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]

Sierra de Marxuquera, June 2011

Sierra de Marxuquera, June 2011

Having replaced my rear tyre and given the bike a lubrication service, I was keen to get out on the trails. I chose an old favourite route that starts and finishes from my house in la Drova. The initial few kms are along the valley bottom on good rocky trails, but then the works begins…the next 20 minutes is simply a question of low gearing, and steady but sustained pedaling. The ascent track is not particularly technical but is quite steep. However, the rewards are the superb views across the Sierra de Valldigna down to the Med. Once up onto [read more]

Guided Mountain Bike Trips - Special Offer

Guided Mountain Bike Trips – Special Offer

Special Offer – Self Catering Accommodation & Guided Mountain Bike Trips or 2-Day Beginners Skills Course In line with our policy of providing flexibility and excellent value for money for our clients, we are delighted to present a range of Special Offer packages that include accommodation and Guided Mountain Bike Trips or 2-Day Skills Course. These Special Offers are available from 1st October to 30th May, including Easter but excluding Christmas.  Included is up to 7 nights self catering accommodation in our home village of La Drova, and either 2 or 3 days of Guided Mountain Biking or our excellent 2-Day Beginners [read more]