Guided Espubike Mountain Bike Challenge
- Tackle The 146km circular Espubike challenge (guided)
- Ride through the spectacualr Sierra Espuna National Park
- Ascents of 1,600m with spectacular views of the mountainous region
Mollydoo was invited by the Spanish Tourist Board back in March 2016 to explore the amazing Sierra Espuna National Park and we were not dissapointed. Situated just over an hours drive from the busy resorts of Costa Blanca and Murcia and easy accesible by the main airports of Alicante and Murcia, lies an almost undiscovered área of natural beauty, just waiting to be explored on two wheels.
If your passion is mountain biking and you enjoy a challenge, then this package is for you. It promises beautiful scenery, technical ravines, single tracks and thrilling descents amongst green pine forests and the spectacular mountains of the Sierra Espuna National Park.
Apart from having five amazing days mountian biking, with some epic climbs and technical descents, we have included some of the best hotels and guest houses in the area, providing a traditional but luxury authentic Spanish experience. We have included a free day at the end of the trip also to continue the cycling or do something else, totally up to you.
If you already have a good level of fitness and are looking to improve your endurance and riding skills, and above all, want to experience some of the best mountain biking in Spain, then this package is for you.
- 6 Nights Accommodation
- The B&B+picnic bag option includes 6 breakfasts, 6 picnic bags (1 > aperitif, 1 sandwich, 1 piece of fruit, 1 drink) and 2 dinners at the HospederÃa Casas Nuevas
- Private Airport Transfers (Alicante airport)
- Luggage & Bike Transfers
- 5 Fully Supported Guided MTB Rides
- Pre-Tour Briefing
- Mollydoo Cycling Jersey
What's Not Included
- Flights (We Can Arrange)
- Travel Insurance
- Mountain Bikes (can be hired)
**All the hotels below are included in this package.**
These accommodations have been visited and carefully selected by Mollydoo and offer the best accommodation in and around the Sierra Espuna National Park that showcase this beautiful area of outstanding natural beauty.
Ride Itinerary & Useful Info
After a short flight from the UK, you will arrive at Alicante airport. The transfer time is approx 1 hour. Your party will be transported, along with your luggage and bike, to the picturesque village of El Berro, ready for your first ride the following morning.
Stage 1: El Berro to Gebas
On-Bike Statistics: 25 (Km), 500 (M) elevation
We provide a warm up ride as an introduction to this epic 146km mountain bike challenge; starting from the picturesque village of El Berro, which is situated to the east of Espuna and finishes at Gebas. We ride through the beautiful green forest of Sierra Espuña, La Muela and then head into the amazing ravines known as the badlands of Los Barrancos de Gebas, in the municipality of Alhama de Murcia.
Our journey starts along La Senda del Agua in Sierra Espuña Park. Then, crossing the road from Alhama to Pliego, we go up to La Muela heading to the Pino Grande, or Pino Gordo. We follow the Cejo de la Atalaya track and the Rento pathway, and arrive at the spectacular Barrancos de Gebas ravine. This part of the ride is quite technical and has some steep downhill sections with twists and turns, but delivers a thrilling ride through these extraorinary rock formations.
If, by some remote chance it is a rainy day or has rained a lot the previous days, then we should take the service road of the river diversion to the left and up to the Alhama-Pliego road heading to Gebas (to the right). This is due to the ravine area having a clay foundation and you would need us to come and help you detach your bike from the ground!
Stage 2: Gebas to Casas Nuevas
On-Bike Statistics: 32 (Km), 543 (M) elevation
The second section goes from Gebas to Casas Nuevas through the municipalities of Alhama, Mula and Pliego.
It goes past the water infrastructure of the Tajo-Segura River Diversion from Alhama to Pliego, the Caño del Barbol, the springs of Umbría de Sierra Espuña and the ones of Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla. A 32 km itinerary with a cumulative ascent of 543 m to continue stretching your legs and get ready for the two last big stages of this epic mtb tour.
Easy transit pathways, no extreme difficulty
Stage 3: Casas Nuevas to Las Alquerías
On-Bike Statistics: 36 (Km), 1,400 (M) elevation
Section 3 of the route goes from Casas Nuevas to Las Alquerías through some emblematic areas of the Park, such as Collado del Portillo, Malvariche, Pedro López slope, Collado Humero, Camino del Pinillo, La Carrasca House and Spring and Purgatorio houses.
This is a more demanding itinerary, with a route of 36 km and a cumulative ascent of 1,400 m. In this stage you will definitely get ready for the fourth stage, which is the last and the BIG Stage of the itinerary. When you arrive at Malvariche, just lean your bike against the fence surrounding the pond and sit down facing the House, under the Pine Tree for some rest. The time has come for the almost 8 km ascent to Collado Humero, of about 1,400 m. Take it easy because there are still some steep slopes left along the route.
Stage 4: Las Alquerías to El Berro
On-Bike Statistics: 53 (Km), 1,300 (M) elevation
The fourth and final section goes from Las Alquerías back to the community of El Berro, through some pathways and tracks such as Algarrobo, Campix, Paredes del Leyva –Cejo de Valdecanales– and Barranco de la Hoz.
It goes past Fuente del Hilo, La Perdiz, Senda de los Dinosaurios suspension bridge, Fuente Blanca and Prado Mayor; then it descends towards El Berro delivering spectacular views of the impressive Barranco de la Hoz ravine, which we passed at Umbría de Sierra Espuña in section 2.
We head to Casas Nuevas– and continue the descent along the road to Fuente Dueñas. Also a very demanding section, with 53 km, that is to say, more kilometres than any of the other stages; still, it has a cumulative ascent under 1,300 m.
The finish line is near and you will soon wear the official Espubike Challenge jersey!
The last day of your week is a free day, you can relax around the hotel or in the village of El Berros. Or you may choose to go exploring on one of the small circular MTB trails or even go for a hike in the nearby area, there are some great routes and beautiful scenery to take in.
Whatever your fancy please let us know if you would like us to arrange anything special for you and your group with regards to excursions and trips.
We are sure you will have a great week in Sierra Espuna.
The team will transport you from your hotel in El Berro back to Alicante Airport where we say farewell after an amazing trip. This will include luggage and bikes for you and your party.