For non-active days or just something different there is plenty to see and do:
The Catalan region can be explored by means of the famous “Petit Train Jaune”. This mountain railway (the highest electrified train in Europe) runs the length of the Cerdagne, from Villfranche de Conflent to Latour de Carol, with stops at many places of interest. As a spectacular journey in its own right it is hard to beat.
At nearby Mont Louis see the suns power harnessed and used in ways you wouldn’t believe possible. The Grand Four Solaire of Odeillo is worth a visit.
Park Animalier des Angles
On the edge of the village of Les Angles is an animal park specialising in the local species, including Bears, Wolves, Bison, Deer and various types of mountain antelope.
Gorges de la Caranca
These nearby incredibly narrow gorges offer a great walk using narrow bridges, ladders and aerial walkways to negotiate the chasm.
The area is famous for its thermals where the water comes out of the ground at 40 degrees. For a relaxing day or session why not try out one of the local spas or search out your own mountainside pool (we know of 3 "wild hot springs").
Locally, Font Romeu has some good outdoor shops and clothing boutiques, or you could venture further afield to Puigcerda just across the border in Spain. A day trip to Andorra to take advantage of its tax free shopping is great for those looking for a bargain.
Historical Sites of Interest
At the foot of the valley is the fortified town of Villefranche-de-Conflent. It is well worth an afternoon especially if you combine it with a meal in one of the local restaurants. It also has some show caves worthy of a visit. If we are not in a hurry we sometimes stop here for a café on the way to or from the airport.
There are many local ancient churches to explore and for those with their own transport the amazing city of Barcelona is a good trip.
If you need treatment or just fancy treating yourself, then we can arrange appointments during your stay. This could help with current injuries or weakness but can also prevent injury and improve recovery time to get the most out of your mountain activity holiday.
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. The perfect partner for our trails!
Bike rental price is 55€ per day, payable locally during for stay. 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
Jeremy Wright gets an insider guide from Altitude Adventure to the little known Neiges Catalanes in the French Pyrenees... " The real beauty was in having such knowledgeable hosts. Whether pounding down the longest off-piste route in the Pyrenees at the Espace Cambre D'Aze, relaxing with a flask of hot chocolate and rum in natural hot springs, or searching for wolf tracks as we snowshoed behind the hotel, we always felt we were being let into a special, secret world."
"Unlocking a secret world" by The Daily Express
Mouli del Riu, 66210, St Pierre dels Forcats, France.