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Ride Guide

A brief itinerary for one of our Spanish centre-based tours.

photo of mountain bike rider admiring mountain view
  • Bus transfer 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 our base in the village of Fondales on the south-facing slopes of Sierra Nevada with spectacular views of the Trevelez gorge.
  • Build bikes then relax by the pool watching the sun set.

With over twenty years of exploratory knowledge in the area we prefer not to run a fixed itinerary, but rather plan your routes daily choosing from our vast route portfolio. This way we can take into account the mood of the group, weather conditions, seasons etc. In the warmer season we tend to head for the higher altitude routes, concentrating on the lower 'Contraviesa' valley where the climate is more stable in the winter season.

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Wherever possible we operate 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 - you're on holiday! Batteries fully-recharged for the afternoon leg of the tour.

photo of rider climbing off-road

Daily rides average somewhere in the region of 300-900m of ascending and 1000-2000m of descending over 30-45km, plus one full-on gravity assist day (you could take your chain off!) with 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.

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