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5 Days
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Mountain Bike
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    Fitness Grade - 3
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3
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    Skills Grade - C
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Spain Weekend – Marina Alta Summits & Singletrack Full Itinerary 


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The Mountain Biking - Introduction 
This whole region was once populated by the Moors, a nation of great traders who cut many twisting trails through the rugged limestone mountains. The remains of these ancient narrow rocky tracks are perfect for off-road bikers and often give access to the most remote mountains, forests and hidden villages. Our expert guides have built up an incredible wealth of knowledge in the 15 years they have been resident and are able to plan the best routes for the group, or to allow the group to split to meet different ability levels. They make riders aware of any tricky ride sections as they approach giving sound advice on how to tackle them for full enjoyment. They aim to take you deep into the Valencian Mountains and guide you through some of the best Mountain biking trails that this beautiful region of Spain can offer.
 
Two Guides 
 

This holiday is a two-guide tour. Choosing a mountain biking tour with two guides (Where necessary) has a huge range of benefits, including:

  • Flexible ride choices, with more challenging options on the same day, if needed. (great for groups/couples of differing abilities)
  • Greater knowledge, thanks to the blend of experiences and skills that two guides can bring to the trip
  • Smoother service, as everything flows more easily, from loading bikes, to bike set up, to everyday tour management
  • Qualification of the Highest Standards (MBLA Leaders) - Our Spanish guiding team are some of the most experienced, qualified and highly professional mountain bikers you could ever ride with. Trained in the UK to the highest standards through the Mountain Bike Leaders Awards scheme.
 
Usual daily distances: 30km
Days of cycling: 4
Tour staff: 2 Mountain bike guides (If required)
 
Terrain:  There is a great deal of singletrack riding, sometimes on narrow, rocky trails which cling to the sides of the mountains. In places there are options to avoid the most technical riding, but a good level of skill and confidence is required throughout the tour.
 
If you want to find out more about the mountain biking, the guiding or anything else about Spain – please just give us a call. Our office team is always ready to help with enquiries.
 
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Email: admin@cycleactive.com
Call: + 44 (0)1768 840400

 

 Day 1 Thursday - Arrival  
 
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You fly from your departure airport into Alicante airport where you should arrive anytime before 2pm local time for the scheduled 1 hour 45 minute transfer up to the mountains (alternative transfers can be arranged at additional cost). On arrival at our guest house we soon get the bikes built up in good time before dinner. If you’re renting a bike, our guides will get it fitted up for you to test out. After dinner your hosts/guides will brief you on what’s to come during your week with us and answer any questions that you may have.
 
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Meals Included: Dinner

 

 Day 2 Friday - Meet the Marina Alta 
 
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Riding from the door we head out for our first full day in the saddle on a mix of undulating trails and cracking local single track runs with an impressive backdrop of steep ancient almond and olive terraces, natural rock arches and Moorish castle ruins. We cut through a sheltered valley and soon on to a favourite rocky Mozarabic mule run. A steady climb then takes us higher into the Marina Alta Mountains and lunch at the Moorish Castle ruins from which Castell de Castells takes its name. The castle’s wow factor views are left behind as we saddle up for a rollercoaster journey back to base taking in “Little Snake”, “Snake Pass”, the “Weasel” and “Dragonfly” a mix of superb single track sections ranging from fast flowing through to tight rocky, rugged switch backs and everything in between. All of it in amongst a breathtaking landscape and the aroma of wild mountain herbs.
 
Cycling: 26km
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & cake, Dinner

 

 Day 3 Saturday - Crocodiles, Turkeys and Wolves
 
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Today we venture further afield to access some great Spanish single track opened up by your guides in 2011. A short transfer drops us in vine growing country where we climb rough, loose trails with an awesome mountain backdrop and views to the Sea. The morning efforts bring a welcomed remote bar stop and miles of top single track riding in a landscape peppered with weather beaten shepherd casita ruins. Suitably refreshed, we encounter “The Crocodile’s Back” a long, rocky, narrow path traversing the mountain. A leisurely lunch is taken at a remote spot amongst the vines before more top single track beckons. “Pavo Pass”- another exciting trail carves its way down into the valley below and an optional bar stop at Kiko’s. We leave Kiko with his broad smile and head down onto one of the “Los Lobos” trails, our ultimate single track run of the day. A rugged trail then takes us to the support vehicle where bikes are guide loaded whilst you enjoy cool refreshments and reflect on a superb day in the saddle. Then it’s back to base for a siesta before a superb dinner out in the village.
 
Cycling: 27km
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & cake

 

 Day 4 Sunday – Eagle Country
 
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We spin out of the village on a quiet warm up road before climbing high into the mountains to a remote lookout where the Skink trail awaits us. A tough, testing 8k single track descent of varied terrain ensues and delivers us to a welcome coffee bar. Refreshed, we hit a dry riverbed chasing through cane tunnels in true boar country. Our next climb challenge fast appears and with the knowledge that food awaits at the peak we soon top out and take a relaxed lunch with the rewarding views that our efforts have bought us. Post lunch our real payback becomes evident - a long, challenging single track descent – the Raptor run. This awesome valley hosts Golden, Booted and Bonelli’s eagles often seen patrolling the skies. On through forest and farmers tracks we arrive at a bustling village with a selection of bars offering refreshment for those that have the inclination. For anyone wanting a more relaxed last day, the bars provide all they need whilst the remainder head off on an exciting final loop of great varied terrain with an unexpected surprise. We return to the bar a while later to a welcome beer and banter. The bikes are guide loaded before the short journey back up to base to pack up and ready ourselves for our last night together. 
 
Cycling: 25km
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & cake, and Dinner

 

 Day 5 Monday – Heading home
 
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We get the final bike packing done and ready for the journey home. Depending on flight departure times you may just squeeze in a quick local unguided ride, but otherwise you can enjoy a lazy start before the journey to Alicante and then home.
 
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FURTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION
    

Choosing the Right Holiday
At CycleActive we carefully grade our trips to a required level of fitness and, for a required level of mountain biking skill. We also offer personal advice to anyone who needs it, by email or on the phone, thus ensure that you find a holiday suitable for your abilities and desires.

Fitness grade 3. Good fitness from regular exercise sessions and time spent actively involved in cycling. Can ride full days in any terrain at a steady pace.

Skill grade C. Can ride over most normal terrain including steep, rough, narrow tracks with tree roots and other small obstacles forming part of the normal ride. Confident on all man-made singletrack trails and will be able to ride most small drops/step-downs or other technical trail features.

Geography and Climate
This tour is based in the Marina Alta Mountains, which are on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. The mountains are little known and as a whole are very untouristed. The villages are still quite traditional, with good local bars, shops and cafes in the village where we stay. This region enjoys a good climate almost all year as the region is location on the east coast of Spain it guarantees sunny, warm weather for most of the year. Our Pension in Castell de Castells We stay in the "Pension Castells", a 200 year old renovated guest house in the heart of the village. With comfortable twin or double bedded en-suite rooms, superb meals each night (with a good supply
of local wine, straight from the barrel!) and its roof top terrace overlooking the village streets and mountains beyond, this is the perfect place to be based.
  
Cycling Support
While cycling in Spain you need to be able to carry your own basic provisions and tools, as the vehicle cannot follow us during the rides. Our leaders carry a good toolkit and will help to fix most bike problems, and if the problem is too serious we are usually not far from assistance or a road. Our vehicles will be permanently based at the Pension, should anyone need to be collected from a distant valley due to a medical or technical problem. Note that while we do have a well-equipped workshop, we cannot guarantee to be equipped for all repairs and there are no bikeshops nearby, so you must ensure that your bike is in good working order before coming on the tour.
  
Cycle Hire
If you want to use your own bike it is usually easy to find flights which are suitable and we will send you our guideline packing instructions. If you prefer to rent one for the trip we offer excellent bikes from DMR, Trek and Kona. Please call us to discuss bike hire so that we can find what's best for you.
  
Flights and Transfers
We can book your flight through an ATOL bonded agent and you will have a separate contract for your flight with them. Alternatively you can book your own flights through Easyjet, BMI, Monarch or Thomson who cover most regional UK airports. With a transfer time of around 2 hours from airport to guesthouse we can only make one journey on arrival day and departure day. This is usually time to fit in with flights arriving mid to late afternoon and departing at a similar time. If you wish to arrive early you may be able to take a taxi to a beachside bar or just relax at the café in Alicante airport. If you need to arrive late please let us know so we can organise a taxi for you at an additional cost. On departure day you will need to reserve an extra transfer with us if you intend to fly home earlier than the afternoon transfer allows – please check availability and prices before booking your flights.
  
Passports and Visas
For entry into Spain, UK citizens need a full passport, but a visa is not required.
   
Clothing and Equipment
On booking, a detailed list of useful and essential items will be sent to you. You must bring your own cycle helmet that must be worn for all cycle rides.
 
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