Trail/Enduro riding - Great fun and good practice
I've just come back from a few days of trail riding in the mountains and foothills of the Pyranees on organised holiday..
2 full days of riding in awsome terrain with 1000's of miles of trails. Trails for all abilitys and skillsets. Full of technical hill climbs and drop offs and miles and miles of singletrack, fireroad and river beds etc.
Well, if your looking to improve your confidence and skills offroad then I cant recommend this type of riding enough.. I REALLY wish I did something like this before my trip.. I think I would of gone looking for the dirt and gravel more than worrying about it.
I've got a fair deal of riding experience and done some a fair few offroad overland milage but this experience has dramatically improved my confidence and skills on 2 wheels.... I think its a MUST for anyone a little nervous when the going gets rough. By the end of the trip I was FLYING on the WR450 doing things I thought only possible by the pro's.
Sure, riding enduro bikes is easier than dragging a packed up overlander around, but the skills and techniques are the same and there is a great deal of "crossover"
I used this company Go-Sun-Go: Off-Road Biking Holidays in Spain
but I WOULDNT use them again for this reason:
On the last day, our mates bike hit a rock put a hole in the radiator (a common thing) The company wouldnt/couldnt supply a spare bike, didnt have any spare parts or ways to repair anthing. They didnt refund his lost days riding and then charged us £25 for the repair job.
It left a bad taste but didnt detract too much from the AWSOME experience of mountain trail riding.
Get out there and do it
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