MTB Weekend Spanish Utah/Hidden Rioja
Mountain Bike on the red dirt trails at the Spanish Utah and two days of remote singletrack and thrilling descents at Hidden Rioja.
No need to travel around the world to find yourself staring at red sand castles, ride cast and clay trails that feels like riding in Mars and trhilling backcountry descents at the very uninhabited Hidden Rioja region.
The Spanish Utah is in western Aragón close to Zaragoza. It’s a desert area formed by cast and clay from the tertiary age. It has geological formations eroded by thousands of years and it’s usually sunny with cool/warm weather.
Southeastern Rioja it’s a very uninhabited area we call the Hidden Rioja, trails are only known by locals and us (of course). After riding many spots in Spain we were invited to ride by the hostel owner and immediately we knew it was a top mountain biking destination. With trails meandering by alpine hillsides you’ll struggle to keep focused on the trail and not being distracted by the breathtaking vistas.
06-08 March, 2020
22-24 May, 2020
06-08 November, 2020
Not the date you are looking for? Contact us and propose a new one, we’ll do our best.
We’ll pick you up at the airport (before 10am) or hotel and drive to the Spanish Utah where we’ll have a light lunch (not included) then ride for about 3 to 4 hours. Gravel road and canyon creek climb to reach our first descend by red dirt to “Mars”. Then push the bike shortly to reach the second climb by gravel road and hike-a-bike for 10 minutes to summit a plateau from where we’ll enjoy the vistas. Short steep descent for more vistas. Down by a creek to link the final thrilling flow descent.
Drive for La Rioja to check in at our hostel, have dinner and brief the weekend. Driving from Madrid the Spanish Utah 2h. Driving from Spanish Utah to Igea 1,5h.
After breakfast we’ll load our bikes on the shuttle and forget about the 10km +600mts climb to start descending by a fast, flow trail along alpine terrain with 360 degrees vistas ending on the narrower singletrack we have ridden.
There come our first climb of the day with steep technical sections, we’ll climb for less than one hour to reach our next descent. A more challenging trail with rock sections, some steps but lots of flow as we ride from one terrace to another in between almond threes take advantage of the natural berms and speed up to end on a ridge with and old castle’s ruins as we enter a village.
Our second climb will also take less than one hour, but be prepared for some steep sections. As we reach a hut we’ll be warm enough to ride the fastest and longest descent of the day, fast and flow at the beginning we’ll be soon facing some rocky sections that will challenge our speed but put a grind in our faces as we ride by the ridge line.
We’ll end the morning going back to the hostel riding along a river passing by some millenary ruins. After lunch we’ll take another shuttle to ride more.
Previous days might have left us tired. So we planned two uplifts for sunday morning to ride a couple of amazing descents through a breathtaking hillside with fantastic vistas to the sierras. We’ll ride two alpine exposed trails starting from a stone village nested on top of a mountain.
After the last descents we’ll go back to our accommodation for lunch and pack to drive back to Madrid for 3 hours.
Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.
- Accommodation before and after the tour
- Mountain bike and associated gear – can be arranged by your host €60 per day
- Lunch on the first day and beverages off the meals
- Travel insurance that covers mountain biking
- Personal expenses
- Tips for your guides (optional)
On Sunday you will be dropped off at Madrid-Barajas airport or hotel. You are free to book any flight after 20:00. We’ll be in touch before the trip to finalize details.
Sure can come on your own! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Can my dietary needs be accommodated? Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
- + Two nights fully catered accommodation in a rural hostel.
- + Three days guided mountain bike riding.
- + Airport transfers to and from Madrid
- + All transfers during the weekend.