We offer week-long holidays on an all-inclusive basis for meals and drinks, with the transfer day being Saturday (unless otherwise stated). We aim to provide guiding and daily transfers to the area chosen for biking on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is usually a day to try one of the other local activities (such as canyoning or via ferrata), or a more relaxed outing. Or you could simply relax in our hot tub! Wednesday will also be the day you will have the opportunity to eat out in the evening and try the local cuisine.
Our aim is to provide you with a truly memorable holiday and with over nine years’ experience here we have been perfecting this to ensure that you have an amazing trip - Ian and Angela
What we do on our guided rides is up to you. We don’t set out with a specific plan at the beginning of the week. We tailor each weeks’ riding to the group’s desires and abilities and make use of the massive selection of trails available to us to ensure each group is well satisfied. We can also make use of chairlift uplift facilities to access some areas you wouldn’t normally get access to or to play on the downhill courses in the local ski stations.
We will make the best use of the massive variety of trails available to us in the Cerdagne and Capcir valleys to ensure that each day gives great riding and a different perspective on the area. Our aim is simply to take you somewhere you may not have found without us. We know the area inside out, where to stop for lunch, where the good views are, where the next drinks stop is.
Our mission is to use our local knowledge to guide you where you would never have guessed trails existed and to give you some idea of the massive variety on offer in this undiscovered area - Ian and Angela
All routes are mapped using MemoryMapTM electronic mapping and guiding is offered as a free service by Offroad Training Consultancy trained Guides.
We ride and recommend Scott Genius LT and Genius full suspension bikes. For the majority of trails that we ride these types of bike are ideal for your comfort and enjoyment. This does not mean that we see this as a minimum requirement however a good quality front suspension mountain bike should be.
Before coming on holiday we recommend that you have your bike serviced at your local specialist store to ensure that everything is in good working order. Although we have our own workshop your fellow riders will not thank you for delaying their riding whilst you service your bike. For minor repairs you will be welcome to use our workshop and for more major repairs we will arrange assistance through one of the nearby bike shops if possible.
We can assist with mechanics and bike setup. We have some spares available for purchase.
Travelling with your bike
So you want your pride and joy with you on holiday but you are nervous about travelling with it . Here are some tips.
A clean bike is always easier to dismantle and rebuild!
Get yourself some bubble wrap or use old clothes to put in between the frame and other parts.
Try to keep within the airline weight limit by not stuffing your bag/box with everything including the kitchen sink!
Put small parts ie bolts back on your bike as you dismantle it ensuring you don't loose them.
Below is a great video from our friends at BikeRadar clearly explaining the process. The only difference if you are using a cardboard box is that you don't normally have to remove the rear wheel as the bike should fit with it in place.
Altitude Adventure has joined forces with SCOTT Sports to promote the amazing summer and winter Scott product range. As passionate mountain professionals we are proud to be ambassadors for SCOTT Sports. Ian has a long history with the company, having been a founding member of the Scott distribution team in the UK, racer, race team manager, UK sales manager and part of the product development team at SCOTT headquarters in Switzerland.
In teaming up with SCOTT Sports we can provide you with the opportunity to test some of the best equipment in the mountains. We will be riding SCOTT Genius LT's on the summer trails which are the ultimate trail riding and bike park weapon. Our rental fleet are Scott Genius 740 bikes.
These bikes feature the totally re-designed frame optimized for 27.5" (650b) wheels. Its larger wheel size blends the benefits of the big wheel with 150mm travel. Our fleet are all equipped with Rockshox reverb dropper seatposts. The ultimate trail bike suitable for all mountain trail riding.
Bike rental price is 45€ per day, payable locally during for stay. For week long rentals we can offer 6 days for the price of 5. Mountain bike rental is only available for guests on guided rides.
PLEASE NOTE! We ask customers to bring their own pedals when renting our bikes.
To get the most out of your holiday we recommend that you should be capable of riding in arduous terrain for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Many of our rides are full day outings and can pass through some spectacular alpine terrain. This does not mean that we are trying to wear you out, we will ride to the ability of the group and ensure that you get the best from your holiday. Whilst riding we use our years of experience to help you improve your trail riding and we are always happy to run short skills sessions looking at specific aspects of our type of terrain. For example how to attack real world hairpins!
The type of mountain biking that we do make our routes of a reasonably high technical standard, therefore we are unable to recommend our holidays to beginners. To get the most out of our holidays we recommend that you should be happy riding mountainous natural singletrack and not just man made trail centre trails. For each type of trip that we offer there are more details in the introduction section.
The minimum age for participation in accompanied rides is 16. All riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We welcome family groups and will be happy to recommend family friendly cycling routes in this area for outings with younger children, or other activities and places to visit for non-cyclists.
If you are booking as a group we will tailor the rides to your groups ability or where possible split groups into differing ability levels. When booking please be honest about your ability level as this helps us to plan your weeks’ holiday better allowing you to get the most from our local trail knowledge.
You will be riding daily in a hot environment and we highly recommend that you use energy or hydrating drinks and carry energy bars. Unless your bike has a lot of bottle cages we would recommend that you carry a hydration pack with about a 2 litre capacity.
Carrying a pack also allows you to carry your other essential trail spares that we would expect you to have (tubes, pump, multi-tool, brake pads, food, waterproof jacket, spare clothes etc).
Please remember to bring a few different sets of riding clothing and a fully waterproof jacket as you will be riding in a high mountain environment. We do not recommend sleeveless riding tops, as they don’t offer much protection from the sun or rocks. We also recommend protective eyewear and full finger gloves for extra grip with sweaty hands. Knee pads, elbow pads and other protective clothing is a riders choice (except at bike parks where it is compulsory) however we (the guides) wear knee pads as a matter of choice as the rocks can be unforgiving. You have been informed!
Remember “No Helmet No Ride”; your helmet must be ANSI or Snell approved.
It is compulsory that all guests have their own travel insurance whilst on a holiday with Altitude Adventure. Mountain biking is an adventurous activity with inherent risks and in a mountain environment emergency evacuation and treatment is very expensive. We recommend that you take out adequate insurance cover and carry a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You will be asked to show your insurance documentation on arrival.
Ben Plenge for those of you not in the know is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the top fitness coaches in the business. Ben trains many of the UKs top young riders including Chris Hutchens, Veronique Sandler and Charlie Hatton amongst a host of top riders. As an integral part of the Enduro Training camp Ben organises the mornings warm up, the evening stretch session and daily talks on a variety of subjects from strength training to nutrition. Some of the best and most current training advice on the planet....
Rider protection normally used for racing is recommended. For these trips we recommend all riders have a high level of natural mountainous singletrack riding ability plus understanding of Bike Park riding and wear rider protection. Full face helmets and back protectors are obligatory in the bike parks. Trail riding protection is strongly advised for natural trail days. This trip is aimed at those already racing or those who wish to race Enduro.
Full face helmet recommended for when practice racing on the Enduro circuits
Come and join us riding in the spring sunshine on dry trails to give your season the perfect boost.
Profit from our extensive race experience in your preparation for the coming season. With Angela having over ten years racing experience on the XC world cup circuit and Ian having raced at a World cup level in both XC and DH, plus having been the Scott UK team manager for 10 years you can gain hugely from our knowledge base.
Ben from The Mountain Bike Strength Factory is one of the best fitness and strength coaches in the business. He will be giving evening talks on physical preparation, fitness and strength training, nutrition and much more.
We know the local Enduro scene as well as anyone as we still race in the the Catalan Enduro series, the MaxiAvalanche and the Regional Enduro Trophy series. We spend the week riding on two of the local Gravity Enduro race circuits used in the Pyrenean Championships and on other carefully selected trails sure to get your speed and flow going.
Not sure if this is the right area to get yourself up to speed? This is the region where some of the fastest Flying Frenchies from the Enduro World Series live and train, so expect those Strava KOM's to be hard to get. On the other hand what better way to see how you are progressing!
Friday. Arrrive Barcelona airport. Pickup and transfer to "the Mouli"
Saturday. Acclimatisation day on the local trails. Expect long descents with lots of technical riding. Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
Sunday. Switch countries to Spain for some classic Enduro trails in the sun. Only a short drive but well worth it! Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
Monday. Video analysis day. We will ride a series of Enduro trails and video critical sections to help you improve your trail flow. Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
Tuesday. The Pain Train.... Need we say more. Fun and frolics to put the pressure on! Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
Wednesday. Some loooong drops to work on that endurance. Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
Thursday. Mini Enduro. Shuttle runs with some timed sections to spice things up :) Stretching session. Evening talk by Ben.
What a week, frankly one of the best experiences I've had since starting mountain biking. The Enduro training week proved the perfect blend of fun, holiday, testing trails and a great group. Attitude Adventure put together a week of trails and slick organisation, that I am still getting the buzz from. Ben at MTB Strength Factory proved the icing on an already great cake. His pre-ride flexibility sessions, energy and passion on the rides, pre-dinner stretch sessions (a real benefit and always a laugh) and after dinner talks about energy management, recovery, nutrition etc. I found massively insightful. I would not only recommend this week to anyone who is serious about Enduro racing, but I have already reserved a place next year. Great stuff, well done. - Keven
Depending on flight times it is sometimes possible to ride on the arrival or departure day.
Wednesday is a day off from guiding. Clients are welcome to make the most of our home "Enduro" tracks, built by ourselves and waymarked for your pleasure right behind our base at "The Mouli" or you can use the day as an opportunity to try canyoning, via ferrata or just relaxing in one of the local hot springs!
10% discount for bookings of 8 or more riders.
From 2018 onwards the format for our "Adventure Trails" trips have changed a little. We have taken the best of the old "Adventure Trails" and blended it with the best of the old "Gravity Enduro" trips to bring you this new and awesome format. Enough climbing to remind you that you are "trail riders" but with more uplift than before to get even more value from the incredible trail network and mountains that we have available to us. Not a shuttling holiday, just more access to bigger and better descents!
This area which takes in the Cerdagne and Capcir valleys is singletrack heaven and lends itself perfectly to classic trail riding with about 400km of marked VTT trails and endless unmarked trails - that's where our local knowledge comes in. We live here permanently and work with the locals on developing the trail network. We know routes to suit everyone from short steady rides to epic downhill adventures adventures. Due to the shape of the valleys and the height of the plateau we have an amazing variety of trails on offer, from singletrack descents of awesome proportions, alpine bike parks and all day rides which are truly epic. With singletrack descents of over 20km available to play on, you are sure to finish every day with a huge grin.
We tailor each week to the group's desires and capabilities. To get the most out of our trips we recommend that a good standard of mountain biking skills in natural rocky singletrack terrain is needed. An ability to comfortably ride red and black Welsh and Scottish trail centre trails is good, but we are riding natural singletrack! You should be comfortable riding all day for multiple days to get the most out of your trip. This venue is not ideal for beginner riders.
We recommend that riders wear knee pads as a minimum on the descents as the trails are rocky! other protection is at the riders discretion.
What we do on our guided rides is up to you. We use our transport to give you the most "funtime" we can riding a selection of the best trails in our local area. We don’t set out with a specific plan at the beginning of the week. We will make the best use of the massive variety of trails available to us to ensure that each day gives great riding and a different perspective on the area. Our aim is simply to take you somewhere you may not have found without us. We know the area inside out, where to stop for lunch, where the good views are, where the next drinks stop is. Whilst on the trails we often use our years of experience to help clients improve their riding skills in real world situations. For example if you would like to know how to really attack hairpins/switchbacks then we have the knowledge and trails to help you perfect them.
To give a flavour of what is on offer below are details of a few of our favourites.
The Madre Madness
The definitive "all mountain" epic. To give you an idea of the locals’ view of this mountain, the Madre translates as "the murderer". To us it provides an all-day ride of epic proportions. Climbing 700m on both fire road and mountain singletrack (with a couple of portages thrown in for good measure) gets us to the summit of the Madre at 2469m. An exciting "passage" gives us access to the lunch spot with incredible 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and all the way down to the Mediterranean. We then start the 25km of trail back down into the valley with over 2200m of descent to reach Olette. The trail varies from rock strewn mountainside to buff flat out singletrack on an old packhorse trail and really is something not to be missed.
Circuit of the Galbe
A classic big mountain day which defines the term "Mountain Biking". This ride has it all. Fantastic scenery, a big climb and an amazing 1100m singletrack descent. We start at the Ski station of Formigueres and climb up and over the Serra de Mauri (2412m) before descending to a well-earned coffee stop at the beautiful Refuge de Camporells. Another climb then leads to the famous Estany de Diable (the devils lake) where we stop for lunch and then start our descent. 1100m of the finest mountain singletrack you will ever ride leads us back down to the valley floor and a well-deserved beer at the bar in Formigueres to finish. An epic day out!
The Border Crossing
Possibly the hardest one-day ride you will ever do! A true epic in every sense, the border crossing starts with a very tough two hour climb followed by a portage to reach the summit of the highest mountain on the border ridge (Puigmal 2910m). That is the easy part done, now for the descent. 2000m of all mountain trail descent to test even the best riders’ bike handling skills and nerve. The trail descends for 23km back into France passing the famous mountain sanctuary of Nuria before plunging into the ravine of Llo. After approximately 3 hours of descending we bottom out at the town of Saillagouse for a well-earned beer and a van transfer back to the Mouli. Due to the nature of the descent which is at least extreme and more, we do not offer this trail to everybody.
The Border Crossing 2 Aka "The Ying and the Yang"
This trail has rapidly become our firm favourite. Only accessible when the telecabine at La Molina is working it is well worth the effort. After a spectacular uplift to 2400m we crank up the last 150m under our own steam and at this altitude and steepness this small section packs a punch. That done the stunning view from the summit of the Tossa De Alp makes it all worthwile and the knowledge of what is to come gets the adrenaline pumping. From here we fly down an ever changing trail of your fantasies. Plummeting and flowing towards the valley floor 15km below with 2000m of drop gives you plenty of time to reflect on the majesty of the mountains we are in. But just remember, it is always better to be stopped when you are admiring the scenery to avoid becoming part of it!
The Descent To Olette
Check out the video of this descent below.
This is the classic local ride with our own special trail added on to make it even better. We start the ride from "the Mouli" crossing the valley to Mont Louis and then climbing up through the Commando firing range (keep your head down!!). Once up we stop for lunch with a spectacular view across the valley towards the border ridge, before starting the descent. What a trail! The descent starts at just shy of 2000m at the Serre de Clavera and we drop 1400m (about 12km) all on amazing singletrack (including our own cleared trail named 007 as it is a well kept secret) to finish at the bar in Olette. This is a favorite of everyone and people come back again and again just to ride it.
Named after one of the local Pyrenean semi-wild sheepdogs which took a liking to one of our friends (if you know what I mean), this trail cruises up hill and down dale through some stunning scenery giving a 3ish hour ride on trail which leaves you amazed at its quality. A steady climb from the village of Angoustrine gets you up to the start of the first descent which is a technical affair weaving its way down through rounded granite boulders until your arms are as pumped as your legs. You pop out into the village of Dorres with its Roman hot baths before starting a challenging singletrack climb to the “Chapel de Santa Maria”, perched in a beautiful location overlooking the Cerdagne valley. From here we cruise on some wild singletrack past ancient farmsteads to the top of the descent down to La Tour de Carol on the pass to Andorra. This descent is a mixture of hairpins and flowing trail letting you really open it up. When we hit the bottom we pick up one of the many irrigation canals that traverse the hillsides for some exciting riding back to the awaiting van.
The Cami Ramader
Once the drovers way up the valley of Evol this trail now offers an incredible one hour, seat of you pants descending trail. The "Cami Ramader" is just the last piece of this big day out which features big climbs, amazing scenery and a heap of singletrack. We normally run this trail from an uplifted start to reduce the climbing required from 2 hours to 1, but it is still a beast of a day out and worth every ounce of sweat!
The Roca Foradada
The Roca Foradada translates from Catalan to "the rock with a hole in it ". On this day we jump in the vans for a quick hop over the border into Spain and head up into the Sierra de Cadi range. A change of rock gives us scenery made up of huge limestone cliffs littered with old drovers and miners trails. A climbing start gets us warmed up for a fun rolercoaster trail to and past "The Roca Foradada" then under the spectacular headwall of the "Cadi". The second part of the day traverses under the cliffs climbing to our high point before we connect into the highlight of the day. Over an hour of undulating then descending singletrack sees us flying along one of the spurs coming out from the main cliff and descending back down to the town of Bellver over 1000m below.
These are just a few of the trails you might try in any one week. There are many more on offer - we estimate we could ride for 3 weeks without repeating a trail!