Freeride Spain – part II

‘Google mountain’ – another brilliant ride with a big variety of terrain and lots of spectacular scenery. Long climbs were rewarded with long descents and with 5 of us tearing down chasing each other it was exciting stuff. Someday I’ll be as fast at Si and Eoin going downhill! The day ended with a descent through a huge gorge along a dried out river bed. There was no trail as such, but it felt like skiing on a bike, surfing over loose stones at high speed on the verge of being in control – a very wierd experience but great fun.

google mountain descent

Eoin nailing it

nice view

Eoin & Si mon halfway up the climb

Simon showing how its done

spot the rider

reward for all the effort

‘Coast ride’ – EÓin and I began the day with a 1.5 hour road climb to get to the start of the ride – with smooth, wide roads its a great spot for road biking if you’re that way inclined. After a quick coffee fix we met the other guys for a great mountain bike ride down to the Mediterranean Sea. With legs beginning to tire it was good to have some tricky technical climbing to mix things up a bit, and the descents included a loose, dusty downhill course as well as some super rocky farm tracks that left me feeling a bit battered riding a hardtail. As we got closer to the sea the temperature increased nicely and biking tan lines have started early this year!

road climb

technical climb

nice trail!

windmills at the top

riding in the sun

more singletrack

After 23 hours of pedalling with thousands of meters of climbing and descending its been an awesome week. The trails are even better than I remember, the weather was perfect, coffee beer and tapas in local bars hit the spot every time, and I must be a lot fitter and faster than before I arrived. A huge thanks to Si and Emma at Freeride Spain, I can’t recommend them enough. Now unfortunately its back to the reality of winter, suffering withdrawl symptoms already.
Full set of photos from the week are here.

view from the apartment

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