Ciclo Montana – any opinions?
It’s really good.
The initial transfer seems like you are driving for ever, but it’s not actually that far. The riding is excellent, the food is ace, and enough to drink, although when you stop off in Pitres on the way there, go in the supermarket and buy lots of beer and some extra wine, as well as a bit of snacking stuff and some breakfasty stuff.
If you get the offer of the trip to Granada, go go go…
It rained a bit when I went, and isn’t always super warm, but you’ll love it.
My only issue was that it all turned out a bit of a dear do; £30 each way for bike didn’t help..Posted 6 years ago
Crikey – none of the Spanish bike firms are ‘cheap’ now it seems, and TBH i reckon most seem to offer a good deal for the money. Flights have become a bit more expensive though thats for sure. X amount for the flight then add on a bike for XXX then a suitcase/bag for XX amount and suddenly 😯
I thought breakfasts were provided?Posted 6 years agowoodsmanMember
You won’t be eating on your own with Ciclo. All eve meals are provided and everyone eats around the table together. On the day they eat at the local bar, again everyone goes together. Don’t worry about that. You make your own breakfast, all food inc lovely eggs provided.
Riding is superb! A good climbing full suss would be best, your hardtail or you would get a bit beaten up otherwise.
I’ve been twice, would go again in a heartbeat. It’s real Spain! Learn a few words for some added status amongst the locals. pase un bien tiempo!Posted 6 years ago
I’ve decided on the holiday i want and have decided to to with Ciclo Montana, several reasons but an important one for me was the provision of an evening meal.
Seeing as i’m going alone i rather fancied the idea of a post-ride communal meal rather than some lonely schlepp down to a restaraunt to end up eating on my own – i assume that the others in the riding group would be friends/couples and i don’t like to intrude.
The location looks stunning, some of the trail pics look damn scary and i’m really looking forward to it!
Anyone been with them before?Posted 6 years agosenor jSubscriber
I’ve been with ciclomontana several times.
The riding is great,the food is great,the location where you will stay is amazingly beautiful – ace view.
Marco is an excellent guide and very good company.
They do go up a few hills but always at a sensible pace unless the swedish female mtb team are there! 😀
Breakfast is provided, you just pour it in the bowl/cook it yourself.
Marco takes you to v.cool little bars for lunch & you put money in a kitty for that – v.reasonable prices. –
you’ll have 3 courses everyday -mmmm – maxibon/creme catalan mmmmmmm
you will need it.
Dinner is always lovely and filling.
One year I took photos of every meal ’cause it all looked amazing. 😯
You will not regret it if you go, you get to see some beatiful countryside/villages ,Trevelez , the highest village in Spain for example.Posted 6 years ago
If the Granada trip is on , go +1
If you want to go out partying every night, don’t go.
Full suss fo’ sure.
Have fun.senor jSubscriber
You can use the pool to cool your aching muscles.
It is not a heated pool 😯
The Bar up the hill in Fondales(15/20 minute walk) has some entertaining locals – you’ll probably go there for pizza night.
I’m jealous now. I may have to do some diy this weekend ,to build up my mtb holiday points again.Posted 6 years agoGary_CMember
MD, to answer your o.p……do it !!
I went with a group for a week last October, & again for a week this April, & we are going again next March.
Breakfast is a make your own affair, but everything you’ll ever need is provided, evening meals are a sit down communal affair in Marco & Jackies home, & the meals are fantastic. A already said above, one night is pizza night up in Fondales, & that is one not to be missed!
On the first days riding, one of the early ports of call is Pitres just up the road, where you can stock up on beer etc & Jackie will take them back to the ranch in the van.
Marco, & his team do a superb job, their guiding is second to none & the atmosphere there is ace.
Is it not March yet???
EDIT: If you like fresh oranges, or fresh lemons, you just go & pick them off the trees next to the pool, lovely !Posted 6 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Really enjoyed riding with them – trails are very knarly – take DH tyres and go tubeless if possible.
Some photos here:Posted 6 years ago
Ha, How Do They Do It For The Money? Get jiggy with Marco and Dave Froy, master of Pitres comedy moments and coffee affectionado. have been many times and dont tire of the trip. Great food and genuine hospitality. All the tips above are spot on. Also book a session with matt the Oiling boy on Wednesday. Sports massage par excellence.
Carlos’s bar for pizza is a good place too. Night ride and the next day in granada well worth it.
They know all the history, trails and great lunch bars to make it really good. Loads of patience as well but encouragement to push on and progress.
Enjoy.Posted 6 years agostumpy01Member
I’ve been with Ciclo Montana a few times – first year we possibly were out with Senor J…judging by the description of photos of every meal! :o)
It’s all very friendly & chilled, most of what you need to know has already been said.
Definitely need knee/elbow pads & I would recommend going tubeless. The first two years I didn’t and it’s a ball ache. With all the thorns you will puncture regularly.
As for the riding being technical – yes it is, but you just ride the bits you can & walk the bits you can’t. There’s never any pressure to be a hero.Posted 6 years ago
I’m a bit of a wuss on a lot of stuff, but still have a great time.
We were advised that tubeless is better, but had 3 punctures between 9 of us all week, one was mine and was a thorn, and the other two were snakebites from 20 mph kerb bashing in Granada.
It’s just riding a bike, but with better lunches, better coffee, better views and much bigger hills.Posted 6 years agoGary_CMember
IIRC pads are insisted on.
Weather wise when we went for the 3rd week in October last year it was hot & sunny all week, temperatures in the mid 20’s. Ideal.
Two ‘must do’ trails are Elephants Tail & Tourettes….. 🙂
EDIT: Of all my previous European mtb holidays, ( 5 times to Morzine, & twice to Les Arcs ) the couple of holidays i’ve had with Ciclo Montana have been the best by far.Posted 6 years ago
Going out on Sat 22nd of October for a week. I’ve not bothered with tubeless before ‘cos i’m already light at 9 stone (now i’ve weighed myself properly!) and can already run my tubes at 25psi. I very rarely puncture as it is, but recently i’ve had 2 – 1 on one of the mtb’s and 1 on the road bike. Before that i seem to have gone a year without a flat.Posted 6 years agojohnnersMember
Muddy, I’ve solo’d on a few mtb hols, I’d do it again like a shot. Bike Village and AQR look after you especially well, and both do the communal evening meal round a table if that’s important to you. Excellent food at both too.
I’ve had a great week at CM too, but that was with a group.Posted 6 years ago
Well that’s the holiday booked 🙂 flights were more expensive than i anticipated but thats what you get when you book at half-term -doh!!
OK, i’m going to push my luck now….
What tyres for Ciclo Montana? 😛
Actually, a serious question. I’m taking my Wolf Ridge and it’s currently fitted with the tyres with which it was originally specced – wire beaded Minion DHF on the front and a wire-beaded High Roller 60a on the back.
I’m actually happy with the Minion (took it off for a good while but come to like it now) but the HR is pretty worn and due for replacement.
I’m not convinced about going to the expense of tubeless just for this trip, so what normal tyre for the rear end?
Niticed there are some High Roller DH going on CRC fairly cheap – what do they work like as a tyre for pedalling uphill?Posted 6 years agostumpy01Member
Mark swears by Larsen TTs and a mate of mine who used them last time, reckons they were great. I think they are 2.35 dual plys.
I used Spesh Purgatory (f) & Captain (r) last time which seemed to work well.
Not sure what the expense of tubeless is…
Just use a few loops of electrical tape on the rims, get some valves & tubeless ready tyres, then you just need some sealant.
To be honest if you’re going in a month I would do it ASAP if you are considering it so you can get used to it.
One thing to do when running tubeless is to regularly check your tyre pressures. You can lose a bit of pressure, not notice it & have the tyre come off the rim.
But it was definitely worthwhile for me, considering the year before I was getting a couple of thorn punctures a day.Posted 6 years ago
The topic ‘Ciclo Montana – any opinions?’ is closed to new replies.