Nati, the Stray Puppy, Finds a Home!
Nati turned up on the terrace at Pure Mountains one evening, earlier this summer. She was just a young puppy: about eight weeks old and covered in ticks and fleas.
It turned out that a nearby farmer had got her to be a guard dog, but decided that she was unsuitable.
Nati stayed with us for a few weeks and turned out to be a real sweethart. Through the wonder of Facebook, a lovely family in the UK decided to adopt her and she is now happily living in Liverpool.
2018 Schedule of Mountain Bike Trips Published
We've just published our 2018 schedule of mountain bike trips. You can see all the dates and prices here.
The trips are based at Pure Mountains' rustic-luxe farmhouse in Spain's Sierra Nevada and include:
Pure Mountains Trip Blog, by Andy
If you would like to get a taste of the Pure Mountains experience, have a look at recent guest Andy's blog.
Andy and Heidi are experienced mountain bikers from Colorado, USA who are currently resident in Rome.
New Short Film: Pure Mountains by Drone
Last November, Chris Davies from Eastwood Media came to ride at Pure Mountains with some friends and a drone.
He's put together this 90 second film, which gives a fantastic flavour of the trails and the famhouse. We hope you like it!
SOLD. For sale: 2016 Canyon Spectral AL 7.0. Size L.
We have one 2016 Canyon Spectral AL 7.0 bike for sale. Colour vertical green / copper. Size large. See photos of the actual bike here.
The bike has been meticulously maintained by our in-house mechanic.
The new price was €2699. Sale price €1700 / £1445, plus €50 / £50 delivery.
Contact us if you're interested.
2017 Schedule of Mountain Bike Trips Now Online
All of our mountain bike trips for the rest of 2016 are fully booked, except for a couple of spots on the very last trip of the year: a four night extra long weekend runing from 26 to 30 November. Get in touch if you fancy a bit of late-season, Mediterranean biking.
Mountain Biking Trip to Northern Spain
The Perfect Mountain Biker's Breakfast
Napoleon Bonaparte said that an army marches on its stomach.
Fellow Frenchman, Frederic, clearly feels that the same is true of mountain bikers. He was a big fan of breakfast on the terrace at the Pure Mountains farmhouse during his recent stay. Thanks for the photo, Fred!
New Short Video: Riding the Valley of Death in Spain
Give us 2 minutes and 35 seconds of your time and we'll give you singletrack heaven...
Exmoor, UK Mountain Bike Weekend, Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July 2016.
Join us for a weekend of beautiful scenery, fantastic trails and camping fun on Exmoor in July next year.
2015 CANYON SPECTRALS FOR SALE
Update 9.1.16: only one bike, size L left
The perfect all-round mountain bike at a great price.
Iron Bike 2015. Report by Tim - Pure Mountains founder and guide
Jenny and I are recovering in a tiny medieval village inland from the Italian Riviera after Iron Bike 2015. This is a race billed as: 'The hardest mountain bike raid in the world'.
I rode and Jenny took care of everything else - God bless her. After getting the prized (and very ugly) finisher's T shirt last year, this year's race was about getting as high up the rankings as possible though this would risk not finishing at all.
Mountain Bike Racing Rules!
Team Pure Mountains have been off racing their mountain bikes recently.
First up was a 30km XC race in our little local town, Cádiar. It was great fun to race on trails that we knew inside out. Jenny won the women's race and an enormous, quirky trophy, made by the local blacksmith.
We’ve been running our Monday night #MTBMonday Twitterchats for nearly three years, and after much deliberation, we’ve decided it’s time to hang up the cleats.
July Short Trips at Pure Mountains
July is a wonderful time of year for a Pure Mountains holiday. We're running two short trips: Thursday 2 to Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 to Tuesday 14 July. It's the perfect getaway before the school break.
Andalucia Bike Race Package, February 2016.
We have run a special Andalucía Bike Race package for the last few years and 2015 was the best yet.
My First Mountain Bike Stage Race: Costa Blanca Bike Race 2015
I live and work surrounded by mountain bike nuts. I am a mountain bike nut. So how come I had never done a stage race?
Become an #MTBMonday twitterchat sponsor!
#MTBMonday takes place every Monday evening at 8pm UK time on Twitter. Each week we host a chat based around a different mountain biking topic. Anybody can join in by tweeting with the hashtag #MTBMonday.
Two Exciting Trips in Early 2015: A Special Winter Weekend and The Andalucía Bike Race
Escape the winter gloom and ride your bike in the south of Spain.
Jenny Starts Costa Blanca Bike Race Training with E3 Coaching
Pure Mountains guide, Jenny, has signed up for the Costa Blanca Bike Race in January 2015, in a mixed pair with guide Tim. As she hasn't done a stage race before, she decided she needed some expert training help.
AWARD-WINNING ENDURO BIKES FOR SALE : 2014 CANYON SPECTRAL AL 9.0 EX, 27.5”
Price £1800 GBP / €2250 Euros, including delivery in mainland Europe.
We are selling our 2014 fleet of Canyon Spectral AL 9.0 EX mountain bikes.
2015 Schedule of Trips Published
People have been asking and we've been slaving over a hot spreadsheet. Finally, we've published our 2015 schedule of trips.
5 December 2014 Extra Long Weekend, No Single Supplement
Extend your riding season by joining us for a few days' riding the Sierra Nevada in December.
This four night, three day trip is based at the cosy, family-run Hotel Los Bérchules.
Iron Bike 2014
The most extraordinary 8 days racing of my life. By Tim.
Our Skills for Women coach, Katy Curd, is World Champion!
Katy Curd, who coaches on our twice-yearly Skills for Women courses, won the 4X world championships in Austria last weekend. Imagine what she could teach you to do on your bike!
#MTBMonday Twitterchat Goes from Strength to Strength
#MTBMonday happens on Twitter every Monday evening at 8pm UK time. Each week there is a different mountain biking topic and anyone can join in by tweeting with the hashtag #MTBMonday.
La Rioja Bike Race
Next week Tim is off to La Rioja Bike Race, a three day stage race in the famous wine region of northern Spain.
Nice Norwegian Video
Morten and his friends from Norway came for an early-season week in March.
Andalucia Bike Race 2014
We're back from our annual race around Andalucia and the boys done good.
Enduro in 2014
This year, we at Pure Mountains are embracing the Enduro phenomenon.
Pure Mountains #MTBMeetup Special Offer
If you're looking forward to the Twitter-inspired #MTBMeetup at Coed y Brenin trail centre in Wales on 1 February, why not join us for another in Spain?
New! Hiking With Our Visiting Hiking Guide, 5-12 July & 17-22 July 2014
Expertly-guided hiking is now on offer on selected trips. So, if your non-riding friend / loved one likes mountain walking, he / she can join you for an active holiday, too. Of course riders can join the hikers for a day, if they fancy it.
Stage Racing 2014
Stage racing is going to be the theme of 2014 for the Pure Mountains' guides.
Our Micro Brewery is 1!
The Pure Mountains Micro Brewery is celebrating its first birthday. At the beginning of last year, we decided to brew our own real ale and jumped in at the deep end with the full-mash brewing technique
#MTBMonday Twitterchat Goes from Strength to Strength
#MTBMonday happens on Twitter every Monday evening at 8pm UK time.
Book Your 2014 Trip Now!
All our 2014 holidays are now available for booking.
Join #MTBMonday Twitterchat on 18.11.13 and Win a Coaching Session
There's a great prize available for one lucky twitterer on our next #MTBMonday chat.
Skills for Women, Coaching Holidays with Katy Curd
In May and September 2014 we're running special women's skills coaching trips.
2013 Hire Bikes For Sale
We have three 2013 ex-hire bikes for sale: two Giants and a Canyon.
Our weekly #MTBMonday twitterchat is changing.
A couple of weeks ago, we were discussing accidents and injuries, when @brokenriders, purveyors of fine clothing for bike-lovers, offered a prize of a bamboo T shirt for the funniest tweet. The winner was @Mattmbr for this gem:
2014 Schedule Published
Our 2014 schedule of mountain bike trips is now up on the website.
Pure Mountains Becomes a Canyon Test Station
We are delighted to announce that Pure Mountains is now a Canyon Test Station. As such, we are offering a fleet of high-end Canyon bikes for you to hire for your holiday.
Andalucía Bike Race Package, 21 Feb to 1 March 2014. Book now!
Entries are now open for the 2014 Andalucia Bike Race. It's a six day, mountain bike stage race for pairs and it's fantastic.
Andalucía Bike Race Package, 21 Feb to 1 March 2014.
We're getting very excited as it's nearly time to register for the Andalucía Bike Race, a fantastic, six day, mountain bike race for pairs.
Enduro Racing is Fun!
Last weekend, Team Pure Mountains headed off to Cercedilla, in the hills near Madrid, for our first ever enduro format race.
Now we see why enduro is all the rage. It's fantastic!
Join the #MTBMonday Twitterchat, 15 July. Topic: 1x11 Gears
Next week will be the last #MTBMonday of term and we’re discussing 1x11 drivetrains; are they the future?
New Short Film, "Welcome to Pure Mountains"
In 2012 we decided that we'd like to make a professional-quality promo film. We approached UK-based production company, Maia Media, who specialise in making outdoor adventure films.
They came over to Pure Mountains in May this year to make the film, which you can see here.
We hope that you like it and that it inspires you to visit us in the Sierra Nevada.
Singletrack and Wild Flowers
This is an amazing time of year. Warm but with a cooling breeze, wildflowers everywhere and, as always, endless empty trails. Hard not to feel very lucky to live and ride here.
Pure Mountains Film with and Maia Media
We're making a promotional video here at PM towers with the brilliant Maia Media team. We're hoping to showcase the best of our trails along with the rest of the Pure Mountains package and we're into final editing so....watch this space.
Heavy Horse Makes Way For Black Goat
Here at Pure Mountains, we brew our own real ale, for you to enjoy at the farmhouse.
There are still a few bottles of Heavy Horse left in the store, and the new batch of Black Goat is now ready to drink. Glug.
Bizarre April Weather
We had 20cm of snowfall last night - a winter wonderland. In April! All nearly gone now but the dogs loved it whilst it lasted.
Bike Girls, July & September 2013
Do you fancy a mountain bike trip with like-minded female riders?
Have a look at the Bike Girls trips which run for five nights from 12 July and 13 September 2013.
We're running these trips in association with Loeka, the Canadian women's bike apparel brand. Each rider will receive a special Pure Mountains / Loeka jersey like this, absolutely free.
Tricky Trails, 21 to 26 March, Spaces Left!
We still have some places on the Tricky Trails trip, 21-26 March. If you're an experienced trail rider looking for an early-Spring challenge, it could be just the thing for you.
On this one-off, five night trip, you'll tackle our most challenging trails, all crammed into four days' riding. There will be plenty of rocky, choppy descents as well as classic flowing singletrack, testing climbs and the occasional uplift to the trail head.
Andalucía Bike Race
We're off to Andalucia Bike Race this weekend, with four teams of racers. It's a mountain bike stage race where riders race in teams of two.
It's going to be a huge event: six days; 600 riders; many mountains to climb and to descend. We're all very excited, but slightly scared too. We'll be posting daily updates on Facebook and Twitter, so you can follow our ups and downs.
Giant Trance XO 2012 Bikes For Sale
We're selling our 2012 hire bikes.
These Giant Trance XOs are great XC / trail full-suspension mountain bikes.
Bikes: In With The New, Out With The Old
The first of our new 2013 hire bikes have arrived.
13 December XL Weekend Offer
Grab yourself a last minute bargain! Join our Extra Long Winter Weekend from 13 to 17 December 2012, with 10% off.
Skills Coaching Trip with Neil Donoghue, 17 to 22 April, 2013
The Pure Mountains / Neil Donoghue skills coaching trip at the beginning of October was a big hit. So, we've invited him back to run another one next year.
Awesome Autumn Trip Availability, 28 October 2012
There's still time to book your autumn bike holiday.We have some spaces left on the Epic Week starting 28 October 2012.
Andalucía Bike Race Trip, February 2013
We're running a trip around the brilliant, six-day Andalucía Bike Race from 22 February to 2 March 2013.
International Mountain Bike Magazine Article
"...the best four days riding I have ever experienced..". So said George Woodward of International Mountain Bike Magazine.
New! Skills Coaching Trip with Neil Donoghue, 4 October 2012
This autumn we'll have pro mountain biker, Neil Donoghue, sharing his secrets with you.
BIKE GIRLS, 28 July and 2 August 2012
This summer, Pure Mountains, in association with Minx-girl.com, are running two holidays that are just for women riders.
These trips are designed for experienced, competent mountain bikers looking to spend a few days riding exhilarating trails with a relaxed, friendly group.
Family Week, 22 to 29 August 2012
This summer, we're running a special Pure Mountains Family Week, from 22 to Wednesday 29 August. There will be loads to do...As well as mountain biking for the whole family (and all the chores taken care of) you can join in:
Epic Weeks 10, 20 & 30 June 2012. Video! Group Offers!
We still have some places left on the Epic Weeks starting 10, 20 and 30 June 2012.
Only 4 Places Left on Epic Week, 14 April 2012
Spring is a stunning time of year in the Sierra Nevada. There are just 4 places left on this Epic grade trip.
Off To Andalucía Bike Race!
Next week, team Pure Mountains will be racing in the Andalucía Bike Race. It's going to be huge.
Experts' Short Week, 23 May 2012
This year we've added an experts' trip to our schedule. This is one for the most accomplished riders as there will be four long, fast days of hard climbs and technical descents.
New Video : Descent to the Pure Mountains Farmhouse. Guest Appearance by Lucy the Dog.
Some beautiful winter sunshine gave us the chance to shoot this video of Tim riding in Pure Mountains' back garden.