Bespoke Mountain Biking & Valencia City Break

Bespoke Mountain Biking & Valencia City Break

I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Eliane and Silvian from the Netherlands.   They were staying in the city of Valencia and had contacted me whilst arranging their trip, with the aim of combining their time in this enchanting city with a couple of days of mountain biking.  On our first day of biking I collected them from their hotel and we made the short journey south to the region of La Safor.  After a coffee stop and the usual safety briefings we began the route with a gentle descent into the valley, biking through woodland and emerging by [read more]

January 2014 Bulletin

January 2014 Bulletin

As ever I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I hope that you´re all well, have had a good festive period and that 2014 biking plans and objectives are taking shape! The purpose of this bulletin is to reflect briefly on the last year but more so to keep you informed of new developments here in Valencia. 2013 was a successful and busy year, and I was fortunate enough to share many a great day with many interesting people. Many thanks to you all for your support. Special thanks to those who [read more]

Mountain Biking in the Mountains of Valencia.

Mountain Biking in the Mountains of Valencia.

On Monday 13th August, together with my regular riding buddy Mark (he likes to see his titles change from initially “client” to “returning client” to “regular riding partner” and so on!…) I completed a superb route around the valleys and peaks of the Serpis and Gallinera area of Valencia. Despite the heat, once we were on the move it was quite comfortable – an advantage of biking over walking in the summer months is that there´s always a breeze.  We started by descending into the very pretty Serpis valley where we followed the riverside trail to the village of Lorxa. [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 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]

A Birthday Present - Guided Mountain Biking!

A Birthday Present – Guided Mountain Biking!

On Saturday 12th May I was fortunate enough to provide a day of guided mountain biking for a couple from Palma de Gandia.  Both of them keen, fit and active, Alison had booked the trip as a gift for her husband´s birthday. We began the day with a coffee in the Valle de Albaida from where the ride began before getting the only sustained climb of the day done before the sun was too high in the sky.  Both riders soon began to feel comfortable with the bikes and were clearly enjoying the stoney trails through the mountains. A great [read more]

A day of guided mountain biking in the winter sunshine.

A day of guided mountain biking in the winter sunshine.

On Wednesday I gladly provided a day of guided mountain biking for clients Mark and Nicholas.  For Mark, the owner of a local hotel, this was his third trip out with us.  Nicholas, an Australian tourist was back-packing through Europe and was spending a few days here in Spain. Mark and Nicholas opted to rent a couple of Trek mountain bikes from us, and after a brief introduction and pre-ride checks, we hit the trail. Today´s route was very civilised as the first 1.5km were all down hill, providing a gentle warm up.   Having descended through some woods, we emerged onto [read more]