All year round weekly centre based trail riding packages include:
*Airport Transfers for Riders and Bikes*
*Accommodation with breakfast and evening meals*
*Shuttle Assisted Rides*
*Optional Two Day Overnight Excursions*
*Based in the Trail Mecca of Southern Europe*
*ALL THIS FOR £460 P/P*
The Sierra Nevada mountains and the Alpujarras, are the recognised trail mecca for mountain biking in Southern Spain.
Great for all year round riding with the area boasting the cleanest and driest climate in Europe and with around 320 days of sunshine annually.
A constantly improving programme with new routes and trails added along with many old favourites. Riders returning from our early years are still being shown spectacular new rides.
We have custom built roll on roll off trailers which carry up to ten bikes for quick and easy uplift service with two mini buses for maximum flexibility.
With the same faithful team of guides and staff giving the best knowledge and a great personal service. Ciclomontana is a legally registered company with Turismo Activo for mountain biking holidays and licensed with the Spanish tourist board for our accommodation. We have full public liability insurance for both. You stay in a renovated 300 year old moorish style accommodation with pool, workshop and great après biking facilities. Choice of five single track descents finishing at the back door. Great home cooked evening meals served on the terrace, catering for a variety of diets with lunchtime bar/ restaurant pit stops.
All this is fantastic value at only £460 for our centre based option which includes airport transfers, accommodation, evening meals, breakfasts, professional guiding and mini bus route transfers.
The main accommodation is situated in the pueblo of Mecina Fondales within the Trevelez gorge and is a fully equipped rustic cortijo renovated in the traditional Alpujarran style. Mecina Fondales is a small village with only around thirty houses, and is just outside the Sierra Nevada National Park.
The village is very quiet but there are three local bars and a hotel all serving food within a short stroll of the main accommodation, if you would like to try some of the local hospitality.
Our accomodation is suitable for upto six people. However, for larger groups, we have a range of other accommodation available within the village.
The accommodation includes :
•Fully equipped kitchen.
•Living room area.
•Two showers/seperate toilets.
•Wood burning stove.
•Bike/bag storage and workshop area.
•Bed linen/towels etc. included.
Used to be: MX rider, Bike courier, Agricultural Engineer, Civil Engineer,
Category winner Andalucian
MB championship 2000, Subcampeon in category El Limite marathon 20008..
What is he doing here?: Logistics, routemeister, OTC Technical trail leader, First aider, Scooby bus pilot and loading the dishwaser while everyone else has gone to the bar.
Fav pitstop drink: Cafe con leche.
Fav pitstop food: Not roadkill soup.
Claim to fame: Whilst working as a bike courier, delivered a package to Michael Caine. and not a lot of people know that!
Rides: Turner Flux.
Used to be: Accounts manageress.
What is she doing here?: The hub of Ciclomontana. She's here, she's there, she's everywhere, Admin, accounts, cook, cleaner, guide, first aid, mini bus transfers. Also very good at the broom handle trick .
Fav pitstop drink: La mumba.
Fav pitstop food: Menu 2 in the Abuxarra.
Claim to fame: Winning the Castell- Rubite hill climb - womens category.
Fav ciclo trail: B.O.D. ( back of the disco)
Rides: Rookie Bandido ( Kona jump bike copy )
Used to be: Bar manager in Mexico
( still is! ).
World wide mountain leader guide, biking and hiking.
What is he doing here?: Experienced guide in the Alpujarras and Granada regions. Top guide for Granada street riding. Good at relocating dislocated joints trailside.
Fav pitstop drink: Diet coke ( teatotal)
Fav pitstop food: Meat balls in bar Aljibe.
Claim to fame: Knows everybody in Granada and can moondance like Michael Jackson.
Fav ciclo trail: Elephants tail.
Rides: Morewood ( couldn't afford a Turner )
Used to be: Trauma nurse, Punk rocker
What is he doing here?: Sports therapist , masseur, chiropractor, keeps those aching muscles and limbs functioning.
Fav pitstop drink & food: Hasn't got time, got to get back for the kids.
Claim to fame: Beating Leo in the 'Limite' Enduro.
Fav ciclo trail: Anything that misses out the ' huck' by the cemetery in Busquistar.
How do we get to Ciclo?
Transfer service for riders and bikes is included in the price from Malaga airport which is served by a choice of airlines. The transfer time is 2hrs. For Malaga arrivals we ask that riders choosing a weekly itinerary arrive up to 13:00 hours on a Saturday (please contact us before booking flight arrivals and departures outside this schedule. For Malaga departures a check in time around midday or later would be advisable.) for the group collection service returning to the Alpujarras. Car hire and bus services available from either airport for people requiring more flexibility.
What is the best way to transport our bikes?
If you have not travelled with your bike before, it is easy enough to do. Most airlines now require the bike to be transported in a bag or box which can either be be purchased or hired from most bike shops , they can also advise you on packing your bike correctly. A custom built trailer and mini bus will collect you from the airport in Spain.
What type of bike set up would be best?
We have riders out on all types of mounts, including (admittedly rare) fully rigid. Ideally a full suspension all day trail bike with disc brakes would be ideal, but a hard tail with front suspension will suffice. If it is a bike that you have been riding for a while and you are comfortable with then that is fine.
The most important factor being that it is in good working order. Make sure that you have ridden your bike at least once prior to your trip, especially after servicing / new parts fitted etc. checking that everything is working properly. One common mistake is to fit a new chain on old sprockets ( out of mesh) or turn up with a fractured frame. It all sounds like beginners stuff but it happens frequently and can make all the difference for a faff free holiday.
What kind of tyres are best?
Although not obligatory, we recommend tubeless tyre systems (with latex liquid) to cope with the cactus thorns that litter the trails, and cause those annoying 'slowies'. When riding in large groups this has a significant difference in keeping the rides flowing sweetly. You need not necessarily change over to tubeless rims totally, just purchase the rim strips to convert your standard rims( www.notubes.com ), along with UST tyres and latex. We have successfully used this system for ten years.
What is the recommended daily trail kit?
Knee/Shin/Elbow protection. (can be strapped to back pack when not needed)
Full finger gloves
Fleece/ waterproof (probably not needed)
Personal first aid kit
Hydration pack /water bottle/s
Inner tube ( two if you are not running tubeless)
Puncture repair kit
Spare rear gear hanger (specific to your bike)
Pump (don't rely on your mates)
Money for pit stops
Passport/ Insurance details/ EHIC card (E111)
This mountain bike experience is right on the money! You have got it all - great trails, lunch stops/evening meals and top guiding.
Mark even pays for the games of pool at the end of the day!
Now I know nobody likes a show off, but that bakery roof jump was pretty good eh?
Local folklore material I reckon!
1st time on the recommendation of the mountain maniacs .........
What can I say.........what a top week!
I can honestly say this has been the best biking I have ever had. Not only that but great hospitality and a great laugh with dangerous Dave, Mark jr, Mark snr, Jacky and Nats. We will be seeing you again.
These aren't just ascents. "These are lung busting challenges to breathtaking views across spectacular mountain ranges."
This isn't just singletrack "This is sweet flowing adrenaline fuelled ecstasy along danger of death exposure."
This isn't just food. "This is Jacky's sumptuos feast of food for the Gods and the righteous."
This isn't just a biking holiday. "This is CICLOMONTANA."
Hot sunny, dusty singletrack!
What more could you ask for Adios until next time!
( Ab Fab ) had a great time despite the bruises. Hosts and guides are excellent !
Other guests are great! lots of new friends ( potentially ). Thanks very much.
3rd time here it just gets better.
CENTRE BASED RIDE LOGISTICS
A brief itinerary for one of our centre based tours. Transfers from Malaga airport to our base in the Alpujarras, with a stop off for lunch on the coast, before continuing the journey to Sierra Nevada. Arrive at base in village of Fondales, south facing slopes of Sierra Nevada with spectacular views of the Trevelez gorge. Build bikes then relax by pool watching the sun set.
With over twenty years of exploratory knowledge in the area, we prefer not to run a fixed itinerary , instead relying on planning your daily routes choosing from our vast route portfolio , taking into account the mood of the group , weather conditions, seasons etc. In the warmer season tending to head for the higher altitude routes , concentrating on the lower ' Contraviesa' valley where the climate is more stable in the winter season.
Wherever possible two guides per group with radio communication keeping rides flowing without the need for constant regrouping at junctions or waiting for problems with mechanicals etc. The 'sweeper' guide will be on hand to aid with mechanicals/punctures , directions and friendly banter. Most of your rides will be lift assisted with some climbing necessary to link more remote sections of trail . Along with having fun on the challenging daily routes, a ride needs a purpose and part of yours will be to sample the ambience and fantastic choice of local gastronomic delights available in the mountain village retreats we have pre booked for your lunchtime pit stops . Afterwards relax, digest the food and atmosphere, no rush ,your on holiday . Batteries fully recharged for the afternoon leg of the tour. Daily ride averages somewhere in the region of 300/900m of ascending, 1000/2000m of descending over 30/45km with one full on gravity assist day ( you could take your chain off ), five separate descents of approx 2500m accumulative over 25km. In regards to its topographic geography and trail layout , the Alpujarras has been described as ' the Tibet of Europe ' . With a labyrinth of medieval trails clinging to the steep sided gorges and surrounding valleys , it is of a totally rural setting ,with the Mediterranean climate making it an idyllic base for year round mountain bike adventures.
We are here to show you how to get the very best out of your holiday.
Weekly guided itinerary based in the Alpujarras.
Airport transfers from Malaga - Saturday to Saturday), accommodation, breakfasts, evening meals, mini bus route transfers and guiding (Wednesday is a rest day).
Price per person £460 discounted to £445 for returning customers and group bookings of more than four people.
Non cycling partners also welcome (contact us for price).
Short breaks/Long weekends.
Customised long weekend and short breaks organised, either staying at our base in the Alpujarras or in Granada capital.
Prices from £80 per person per day/night, includes most meals, guiding and accommodation .
All of the above itineraries do not include flights or insurance.You will need an EHIC card (this has now replaced the E111) and can be applied for on line at www.ehic.org.uk together with adequate medical insurance.
Contact www.sportscoverdirect.com ( UK) for all of your insurance requirements.