Mountain Biking in Spain
Day rides, in Murcia, Huesca, gpx Tracks, Cross Country, Duathlon Cross, Triathlon Cross.
In this quick blog I will out line some of the riding that is available, better seasons, races and where riding can be done without coming across hunters, fences and unwanted surprises.
Winter Mountain Biking
Winter riding from October to April in the Murcia area is ideal with season-low in Jan 5ºc first thing but 10-12ºc mid day. Some of the riding is close to the city however it is busy with local riders on the walking tracks so better to get away from the crowds.
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Where to ride MTB in Spain
I have built up an extensive range of rides from 20km to 60km height gains from just a few hundred meters to over a thousand. And of course, all the places to stop for coffee. please email for more details.
Which events to race in Spain
lets look at some races, Alicante area; Santa Pola, right next to the airport holds a Triathlon cross race at the start of June and a duathlon cross at the end of September, be careful the temps are still high. distance 1km swim, 18km ride, 6km run.
Mountain bike riding in Cofrentes the Valencia area is a real treat the local mountains about an hour from the city.
This small town boasts an amazing range of sign posted tracks green, blue, red and black level of difficulty in colours like ski runs.
However, they cover a wide area so you get the feeling of freedom and the safety of not getting lost. They also hold a mountain triathlon in April.
Almeria, has great weather all year round and some amazing marathon rides.
A regular on the calendar is Velez Blanco in the autumn it can get cold as the village is at 500m but after a 55km ride you are provided with a huge sit down meal and all at the cheap price of 35 euros.
Mountain Bike Instructor Award Filabres hills, dusty valles on the back end of the Sierra Nevada, Granada.
Here you can train, navigation and bike skills and the watchful eye of the examiner. Good luck!
The ‘Guzman El Bueno’ 80km mountain bike ride in the Sierra Morena, Cordoba is a very challenging ride in March, cool conditions similar to those in UK.
A marathon ride that also has a short 55km route but tough with over two thousand riders it’s difficult to keep up or get out of the way, only for the serious rider.
It is co-run with the local infantry, mechanised unit, so food tent and bike wash thanks to boys in green. It is slightly more expensive at 50euros.
Also in the same area is the very hard-core Andalucia bike Race in Feb that is a week of cross country 60/70km rides and comes in at 400euros a head.
Xterra is a brand of triathlon cross that is getting bigger all the time. 2013 the Spanish race was in June in Cieza, Murcia.
2014 it moved to May and La Manga area of Murcia. The swim got cancelled and the run was pooly marked out causing some controversy.
1500m swim, 28km ride and a 10km trail run in the afternoon heat is a very tough challenge and it has a hefty price tag of 112euros.
Madrid is also hosting Xterra this year in July and with sprint distance too, making the experience more fun and less demanding.
Another company is also holding a series of duathlon and triathlon cross races around Madrid.
Although the distances are at sprint level all of this Madrid action is in the summer and rather hot for those accustomed to colder conditions.
Mtb La Rioja
Moving north we can get into the famous La Rioja region. Not for the wine, but for established tracks in the hills and mountains making riding worry-free and free. Pick up a map in Navarette.
The big hills are where we might expect the downhill riders to be but the mountains around Huesca. Towns such as Biescas and Aínsa with extensive routes.
Crossing over to the French side in Arrete can also offer some cross country riding without getting out of your depth. Also with established routes marked and free.
I will be investigating some of the riding around the mountains in Navarra, Catalonia and also the French side. My knowledge of places and rides is growing fast. If you are thinking of heading south to get some sunny rides then please get in contact.
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