- Eastern Pyrenees / border riding recommendations please
I will be steering the good ship SwissTony via the Pyrenees on the way to Spain this summer for our family hol but plan on stopping in the Pyrenees for some riding.
Not having been there before I’m looking for tips of where to go. We’ll probably be there for a weeks camping, so ideally it will be somewhere with family riding/stuff to to do plus some bigger stuff that I can slip off and ride, chair lifts would also be very handy to save time but not essential. Oh and we’re going to end up just south of Barcelona so it needs to be somewhere on the eastern side of the border.
ThanksPosted 4 years agoajantomMember
My mum lives in Prades, so done a lot of riding around there.Posted 4 years ago
Some nice campsites in the area – Vinca has a good one I seem to recall, and there’s a nice beach on the lake there.
Some excellent riding for family and solo stuff. Head up towards Canigou (the nearest big mountain, can’t miss it!) and there’s miles of trails. Just buy a walking/hiking map of the local area and it’s covered in trails. It’s a good area to just go exploring for a day.vondallySubscriber
we stayed just outside vinca (finestra?) and under canigou near prades brilliant riding all the sites have good info and we rode with vtt prades by accident…me and eldest daughter… really good just to wander
up is the altitude company and this was an article in singletrack a few editions back…good riding there…towards the sea is cerbes/tet valley…..really hot when we went so moved on. over the ‘hill’ is girona again recommended but we only spent a couple of days in the area
Try Montsegur and the cathar area between Carcassonne and perpigan (Coribaries region) really quiet and very beautiful more spare with trails but we did find some…..Posted 4 years agoocriderMember
+1 for Les Angles. The gondola runs all summer and the xc is extremely varied and very well waymarked.
Rumour has it that the train jaune is going to be axed because it isnt financially viable (despite it being a tourist magnet and run 100% hydroelectric from the barrage up at the lac des Bouillouses), so get that uplift whilst you can.Posted 4 years agoianvMember
I am not sure I would choose Prades or Vinca as a summer holiday destinations, the riding is pretty good but its not that nice compared to higher up in the mountains. Les Angles/Font Romeau has a load of other stuff to do as well as biking, it is also a decent temperature rather than the valley which can be very warm in summer, the municipal camp site at Mont Louis is really nice and fairly cheap but book early. Alternatively, Ax les thermes has an uplift and some good XC on the plateau opposite the station and it has a nice free campsite on the road up to the ski resort.
La Molina and Andorra are also options but not much outside of the bike parks.Posted 4 years agoatlazMember
If you go to Ax Les Thermes and need somewhere to stay, my cousin has a gite just down the road. Her boyfriend is a keen hiker and cyclist and could probably point you at some interesting stuff. I didn’t ride the bike park when I was there but it looked like it could be a fun descentPosted 3 years ago
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