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]

Mountain Biking & City Break to Valencia

Mountain Biking & City Break to Valencia

On Saturday 24th November we arranged a guided mountain bike trip for a group from UK who were visiting a friend in the city of Valencia.  All experienced mountain bikers, they wanted to combine a short city break with a day of guided biking.  After a brief introduction and summary of the plans for the day we began the route with a gentle climb over a pass. We soon left the road and took to the trails, initially along a wooded track before beginning the day´s longest climb up trail that put us on top of the Sierra de Marxuquera. [read more]

Hills & Skills.

Hills & Skills.

As part of the bespoke activity holiday that we´ve recently designed for Anne & Nigel from UK, we provided what is becoming an increasingly popular choice – a day of guided cross country mountain biking that included a few sessions of skills coaching.  Anne was particularly interested in developing her technique of descending rocky tracks. With that in mind we started the day with a sustained climb up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera, and up onto a trail that would provide some great descents.  Having spent some time perfecting body posture and braking and steering techniques we enjoyed the sweeping [read more]

Bespoke Activity Holidays in Valencia, Spain.

Bespoke Activity Holidays in Valencia, Spain.

We have recently arranged a week´s activity holiday for Anne and Nigel from Worcester, UK.  Together, we designed a bespoke package that included guided mountain biking and mountain walking. They stayed at the guest house Villa Florencia, situated in the beautiful valley of Marxuquera.  During the “welcome dinner” on the evening of their arrival we discussed the various options for the week.  Although both were very experienced outdoor enthusiasts we opted for a relatively gentle ride for the first day – a route of some 36km through a very pretty limestone gorge. We set out along a wooded trail before [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking & Skills Training.

Guided Mountain Biking & Skills Training.

On Saturday 10th November we provided a full day of guided mountain biking for a couple from Madrid. Both very fit and active, Baas was already an experienced mountain biker and had recently built his own bike. Lisa was relatively new to the sport so was keen to learn some technique. They had chosen to spend the night at Casa Aldomar in the beautiful old town of Xativa and as they only had one day in the area, we opted for a long ride with some technical training built into the day. We began with a brief demonstration of bike [read more]

Tailor Made Biking Weekend.

Tailor Made Biking Weekend.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Perrine and Laurens from Belgium.  They had recently contacted me to arrange a weekend in our area as part of a longer stay in the Valencia region. Having listened to their plans, I suggested a package offer that combined pick-up from the local railway station, 2 nights accommodation at a local country guest house, a day of guided mountain biking and drop-off at their next hotel.  Having agreed terms, they made the reservation and soon after I met them at Gandia railway station. They spent their weekend at the guest house “Casona [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]

Guided Cycling for Families with Children

Guided Cycling for Families with Children

On Sunday 5th August I provided a day of guided cycling for a family who were holidaying at Villa Florencia guest house in Marxuquera. They had all cycled before although not all had experience of off-road riding and there were two young children within the group. Therefore, we opted to do a route that explored the rice fields of the Albufera Natural Park. To add to the experience, we also included a traditional paella lunch and a boat trip on the Albufera lake.   The children took turns to navigate the route through the network of trails that cross 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]