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Sensational Sierra Nevada

Electric Mountain Bike Holiday

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7 days

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£1,365 P.P.
Spain

Sensational Sierra Nevada

Electric Mountain Bike Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

£1,365 P.P.
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The mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to this epic singletrack adventure. The challenging mountain trails offer a uniquely rewarding challenge for experienced riders. We’ll use the capabilities of our pedal assisted electric mountain bikes to access high passes and help with some tough alpine climbs, culminating in a ride to the summit of Spain's third highest peak. These lead us to some of the most exciting riding in Europe with miles of switchbacks and rewarding technical trails. Spain’s famous rural hospitality makes for fun and relaxing evenings in a selection of charming local hotels.
Our Spanish team is convinced that mountain biking Sierra Nevada provides some of the finest riding you will experience anywhere in Europe. Our take on the Sierra Nevada adheres to the Saddle Skedaddle ethos of exceptional place to place cross country and enduro MTB tours. The terrain is natural, so while you wont see many berms or drops there are frequent sections requiring good bike-handling skills.
The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Spain, rising well over 3000m. The range was first inhabited by the Moors and Berbers that were driven out of Granada in 1492 at the end of the Christian Reconquista, and who created a cultivated hospitable land with villages linked by paths, and with orchards and allotments watered by snow melt from the high sierra. 
These paths and waterways, along with trails walked by shepherds for centuries have made the Sierra Nevada a mountain bikers Shangri-La. Our Sensational Sierra Nevada, Spain trip is almost a full loop of the Sierra and takes in the very best of these trails, providing a fantastic showcase of the area.
Please note that the exact itinerary for the Sensational Sierra Nevada holiday is subject to trail conditions in the mountains. The intimate local knowledge of our guides allows us to alter the route to best suit the current conditions.

Holiday Highlights

  • Remote technical riding on seldom visited paths
  • Testing climbs and descents on natural terrain
  • Re-fuelling on tasty local cuisine
  • Endless free-flowing trails through a bikers paradise
  • Sleeping comfortably in a high-mountain refugio
  • Powering to the summit of Spain’s third highest peak

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An absolute game changer! Power when needed brings you back grinning at the end of each day, looking forward to the next.

Dave, Newcastle

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival - Malaga

After arrival into Malaga airport we have a 2-3 hour transfer up to the mountain village of Guejar Sierra, perched on the northern edge of the the Sierra Nevada National Park and beneath the huge mass of the highest mountain range in mainland Spain.

We have time to test out our bikes and maybe stretch the legs before tucking into some traditional mountain cuisine.

Day 2
Guejar to Calahorra
31 miles / 48 kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Alcazaba (3371).

A testing climb will set us up for an incredible rollercoaster ride high above the gushing Rio Maitena along the famed Cuerda de Alguacil. At the high-point at 2336m on the summit of Las Catifas we can take in impressive views of the dramatic Lavaderos de la Reina trail and map out our way from here. The descent takes in some great varied singletrack taking us deep into the Mediterranean forests and pastures of Camarate, high above the Rio Alhama.

Winding our way through pastures and pine forests we’ll pass ancient farms and drop steeply to cross the Rio Alhori before a last testing climb to the mountainside refuge at Posterio Alto Mountain where we can take a replenishing picnic lunch with a view of the snow-capped Picon de Jerez.

It’s a fantastic post lunch ride with four amazing sections of sinuous forest singletrack that finish with fast and furious flow!

A short spin takes us to our digs for the night in the castle-topped village of Calahorra.

Day 3
Calahorra - Cadiar
28 miles / 45 kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After breakfast the vans will be loaded for an uplift to the Puerto La Ragua (2000m) missing out the 1000m asphalt slog.

As the sun rises and lights up the snow on the El Chollo mountain top high above us a lightening fast track throws us onto some exhilarating singletrack through thick pine, crossing Barrancos (ravines) and pastures.

A good track will climb us high, passing the waterfalls of Las Chorreras, a great spot to re-fill water bottles and take in some food.

Our support drivers and guides know a thing or two about feeding hungry cyclists. A delicious spread of locally cured jams and cheeses, fresh salads, pasta or rice dishes and many other local specialities along the way, all served up in nature’s own dining room. Expect to be well fed all week!

We pick up smooth paths that pass the summit of Cerro Gordo 2083m before the singletrack drops steeper and into the dramatic Berchules gorge passing ancient water mills and acequias (irrigation channels) masterminded by the Moors.

We’ll pick up a long distance footpath, the GR7, that winds its way along rocky ridges, through pines and spits us out in the white village of Berchules.

The last trail is an absolute cracker as we take on the ‘El Fuerte’ singletrack that clings to the olive clad hillside high above the Barranco de Cimboa. The trail takes us down over 1400m as it runs fast and smooth into slate steps and back again and doesn’t let up until it hits the Rio Guadalfeo high on the adrenaline running through your veins!

An absolute blast, will take us down technical and smooth trails, through ancient villages, olive and almond groves to deposit us at our beautiful country hotel for après bike refreshments.

Day 4
Cadiar - Fondales
25 miles / 40 kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

True to form in getting to ride the very best trails of the area we’ll uplift back up into the Sierra before you embark on a meaty climb to the 2000m mark. With great views of the highest peaks on the Peninsular and the dramatic Trevelez gorge we will take on ‘Noah’s’ trail. An ancient mule track that hugs the precipitous mountainsid. The finale of cobbled switch-backs really tests your skills before being dumped into the village of Trevelez.

The villagers claim they inhabit the highest village in Spain at over 1400 metres (but actually isn’t) and is renowned for curing some of the tastiest Jamon in Spain (which is true!).

After coffee and a touch of Jamon tasting we get cracking with climb high above the iconic Trevelez gorge. We head through smallholdings and almond groves before some cracking singletrack switchbacks.

The trail to come is worth every drop of sweat you’ve expended. Fast flowing singletrack dips and winds through the forest with glimpses of the mountains towering overhead.

We’ll cross plenty of refreshing barrancos on the way before heading into some more fast, rocky switchbacks through a dramatic gorge to bring us to our nights rest in the pretty white village of Fondales.

The local bar dishes up terrific food with great views and atmosphere.

Day 5
Fondales - Refugio Poquiera
20 miles / 32 kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Ok, so there’s no point in trying to dumb down the objective of the day, we have climb a little over 700 vertical metres to the very well run, comfortable Refugio Poquiera.

However to give maximum fun to the day before we do the inevitable we’ll uplift and take on some tasty, lengthy singletrack that weaves high across the sierra until we reach a fantastic vantage point overlooking the Poquiera gorge dotted with white villages. Up the valley you’ll be able to see our nights’ accommodation, the Refugio Poquiera over 1000m above, and looming high above this are the southern slopes of Spain’s highest peaks.

It’ll be a tough but rewarding day out. The peaceful bliss of sleeping at 2500m is a real privilege. There’s no vehicle access to the hut so you’ll have to carry our overnight gear from 2150m.

Don’t worry though you don’t have to carry the food or wine as there’s a restaurant and bar service – result!!

Day 6
Refugio Poquiera – Orgiva
23 miles / 38 kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

What a fantastic place to wake up, two and a half thousand metres up in the Sierra Nevada National Park. As the sun rises on the peaks and the chill of the night is taken away we’ll embark on one incredible day that will see us descending over 3000 metres!!

From the refugio we will climb just shy of 1000 metres (snow line permitting) to the summit of Veleta, the second highest peak in the Sierra (the third highest in mainland Spain) at 3398 metres. From the summit you can see the whole of the sierra, the Mediterranean and on clear days Morocco!

Trails heading past the Mirador de Trevelez will lead us to beautiful sweeping singletrack along an ancient irrigation channel, taking us into forests and past huge dramatic cliffs. The singletrack becomes testing before it takes on another long smooth traverse, dropping us past picturesque villages and deep into the Poquiera gorge for a nerve calming lunch stop.

A steady track climb leads us to a terrific undulating singletrack, linking villages, crossing streams and pastures until it throws us into the final descent of the week, down the awesome Rio Lanjaron for a fitting finale. Back down to civilization in Orgiva it’s time to celebrate what we’ve achieved during the week in grand style.

Day 7
Transfer from Lanjaron to Malaga
  • Meals: Breakfast

It’s time to pack your bags for the last time and say farewell to your fellow traveller as we transfer you to Malaga Airport (AGP) for onward connections.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The Sierra Nevada is serious mountain biking country. You will be experiencing a range of terrain over the course of the week with frequent narrow, exposed trails and steep, rocky and sometimes loose descents.

There are some road sections and 4×4 tracks to get us from each section of trail to the next but be have sought out the best options to maximise our off-road time.

There is still a large amount of climbing involved each day and even with your electric bike a good level of fitness is required to get the most out of this holiday.

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Mountain Biking Grade

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Grade 4 : Challenging

Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day

For regular mountain bikers who have a good level of fitness

Routes with frequent moderate to difficult technical sections

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose generally include more challenging 1-2 hour long climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with some testing obstacles such as drop offs and steep downhills. Our grade 4 trips should suit you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
19/09/2021
Return Date
25/09/2021
Duration
7 days
Price
£1,365.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).

B) Meals as itinerary – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Evening Meal.

C) Full tour service including guides, support vehicles etc.

D) Airport collections and drop-offs from/to Malaga (AGP) on scheduled arrival and departure days.

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike hire (available if required)

E) Flights & charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

F) Single room option (available if required)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts in Guejar Sierra and ends at Orgiva.

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday and both the arrival and return transfers from Bilbao Airport (BIO) will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the scheduled transfer windows, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

We will provide you with details of suitable flight/arrival/departure schedules as flight timetables become available. Please check with us before making any travel arrangements, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers.

Accommodation

Most of the accommodation in the Sierra Nevada is shared twin or double rooms which will usually be ensuite in 2 and 3 star hotels or guesthouses.

On two nights we stay in mountain refugios which provide comfortable beds and serve hearty food and refreshing beverages to tired bikers.

Bike Hire

The majority of riders will be using hire bikes. These will be pedal assisted Electric Mountain Bikes (pedelecs). The bikes are very good quality mountain bikes featuring full suspension, disc brakes and good quality components. The motor systems will be from a reputable brand such as Bosch, Shimano, Yamaha or Brose.

We can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

You are welcome to bring your own saddle with you, and if you would like to use SPD/clipless pedals you will need to bring these with you.

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