MTB Weekend off grid Rioja

Epic Mountain Bike weekend adventure lost on the trails of Spain’s most uninhabited region of Cameros in La Rioja.

Ride the unbeaten singletrack of La Rioja Bike Race passing by abandoned villages. Descending by canyon hillsides and haunting beech, oak and pine forests that have nothing to envy to the trails on the Pyrenees.

Cameros is the forgotten Rioja. More than one million sheep pastured around Cameros during the middle age, it was a wool Spain’s emporium. Nowadays uninhabited and forgotten its hidden treasure are the trails network lost in the mountains connecting abandoned villages, their churches, barns and homes full of history.

Friday: Drive and shuttle. We’ll pick you up at the airport (before 10am) or hotel and drive Cameros where we’ll have a light lunch (not included) then get a couple of shuttles to make contact with the terrain. We’ll finish the ride at the hostel with a barbecue.

Saturday: Prepare your legs and… your camera. After breakfast we’ll load our bikes on the shuttle and part of the first killer climb. Shuttle will drop us at a nice old village from where we’ll do a short climb to the head of our first descend by one of the most beautiful rails of the weekend. Then we’ll clib short again to reach a limestone peak with great 360 vistas to other valleys from where we’ll start the longest descend of the day.

From here we’ll do the longest and hardest climb of the day to reach the third descent by alpine terrain passing by a village with a nice balcony with… more vistas, then our final descend of the morning to go back to the hostel for lunch.

In the afternoon the shuttle will drive us to the same initial village for a thrilling descend back to the hostel.

Sunday: Did you save energy? We’ll start with a demanding climb after breakfast passing by one of the villages and start our first descend of the day thrilling by a beech forest. Second climb and more descend over narrow singletrack to end on a creek with a haunting pond. Third climb and down stoping by the biggest abanoned village of the weekend before heading back to the hostel for lunch and back to Madrid.

During three days we’ll stick to the same plan on the weekend and will add a couple of days more to ride the trails on the van/ebike vídeo below but… on normal bikes! Let’s ride!!

Weekend 24-26 April, 2020

Week 02-07 June, 2020

Not the date you are looking for? Contact us and propose a new one, we’ll do our best.

You will stay at a old water mill restored as a rural hostel in San Román de Cameros, La Rioja. The hostel features rooms with comfortable new bunk beds, shared bathroom facilities, hot showers and a living room. Double rooms upgrades are available. The hostel is fully renewed.

This trip is perfect for mid level to expert mountain bikers looking for an adventurous weekend exploring the hidden trails of Spain.

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.

  • Flights
  • 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)

Arrive to Madrid the day before the trip or the same day before 10am. You will be picked up at a hotel (not included) close to Madrid-Barajas airport or the airport itself around 10am on Friday. We’ll be in touch before the trip to finalize details.

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.

Madrid-Barajas is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including well-timed direct flights from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Geneva, London, Lyon, Munich, Paris, Zurich… You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 6. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can come on your own! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The hostel serves typical Spanish food. Meals center around pork products, beans dishes and vegetarian dishes are also available.

Can my dietary needs be accommodated? Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

Weather is very pleasant in La Rioja. Temperatures range from 10 to 25 °C and it doesn’t rains often.

Pack your usual mountain biking equipment, as well as knee and elbow pads (the trails are rough), a light rain jacket, and a spare tube and other quick-fix repair items. You can borrow a helmet from your host if needed.

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