- Spain/Andalucia – some words, lots of pictures.
Dust done three and half ways ? Third time I’ve been to Southern Spain although the last one was in Feb 2007 I think and it was freezing and wet. This time we stayed in Orgiva and rode for three full days and one short afternoon.
The exposure was fairly constant. I’m a lot better than I used to be with this stuff but it doesn’t half make you concentrate on stuff you’d normally ride without thinking. Bit like North Shore – wider, but higher!
The trail summary would go something like: exposed, loose, rocky. Not that steep at these lower altitudes. Some solid bedrock and old lava flows to test suspension and lots of switchbacks to test technique. Some grunty old climbs as well – averaged 1000m climbing a day.
This ancient lava flow descent was amazing. Less than a km long but a real technical and mental challenge.
There was a lot of this loose rock which was sort of grippy in a follow you down the hill kind of way.
It’s the first time in a while I’d have liked to go back to flats. Just for getting started on the really exposed stuff.
That’s me heading into the lava flow. As I said on another thread, the 29er was fab out here. Still the 26inch fellas didn’t seem to be having a bad time. It’s not about the wheel size…
Hmm flowy, rocky singletrack. Heck of a climb to get there but what a descent it was.
Did I mention there was some climbing? This was near the end of a 6km monster.
Rode some fantastic trails, walked a few bits where ‘danger of death’ had me cursing clipped in pedals. Other excuses are available.
Some little steps are fun… however…..
I didn’t ride those steps. The fella that did is 64! The drop to the right was certain death. I am not being melodramatic here.
Really good value as well. We went with Biking Andalucia and flights/transfers/accom/guiding/beer money/etc worked out at approx £450. If you fancy a winter warmer, hard to see how Southern Spain can be beaten for value for money and amazing riding.
If you want to see more dry and dusty, my flickr photostream has about 80 pics in it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexleigh/sets/72157638420383936/Posted 4 years agomick_rSubscriber
Great place – been 3 times and must really go again now that kids riding skills are progressing.
Are those the danger of death steps with the waterfall to the right (and a long narrow singletrack climb contouring the opposite side of the same valley to get there)? Me and mrs rode them years ago on hardtails with 80mm forks, vee brakes and no knee / elbow pads 🙂 Young and foolish I guess…….
We always travelled from Malaga airport. Some places do their own transfers, others use local minibus. The final time we drove ourselves (had kiddy with us). Something like a 3 hour drive but not done it for 10 years so the motorway might have extended a bit by now. Malagacar were cheap and very minimal hassle.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t think it was those steps. I mean I was on a FS bike with knee pads so that’d just make me nesh 🙂 Seriously the description sounds sort of familiar. It was just after the ‘silt dam’. To be fair at least two of the steps have ‘gone’ now, just caved in so a bit of a wheel swallower. But I was still nesh!
The motorway goes quite a bit further. Amazing bit of EU funding. From Malaga it took 2 1/2 hours in Dave’s van. The roads are amazing if you’re a ‘tarmac furterler’ but the trails are better!
Looking out of the window to a dark, wet, windy morning and then back at those pictures makes me wonder when I can go again.Posted 4 years agomick_rSubscriber
Looking at your Flickr link it was the same steps – and I don’t think they have changed much 🙂
In fairness we already knew the area and had a good week of getting acclimatised / settling into the throw yourself down anything mentality. And there were still a fair few of our group walking full suspension bikes down it….
Looks like you were lucky with weather – our last visit was end October and got wet a few times.Posted 4 years ago
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