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]

Bespoke Active Tourism in Valencia

Bespoke Active Tourism in Valencia

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming back a group of returning clients from UK.  They had previously visited the Valencia region on numerous occasions so knew the area well.  Prior to their trip, we had worked together to design a specific package of activities for them, aimed at delivering exactly what they were looking for from their holiday.  Ultimately, this included bike hire, a day of guided biking and a day of guided mountain walking.   Our first day together was a long and challenging trip.  We had opted to trek up the spectacular 1100m peak of Benicadell [read more]

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]

Birthday Mountain Biking

Birthday Mountain Biking

Over the Easter weekend I had the pleasure of providing a mountain biking short break for a super couple from London. Samantha had arranged the trip as a surprise for her partner´s 30th birthday. They had chosen to stay at Casa Aldomar in the beautiful old town of Xativa. The first day was a relatively short ride of some 35km albeit with some quite steep climbing. This took us up into the Sierra de Marxuquera, along some gravel trails before descending into the Albaida valley for a coffee break in a farming village. We then took to some slightly more [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

On Thursday 21st March, I provided guiding services for a mountain biker from Wales. Keith and his wife were on a 7 month tour of Spain in their beautiful motorhome and were spending the night in the historical village of Simat de la Valldigna. As Keith was a very accomplished biker, I´d suggested a route that left Simat and headed out through the valley to the town of Alzira. From there we began a long, steep and sustained climb on rocky trails that took us up into a hanging valley in the Sierra de la Agujas. This valley has a [read more]

Weekend Break & Mountain Biking in Xativa.

Weekend Break & Mountain Biking in Xativa.

On Saturday 9th March, I had the pleasure of providing a full day of guided mountain biking for a couple of Dutch clients. This was the second trip with me for one of them, so it was great to welcome him back to our area. For the other, it was his first visit and he´d made the trip from his home in Ireland.  They´d opted for a weekend break in the historical town of Xativa and to spend Saturday out on the trails. We chose a route of some 40km, that took in some superb trails up in the Sierra [read more]

Designing New Mountain Bike Routes.

Designing New Mountain Bike Routes.

January has been a beautiful month with plenty of winter sun.  In between trips with clients, an important task is that of designing and riding new routes.  We´re often adding routes to our diverse selection as a way of catering for all levels of rider. The objective of today´s trip was to put a few finishing touches to a route that we´ve been working on a for a while. The day started with a climb up a very quiet mountain road as a way to gain a lot of height in a relatively short time period.  The trees were in [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]