The Pyrenees - Road Riding, Mountain Biking & Enduro Riding…… and more!

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Bonus, 10 Dec 2018.

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    Bonus Über Member

    Location:
    Ainsa, Spain
    Yesterday we spent the day in Binefar (a town nearby) attending a First Aid course presented by the Red Cross.

    It's a 20hr course spread over three Saturdays and covers all the usual stuff. We've both done first aid courses before, but some things have changed a bit and you need to have an up to date certificate for your MTB guiding license to be valid.

    It's all in Spanish but we speak enough Spanish (and remember enough from previous courses) to follow it without any problems. The course instructor speaks a bit of English too, so anything important or new that we don't get, we can check with him.
     
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    Bonus Über Member

    Location:
    Ainsa, Spain
    Some time ago I explained how "Zona Zero", the 1000 odd kilometre network of MTB Trails that we live in the middle of, came into being. . . .

    A group of local business owners, working in conjunction with local councillors & authorities, realised that they needed to do something pro-active if they were to prevent their towns and villages from following the existing downward trend of declining business and de-population. . . .

    Their ideas have worked. The town of Ainsa and its surrounding villages all benefit from the income generated by visitors to Zona Zero. Roads & services to remote long-abandoned villages are being installed/re-installed and properties are being renovated & repaired. It's a big job and it's going to take some time to finish, but it is happening and we are a part of it!

    This article is in Spanish, but the high-lights are that it addresses the problems faced by people who live in remote areas of Aragon (the region we live in), suggests some methods of making life easier for those people and gives Zona Zero as a good example of what can be achieved.

    Great news for us all - and a testament to the hard work and devotion of the people who had the vision to come up with this and make their ideas a reality.

    https://www.heraldo.es/noticias/ara...U9_aCuLiO_EIZQX7Fk7s1HcIYL7eoHehMGjnX8kBB4hN8
     
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    Bonus Über Member

    Location:
    Ainsa, Spain
    There are several Zona Zero routes out of Ainsa - this one heads south up a trail that passes the Vultures Dining Room, heads up to the Partara viewing point and then down the Partara Express!.

    People rarely stop and look over their shoulders when they climb this trail, so they miss this view. Part of my job as a guide is to tell people when to stop and look behind them :-)

    #lovemyjob!

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