- Just got back from sierra nevada
i went with freeride spain i can highly recommend them. Supposed to go with a few mates but they pulled out so decided to go alone. The other people in the photos are lads that were already there a really nice bunch but far faster up and down than me 😕 they ride under the name of the numplumzPosted 9 years agochakapingSubscriber
Did you do the Tello ride? That had my favourite bit in, the long gradual but brilliantly technical descent that stops at a gate IIRC.
Possibly my fave ride ever, despite nearly collapsing on the climb.
Kit – the Coast ride actually had an uplift at the start, but they still managed to work lots and lots of climbing in.Posted 9 years agoYetimanMember
Heading back out in May with Ciclo Montana. Can’t wait to ride those dry dusty trails again. My fitness and technical ability comes on leaps and bounds out there. This was the Elephants Trunk from last September and I go past at 14 seconds. Made it down with only 2 dabs but I was crapping it all the way.Posted 9 years ago
Yetiman…..when are you out there? We are going on the 17th May back to Ciclo Montana……..mmmmmm, looking forward to the freezing pool and frequent caffe con leche stops!!
That youtube vid…..that’s the trail you can see on the opposite side of the valley – right? I papped it down there – it took me ages.Posted 9 years agoYetimanMember
Stumpy – We are going the week before you on the 10th. The trail you’re thinking of is the elephants tail which you can see just across the valley. The Elephants Trunk is further along the valley to the left as you look from the Ciclo house. Both very similar. I struggled the first time I rode it as I suffer a wee bit from vertigo and the drops are massive but I nailed it the following year. I love it out there.Posted 9 years ago
Yetiman….Yes, it was the Elephants Tail – to be honest, I did wonder if you had the name mixed up 🙂 I didn’t realise there was a trunk and a tail – although I can see what they’ve done there.
The trail in your vid looks a lot tighter than the Elephants Tail, but with less large obstacles to negotiate.
I found the holiday quite an eyeopener in terms of technicality (there’s not much similar at my normal Thetford haunt!! HA HA), but I did find that my ability improved throughout the week, if not my nerve.
At one point Matt and Marco joked that I must be a butterfly enthusiast as I kept diving off the trail into various grass/bushes/streams at random intervals.
And yes, jambon…..the hospitality is excellent. You feel like old friends after about 5 mins and are very well looked after!Posted 9 years agoTrustyrustyMember
Another satisfied FreerideSpain customer here, We really enjoyed the ride to the beach (although I binned it pretty hard on that MX track/swoopy bit near the masts! Man, the saltwater makes your cuts sting!) Have been there for the last two years and really enjoyed the whole experience, one of our group has a handy translation for Freeride-speak though:
If anyone goes to Freeridespain the following may come in handy…
FreeRideSpain guide to English dictionary
Climb – steep climb
Cheeky climb – Unbelievably steep climb
8Km climb (gets easier after first 3Km) – 11Km unbelievably steep climb with even steeper switchbacks with about 10 meters of less steep bits
Traverse – steep climb with un rideable rock sections
Cheeky Traverse – Really steep climb with lots of rocky sections that are not rideable
Decent – Steep and rocky with switch backs
Cheeky decent – Really steep and rock with switchbacks and drops
Rock, steep decent – Really, really steep rock decent with switch backs, drops, possible not rideable unless you’re super human or a guide!
It’s a good job that every inch of climbing pays double on those loose, dusty, sun drenched rocky descents 😀Posted 9 years ago
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