Spanish Mountain biking
Toying with the idea of a long weekend (4 days riding) in Spain this spring and have been looking for companies that run holidays. I know of Switchbacks but hoped some of you may have tried others and can give me a bit of feedback on the type of riding and quality of service?
Any help would be appreciated.Posted 7 years agomrblobbySubscriber
We went with Pure Mountains and did the tricky trails week. Excellent riding and a great place to stay. Tim and Jenny make great guides. Bit of a drive from the airport maybe for a weekend but still worth checking out the web site and seeing if it fits in with what you’re looking for.Posted 7 years ago
Go with Switchbacks, I went last year and the trails were AWESOME. Its one relentless technical battering after another (if your on a ahrdtail your rear wheel is a consubable!). By the last day (we did 6 days riding without a rest day, normaly Wednesday is a break) I could just about spin the pedals, but my brain seemed to have shaken itself to pieces! The only downside is now everything in the UK feels flat and dull.
Will definately be back later this year, the only question is one week or two!Posted 7 years agostumpy01Member
Can I chip in with with a Ciclo Montana plug?
Not near a large town or beach etc. but to be honest after a hard day of Ciclo action you’ll just be wanting a beer and the pool.
Plenty of technical riding, fridge stocked full of Brekkie stuff (bacon, eggs, bread, OJ) + cereals.
Plus a few bottles (litres) of beer to get you started. There’s normally a supermarket stop-off on the way back from the airport for snacks/more alcohol if required/other bits.
Dinner is all provided and is great.
The riding is as technical as you want & you’ll struggle to meet a better bunch than Marco, Jacky, Matt and the rest.Posted 7 years ago
It wouldn’t be a holiday if she was there, Odd Bod.
12, Curtis’s review of Switchbacks was “It was good but not what I expected. They made us ride up stuff”
I have obviously corrected the grammar and removed the profanities, and it’s worth remembering that Curtis took the Sunday as it was all he had. It’s also worth remembering that Curtis believes that anybody who rides up a hill of any size is gay.Posted 7 years agoSannySubscriber
Yep – thirds for Basque Mtb. I had a great time there when out for the mag. I’ve known Doug for years but leaving aside our friendship, can honestly say that he has an excellent, well run set up out there. The riding is top notch with everything from easy coastal paths to techy mountain trails. The Basque coast is beautiful and was a real eye opener for me. Have a look in the mag archive for the article we did or check out the mtb film FIND to see the riding for yourself. Planning a return trip in May as a paying guest.
Hope this helps.
Ps the local cuisine is top notch.Posted 7 years ago
Yea, Switchbacks website is misleading about the ammount of climbing involved. They may uplift 2/3 of it, but in a day with 3000m* of climb/decent that doesn’t feel like enough sometimes!
*Bubion is a 1350m, the national park entrance (which seems to mark the start of most trails) is at 2500m IIRC, and the uplift goes halfway. Decend to 800-1000m, then climb back up some of that height before doing another decent and gettign an uplift back to Bubion. seems to be the order of the day. Don’t make my mistake and go with 2.5 supertaky dual ply high rollers f+r!
It’s not bad climbing (awesome views, sociable pace) , but I’d definatley take a bike more AM than DH Hardtail next year (the climbs killed me and the decents batterd me).Posted 7 years agoalan-sierracyclingSubscriber
I’d recommend Sierra Cycling. Based on the beach in Fuengirola with a communal swimming pool, free beer in the fridge and top guiding and trails.
We went in November and we’re going back in March.
If you are coming for just 4 days we are just 20 mins from Malaga airport. We´ll have you riding an hour after landing if you catch an early flight, perfect for a long weekend.Posted 7 years ago
Check us out on http://www.sierracycling.com.
Cheers for the plugs guys! Looking forward to having you all back out here in 2011 and I’ve got some new trails ready for you 😉
twelveski if you’re after any more info then just give me a shout, we’re right next to Biarritz, just 15 minutes, so it works well for a long weekend.Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for that but to be fair I contacted them all and in the end decided I would rather ride my Sunday than my Enduro, and as such decided to go with Switchbacks as the others were much more biased towards all mountain type stuff with maybe a day of totally supported uplift.
Stopa, your deposit is paid and we can sort the rest out at the weekend.
Eight weeks from now I will be getting very excited.
Thanks for all your suggestions, I will report back once we have been and let you know how it went.Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for all your suggestions, I will report back once we have been and let you know how it went.
Well, it was fantastic. Weather was a bit crap but the riding was top notch, the guys at Switchbacks are spot on (friendly, helpful, etc), accommodation was great.
Get through a day without a big crash and you’re doing well 🙂Posted 6 years agoagentdagnamitMember
I was going to mention Singletrack Safari and Ridesierranevada, but I’m sure they are all pretty good (and “share” trails in any case….)
Good shout being near the airport if you are only going for a few days, fingers cross the Spanish baggage handler strike doesnt mess you around.Posted 6 years ago
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