AINSA ENDURO MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAY
Escape the winter with our Ainsa Enduro mountain bike holiday. Enjoy some hidden Pyrenees magic as well as the now famous World Enduro trails in Zona Zero. We have been guiding in Zona Zero longer than anyone and know the secrets to make sure that you get the most mountain biking using our unlimited van shuttles. We climb around 5000m and descend around 12,000m on this intense winter mountain bike holiday. If you want to ride the famous Zona Zero trails with the best guides, enjoy our fantastic picnics and get some winter sunshine then this is the mountain bike holiday for you.
“What can I say, I was blown away!”Nick (via TripAdvisor)
Are you looking to escape the winter and ride some fantastic mountain bike trails in the Pyrenees, with around 50 – 60% uplift? Look no further! Our Ainsa Enduro mountain bike holiday is the perfect way to escape your muddy or snowy trails and enjoy a fantastic mountain bike holiday, riding the foothills of the Pyrenees where the winters are crisp and dry. Using our vans for uplifts we will ride some of the best trails in and around Zona Zero (Ainsa), made famous by the Enduro World Series in 2016 and 2018. basqueMTB have been riding in this area longer than anyone and nobody knows this area better than us. Using our van we can show you the best trails in the Zona Zero, with plenty of uplift, as well as the surrounding trails that few people ever visit.
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AINSA ENDURO MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAY DETAILS
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: What’s Included
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- Breakfasts + 2 Packed Lunches
- 6 Days Guiding
- Transfers from Barcelona Airport
- Small Groups of 6, occasionally 7
- Local Guides
- All Shuttles and Van support
“Perfect guiding, perfect company in perfect surroundings on perfect trails, simply cannot wait to go back”Pete (UK)
Ainsa / Zona Zero
Ainsa is home to Zona Zero, a natural trail center, sitting in the southern foothills of the Pyrenees, and is regularly touted as one of the best areas in Spain for mountain biking. The climate is very dry with over 300 sunny days a year, and winters are generally dry with cold nights which give way to cool days. Typically we would expect to start the day with a warm jacket and by 10:30am be riding in short sleeves. The mountain biking in Zona Zero is fantastic with long, flowing singletrack descents with plenty of variety. BasqueMTB have been involved with Zona Zero since it´s start and are official guides for the area. No other company has so much experience guiding in this area and with our local connections you will really see the best the area has to offer in a way you never could by yourself. We use our vans to link up the best trails, and usually some local secrets, letting you see the best of the area during your weeks holiday.
Surrounding Ainsa, the Pyrenees offer a whole range of fantastic mountainbiking which, sadly, most of the mountain bikers who travel to ride the trails in Zona Zero never see. The aim of this holiday is to use Zona Zero as a base and explore many of these trails. We aim to ride around 3 to 4 days within the Zona Zero area and another 2 to 3 days outside the main area, meaning you get to see the best of the area and get the biggest variety of trails possible.
All of our mountain bike holidays in Spain are focussed on riding the best singletrack for your group. All our weeks are tailored to the guests and during the booking process we will discuss your requirements and make sure you are put in with a suitable group. Having groups with similar levels is key to our mountain bike holidays and something we spend a lot of time sorting before you arrive.
We rate our holidays for fitness and skill levels and, to find out more about how we do this and an overview of the grades we use, check out our mountain bike holiday skills and fitness guide.
Each week we aim to run two groups with a guide, driver, van and trailer each to allow people to choose the group which best suits their level.
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: Technical Level
The terrain on our High Pyrenees mountain bike holiday is really only suited for high intermediate to expert. The terrain on this holiday will generally be rough with plenty of rocks and long, technical descents. We will also be riding many trails from the Enduro World Series.
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: Required Fitness
A good level of fitness is required although we will use around 60% van uplift to help with the climbs. Some climbs will be sustained and technical and some days my require some pushing or carrying of the bike. This is the most physically demanding of our mountain bike holidays.
Through the week we will descend around 12,000m and climb around 5000m..
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: ARRIVAL
For our Ainsa Enduro mountain bike holiday we need you to arrive to Barcelona airport. We pick up there at 14:00 on the Saturday so you need to arrive before 13:00.
If you are coming by car then you can drive directly to Ainsa and we can help with instructions for that if you contact us.
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: DEPARTURE
We will get you back to Barcelona airport for around 12:00 on the last Saturday. You can arrange a flight from around 13:00 onwards.
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: TRANSFERS
We organise transfer using a local bus company. The owner is a friend and helped start the Zona Zero mountain bike area so this is our way of making sure we put as much into the local area as possible. There is plenty of space for bags and bikes.
Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holiday: Accommodation
For this trip we will be staying in appartments right in the center of Ainsa. The high standard of our accommodation is something that people usually comment on
All accomodation has secure bike storage, WiFi 5 nights, clothes washing facilities and a small kitchen.
We pride ourselves on the high quality of eating that you will experience on our mountain bike holidays! We love to eat and also enjoy trying the good wines and we relish the chance to share the great traditional Spanish places that we have found with our guests. We can’t guarantee that you will lose weight on our trips!
Lunches will cost around €5-10 each day and dinners will cost from €10 to €25 each night.
Here are some of the questions we are regularly asked about our mountain bike holidays. If you have any questions we are delighted to answer them, just get in touch.
“Why Choose Winter To Run These Trips?
There are a few reasons. We try and choose the right time for each trip: the Basque Coast when the summer heat comes, The High Pyrenees in Autumn before the snow comes and the Backcountry Pyrenees in Spring when the temperatures are nice. What the guides at BasqueMTB do during winter though is typically ride down in the southern foothills of the Pyrenees. The trails there stay dry and it´s generally sunny with cold nights and cool to mild days. We think that this is perfect biking weather and we think that there are many people it would appeal to. These trails are way too hot in summer but in winter they are generally in perfect condition and the snow capped Pyrenees mountains offer the perfect backdrop to your mountain bike holiday! You could even take a day skiing in the middle of the week if you wanted!
Do you have an itinerary for your Ainsa Enduro Mountain Bike Holidays?
We don’t have set itineraries for any of our mountain bike holidays, we believe that the trails should be matched to the guests. We know weeks and weeks worth of riding in these areas and each day we will be selecting trails to match what you are looking for. Here is an indication of how these trips have worked in the past though and if you would like to read some reports from previous trips with guests comments you can read a holiday report here.
I don’t want to do a week’s mountain bike holiday, can I do a shorter break?
Unfortunately for our Ainsa Enduro holidays we can’t offer shorter tours unless you organise your own transfers.
What are the group sizes on a typical mountain bike holiday?
Our Ainsa Enduro mountain bike holidays run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. Up to 6 guests we would operate with one van and trailer and either one or two guides depending on the make up of the group. There would always be the option of adding another guide if we needed to split the group up. With 7 or more guests we would run with two vans, two drivers and two guides. Some days we don´t need the drivers and they would be acting as back markers.
My partner doesn’t mountain bike but would like to join our holiday, is this possible?
This is a focused mountain bike holiday and isn’t really suitable for non-bikers. We would really recommend our Basque coast mountain bike holidays, near San Sebastian, if you want to come with non biking partners.
What is the weather like in that part of Spain?
The weather in the Spanish Pyrenees allows year round mountain biking. In winter the days are generally cold, however the skies are generally clear and this is a very dry part of Spain with around 330 days of sunshine a year. You should expect temperatures around freezing over night with temperatures rising to around 15ºC during the day. Typically days start with a warm top on and by ten or eleven in the morning we are riding in short sleeves.
What bike / tyres / brake pads do you recommend for this part of Spain?
To try and make this subject a bit interactive we have a facebook page dedicated to this. Please have a look here, (and we always appreciate people liking our page!).
5 REASONS TO BOOK THE AINSA ENDURO MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAY
Our Ainsa Enduro bike holiday is a a single center trip taking in the best of the Zona Zero (Ainsa) area of the Pyrenees. This is a great playground from November to March when it is cold but dry. A lot of the trails here are marked however what basqueMTB offer is a way of linking up the trails using uplifts through the week so you can enjoy 6 days of the best riding possible in the area. We also take two days to show you some of the amazing mountain biking just outside Zona Zero, areas few visitors get to. It is quite an intense mountain bike holiday, the perfect way to keep your fitness and technique sharp over winter. If you like the idea of a single centre holiday over winter, riding amazing singletrack in an area which has hosted the EWS twice now, this could be the mountain bike holiday for you!
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