat hesitantly) to do one of my short training rides.  Today I chose the very short but very steep ride up to the top of Monduver.  The route is very short, infact only a few kms but it´s straight uphill from my doorstep to the summit, a climb of almost 500 metres to the summit that stands at 841 metres above sea level. Despite the sustained steep climb, the [read more]