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]

A Ride in the Winter Sunshine

A Ride in the Winter Sunshine

As part of my work as a Mountain Bike Guide, I regularly get out on my own to ride the routes that I´ve designed to check the trail condition and to develop new variations. Today was such a day but my objective was to ride a regular route in the opposite direction. It´s remarkable how riding a loop “the other way round” can completely change the route, often improving it. That was certainly the case today. As I loaded the bike into the van and set off from home the sky was beautifully clear and blue, although the outside temperature [read more]

Cycling in Albufera de Valencia - August 2011

Cycling in Albufera de Valencia – August 2011

Albufera de Valencia is a Natural Park just south of the city of Valencia. The area covers over 21,000 hectares and comprises a huge fresh water lake of 3,000 hectares in surface area, rice fields, reed beds, coastal wooded areas and a series of smaller ponds and canals. Although not an area associated with mountain biking (ie. it´s flat!) it can provide a good easy day out amongst some unique habitats. That´s exactly what Caroline, the lady who chose the route wanted – a good ride out that was comfortable yet rewarding. We entered the southern end of the Natural [read more]

Mountains of Albaida - July 2011

Mountains of Albaida – July 2011

I had the pleasure of taking a couple from Yorkshire out biking in the mountains of the Albaida region of Valencia today. They fancied a high level route to make the most of the stunning views in this area. The route that I chose has a tough start and climbs 400 metres in the initial 4km. However, for this time of year that´s perfect as provided that you´re out in good time, all the hard work is done before the sun is high in the sky. We set off at a good steady pace, climbing up the flanks of the [read more]

Barxeta Valley - June 2011

Barxeta Valley – June 2011

This weekend I took a local biker out on the trails around the Barxeta Valley, Valencia. The route starts on easy rocky trails through a wooded valley then climbs over a small pass before dropping down to the Barxeta Valley. There´s a superb section of extremely pretty single track through an old pine wood, then it´s onto rocky agricultural trails that have been used by local olive and fruit growers for decades. We called at the lovely old village of Barxeta to enjoy a coffee in the square. This cheerful little place deserves some respect – in the past few [read more]