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

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Well behaved riders!

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My visitor from Holland left this morning. It's been fun guiding him this past week and we both learned some new things. He's an endurance athlete so climbing wasn't a problem for him. I was thankful for the technical climbs that gave me a bit of an advantage over him :-)

Our last ride took us up to the Partara view point which sits at 859m. Approx 300m higher than the town of Ainsa below it. It's quite a tough little climb, a bit technical in places, but not too long - and the view makes it all worthwhile.

Now I'm looking forward to a weekend of exploring on my own before the next sessions starts . . . .

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The final climb and descent of the day . . . .

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Got a call yesterday from a guy in Zaragoza that I guided a couple of weeks ago and am now friends with.

He wants to come back to Zona Zero with a cycling buddy from his cycling club and for me Guide them both around the trails we did last time, and maybe a new one . . . .

References / Referrals from "satisfied customers" are absolutely essential to any business, and equally importantly, they make me feel good and give me confidence that I'm doing all the right things.

Onwards and Upwards! :-)
 
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Great ride with my friends Patrick and Lesley this morning - it was a hot day but the light breeze made it manageable. The Pena Montenesa watching over us as usual.

Then back to Boltana for a nice roast dinner prepared by Mrs Bonus.

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All the mountain villages here in Zona Zero have a "fuente" - a drinking water point where you can drink and re-fill bottles.

Perfect for hot days.

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Tonight Stage 4 of the "Transpyr Coast to Coast Pyrenean Stage Race" finishes in Ainsa.

The riders have another 3 stages to ride before they finish in Hondarribia on Saturday evening.

The race stats for a week of riding are impressive - 1035km, with 21385m of climbing and descending (The race starts at the finishes at sea level - just two different "seas"!)

There are two versions of the race - an MTB version and a Road version.

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Back in May I guided a guy from Zaragoza for a few days. He had such a good time that we're now friends and last week he came back for some more guiding.

Repeat customers / referrals from happy customers are important when you're starting out with any business, and when it's a service like this that is very personalised, even more so.

Rodneys request this visit was for a XC ride plus he wanted to see some abandoned villages - there are lots of them here in the mountains. I put together a 50km XC ride with just over 1000m of climbing/descending.

We had a good time - he knew he'd ridden in the mountains by the end of it - and I'm sure he'll be back for some more :-)

We started our ride on the outskirts of the Village of Janovas.

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