Had contacted Hike and bike prior to my trip as fancied doing some cycling in the area. They were incredibly helpful about the opportunities on offer, and the booking process was very simple via email / text / or phone.
We were collected from our accommodation by Heather and Wayne who drove us to the start of the ride and met up with us at the end. The bikes were excellent quality and condition. All necessary equipment provided gel seats covers, water, helmets, spare inner tube, emergency kit, maps etc.
Our first ride (Via Verde) was mostly downhill, and could be tackled by all ages and levels of fitness, and at your own pace. Any little ones in your group are welcome too on trailers. My 14 year old daughter who hasn't ridden much before, was a bit uncertain about the distance but she managed it well and really enjoyed it too.The scenery is absolutely spectacular. Although we did the ride in blazing 35 degree heat the breeze from the bike was refreshing and there are several lit tunnels to ride through which give an opportunity for a proper cool down every now and then. This seriously was the best 45 euros I have ever spent in my life. Needless to say I had to get another ride in before the end of my trip:)
I do a bit of road cycling back in the UK but have always fancied doing some off road stuff. Arranged with Wayne for us both to do a mountain bike skills lesson another day, where he patiently went through the basics of off road riding, balance/posture, use of brakes, gears, riding over obstacles and up and down steep inclines.
Following this we went out on a long, and very challenging ride in and around Ronda together. As well as pointing out all the wonderful sights along the way, he encouraged me to practice my new found mountain biking skills. I couldn't believe how much he taught me in one morning. It felt like such am accomplishment, and has given me the confidence to do more offroad riding. Wayne's reassuring calm manner, in depth knowledge, and cracking sense of humour were second to none.
What a super friendly couple, and a business that I'm sure will continue to thrive. All that remains is to plan my next trip :) :) :)
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