Training Ride for Marathon Charity Bike Trip in Cuba.

Training Ride for Marathon Charity Bike Trip in Cuba.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Karen and Chris from Manchester, UK.  They were on vacation in La Drova and had previously booked a day of guided mountain biking with me.  The day was especially interesting as Karen was training for a 400km bike trip across Cuba to raise funds for a women’s cancer charity.  You can see more information on Karen’s Blog. As well as an ideal training ride, we also included some fundamental off-road skills training.  The day began with a ride through the Barxeta valley, then through orange groves to the beautiful and historical town of [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]

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]

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]

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]