Summer high altitude programme
Alto del Chorillo, 2727 metres

Alto del Chorillo, 2727 metres, looking to Mulhacen

Programme outline

Our summer high altitude mountain biking programme will be running again between June and mid-September. We have run this highly popular programme every year since 2004 – see report for 2004.

Cycling at this altitude means we can avoid the worst of the heat and has the additional advantage of raising your red blood cell count, and therefore your fitness levels.

The majority of the rides will be at over 2000 metres altitude, culminating in a ride to the top of Pico Veleta – mainland Spain’s second highest mountain at 3400 metres (10,300 feet) – and a 3100metre (10,300 ft.) descent to Orgiva.

We will spend 2 nights at the Refugio Poqueira at 2,500 metres. This a very comfortable refiugo, with bar, restaurant, reading room, kitchen and sun terraces, with dormitory type bedrooms – a fantastic place to stay. The other nights will be spent at our base in Orgiva.

Typical ride programme

Day 1 Transfer from Malaga Airport to Orgiva. Assemble, and short ride to test the bikes.
Day 2 Vehicle transfer to Capileira (1500 metres altitude). Incredible 15 km single track high level ride (at 2,000 metres). Return to Orgiva.
Day 3 Vehicle transfer to Capileira (1500 metres altitude). Bike up to the Refugio Poqueira at 2,600 metres, involve biking up to 2,800 metres, stay overnight at the Refugio Poqueira.(1)
Day 4 Bike up to the Veleta Pass at 3400 metres, and return to the Refugio Poqueira for a second night.
Day 5 Bike down to Capileira at 1500m, followed by a circular route, then a technical descent into Orgiva.
Day 6 Day off. You can visit the Orgiva market, chill out around the pool, visit Granada and the Alhambra Palace, or go off on the bike on your own.
Day 7 High level route starting from Puente Palo, or descent from Trevelez to Orgiva. Pack up, night out in Orgiva.
Day 8 Return transfer to Malaga Airport.
Approaching the Refugio Poquiera at 2500 metres

Approaching the Refugio Poquiera at 2500 metres

(1)We have to take our own kit to the Refugio Poqueira, enough for 2 nights, normally an additional lightweight fleece and a pertex top (temperatures may be down to 15 C), minimal toiletries, possibly an extra T shirt and socks, hence a 20 to 30 litre rucksack is advisable. Clients are responsible for paying for their own evening meal (17 EUROS) and drinks (as they would normally) we pay the bed night and breakfast.

more photos here

The above programme should only be taken as a general guide. We will make every effort to tailor the programme to suit your requirements, abilities and preferences and are happy to customise the itinerary with regard to start and finish dates, routes and days off.

Costs

Cost is only £380 for the week (why pay more for an inferior holiday, with the big operators), this includes guiding for the week and transfers, accommodation (including 2 nights at the Refugio), breakfast and a packed lunch when required. Costs £150 per person per week for non cycling clients.

The programme does not include flights, airport transfers, insurance and meals, apart from those mentioned above. Airport transfers can be arranged – please see our Prices page.

Early booking is advised, so that we can book the Refugio Poqueira.

For more information contact David.

Email: to ensure that we receive your e mails, please contact both david@bikingandalucia.com and bikingandalucia@outlook.com
Telephone: +34 676002546

Skype: davidisaacs2

If you give us a landline or Skype (not mobile) telephone no we are happy to phone you in order to discuss if you wish.

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