Cool Sierras Day 3 – “Duende” de la Roi

King stage today! I wake up excited to see blue skies again and the temperature is the best so far of the trip, which considering our elevation and late fall disposition is pretty damn good.We take a somewhat shorter ride this morning to the trail head today. Lucas has us deposited efficiently trail-side before either of us can really wake up. We have our nature moment of the day before we even get started. We’re getting organized when a young boar and his little deer friend go chasing across

By | December 29th, 2016|Mountain Biking, Roadtrip|0 Comments

Cool Sierras Day 2 – Adventures under the clear blue Andalusian sky

Welcome to day two – up early and excited to hit the park today. It’s a good sign! The sun is bright, the air is fresh, and my legs are clamouring for action.The three of us out after another hefty buffet breakfast and with Lucas our trusty support hombre firmly at the wheel drive out to the trail head in the Land Rover. Treated to crazy views over valley and pine forest, interrupted only where fire damage has cleared the slopes. The roads are great – both the tarmac (bring your road bike) and

By | December 18th, 2016|Mountain Biking|0 Comments

Cool Sierras Day 1 – “Piernas Fuertes”

"Al hombre osado la fortuna le da la mano"I wake up in a large king sized bed in a room having dreamt of olive eating ewoks and slowly come to with growing excitement at the day dawning. What looked like a small hotel last night called the Hotel and Spa Sierra de Cazorla in a little town called La Iruela is in fact a large hotel with massive lounge and bar area overlooking a valley of unbelievable natural beauty. Think olive groves, whitewashed stone and stucco houses and winding paths leading

By | November 29th, 2016|Mountain Biking|0 Comments

November 9th – travel day Gatwick England to La Iruela, Spain

It’s a wet, blustery November morning at Gatwick Airport and I’m sitting in a windowless departure lounge for an EasyJet flight and looking forward to getting up and on our way. Papers are full of the news that Trump might win, even though we know already that he has in fact already won and the world has changed a little bit overnight.I’m en route to Malaga for three days mountain biking with Howard who is the owner of an amazing mountain and road bike tour company. The company tour is operated

By | November 19th, 2016|Mountain Biking, Roadtrip|0 Comments