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Keeping it Light and Fast! Sixth Element News, February 2022

Tim Kirkus, founder and guide at Pure Mountains, featured in the latest newsletter from ace wheel-builders Sixth Element.

Enduro Mountainbike Magazine, December 2019

nduro Mountainbike Magazine, Europe's leading online MTB magazine, visted Pure Mountains in 2019.

"...a veritable riding paradise...guests enjoy great, homemade food, a laid-back atmosphere, excellent wine and the wealth of singletrack outside the door."

We had a great time riding with Felix and Sarah. You can read the write-up here in English and German.

Guardian Travel, July 2015

The UK's Guardian newspaper featured Pure Mountains in its Activity Holidays in Andalucía feature.

The Guardian, January 2015

The Guardian included Pure Mountains in their Top 10 Cycling Holidays in Europe.

Read the article here.

World of MTB Magazine, Germany, November 2013

Two journalists, Anna and Sissi and a photographer, Tommy, joined our Skills Coaching Trip with Neil Donoghue in Ocotober 2013. Click here to read the article they wrote for the German magazine, World of MTB (in German). blog, May 2013

"Q: Do you ever get bored of riding your bike?

A: No, that's the fun bit."

Pure Mountains is a member of, the origial business promoting responsible and eco travel.

They recently published an interview with Jenny, co-owner of Pure Mountains, as a Member's Story on their blog.

HappyMTB, Sweden, October 2012

Sweden's leading mountain bike website, HappyMTB, sent a reporter to Pure Mountains in September. He had a great time. Read his full report, in Swedish, here.

HappyMTB, Sweden, October 2012

Sweden's leading mountain bike website, HappyMTB, sent a reporter to Pure Mountains in September. He had a great time. Read his full report, in Swedish, here.

The National Newspaper, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's leading paper included Pure Mountains in their review of the world's top 10 cycling trips. Read the article here.

The Travel, August 2010

"If you are after a holiday with adrenalin, relaxation, great food and company, you can't do better than this."

Read Rachael Woolston's article about her Easy Going week here.

The Guardian, Travel, July 2010

Pure Mountains race trips were included in "Five Great Biking Challenges". See the great photo here!

The Sunday Times, Travel, May 2010

Pure Mountains' Easy Going trips were included in The Sunday Times' guide to 50 summer adventures.

"expect late starts, sumptuous picnic lunches, thrilling yet undemanding rides though the mountains and unlimited beer and wine."

FM4, Austria, December 2009

"unfailingly optimistic and understated...."

Read Christian Cummins' "Old Testament Thrills" here.

Guardian Review, May 2008

Cycling through the Sierra Nevada is surprisingly relaxing, when there's a support vehicle to deliver cold drinks and cakes"

"a big bed to sink into at the end of the day...someone else to organise everything from kit to maps to picnics"

The Guardian, May 2008. Read the full review of one of Pure Mountains' Easy Going holidays here.

Spain Magazine Articles, Feb 2006

A series of three articles about Pure Mountains were recently published in Spain magazine. You can download the December 2005 , January 2006 and February 2006 articles here.

Findra Inspiration, February 2021

We love Scottish brand, Findra. They design and male stylish, sustainable and versatile outdoor clothing for all of life’s adventures.

Jenny fom Pure Mountains featured in their February Inspiration slot. She told Findra and their loyal cutomers a bit about herself, her love of the outdoors and shared her favourite painting (Picasso's Guernica) and song (Despacito, natch!).

You can read the article here.

Emerald MTB, June 2019

Emerald MTB is all about Mountain Biking in Ireland. It emphasises riding bikes with friends, having fun and inspiring readers to ride more and to discover new locations.

Pure Mountains was featured in their round-up of the Best Mountain Bike Holiday Destinations in Spain:

"Stay in their rustic-luxe farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The typical 5-night stay mixes four days of trail and backcountry riding, starting from the front door, with challenging climbing and demanding descents."

Total Women's Cycing, May 2015

"Nestled above Granada, just three hours from Málaga lies one of Europe's best kept secrets - a network of incredible natural singletrack nestled within the Sierra Nevada mountain range."

The website that covers all things of interest to female riders visited Pure Mountains in May 2015. Read their write-up here.

Wideopen UK Bike Magazine, June 2014

Wideopen, a UK-based mountain bike magazine, interviewed Pure Mountains' co-founder and guide, Jenny Mayhew . Read the article and see the nice photos here.

MBR Magazine, September & October 2013

Pure Mountains popped up twice in Mountain Bike Rider, the UK's leading mountain bike magazine.

In September's feature on overseas skills courses, they reported on our skills coaching trips with Neil Donoghue, saying:

"Skills coaching at a luxury eco farmhouse in Sierra Nevada. Challenging climbing and demanding descents in the stunning wilderness of the region, along with a great mix of the best bits of cross-country, all-mountain trail riding and backcountry. Coaching, guided rides and proper swanky accommodation."

Here are the pages.

Privateer Magazine, January 2013

"...about as close a mountain biker can get to heaven within two hours' flight time from London. Old hiking and farming trails tumble down the valley in all directions."

Andy Waterman of high-end mountain bike magazine, Privateer, joined our Skills Coaching Trip with Neil Donoghue in October last year. His feature on skills coaching appeared in the latest edition of the mag, along with some gorgeous photos he took at Pure Mountains.

You can read extracts from the article below.

International Mountain Bike Magazine, June 2012

"...the best four days riding I have ever experienced.."

International Mountain Bike Magazine visited us in May and had a great time. Read their thoughts and see some great photos here.

The Guardian, Been There Tip of the Day, April 2012

Privateer Magazine, UK, March 2012

Privateer, the upmarket UK mountain biking magazine, featured Pure Mountains guide, Jenny, in their latest 'In the Bag' feature.

MBR Magazine Travel Planner, 2011

Pure Mountains was highlighted in the the UK's biggest mountain bike magazine's holiday recommendations.

The Guardian, Been There Tip of the Day, 15 August 2011.

"The original tip was posted ages ago, but seems like the guys behind this company are continuing to do things right as Bob Whitmore has just updated the tip with a glowing review. On yer bikes all!"

The Ecologist, June 2011

"Pure Mountains offers cycling enthusiasts the chance to mountain bike through one of Spain’s most beautiful regions..."

Read the full article here.

The Guardian Green Travel List, February 2010

Pure Mountains has been selected for inclusion in the ten best providers of summer activites worldwide. Read the full article here.

The Observer, Escape and Clean Breaks Rough Guide, August 2009

Pure Mountains are thrilled to be be included in Rough Guides' new title, 'Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World'. On 2 August 2009, the Oberver's Escape supplement published the authors' favourite selection of sustainable and interesting Mediterranean holidays which included 'Cycle the Alpujarras' featuring Pure Mountains:

"Pure Mountains have spent five years scouring the land and know the best routes and places to stop for picnics - where you'll be met by a Land Rover with all the necessary supplies. Choose a harder trip and you'll be pedalling for six hours a day, negotiating rocky trails and climbing into the peaks of the Sierra Nevada above Granada. The scenery is nearly always dominated by the snowy peak of 3,497m Mulhacén."

Read the full article here.

Daily Telegraph, Nov 2007

"Pure Mountains offers luxurious cycling holidays in the Sierra Nevada national park"

The Daily Telegraph newspaper recommends our holidays to their readers, November 2007.

MBR Magazine Again, Feb 2007

February 2007, MBR magazine recommends Pure Mountains again.

Click here to see what they say.

Granada Spain Guide, June 2021

This online guide is all about discovering the best of Granada city and province. They've just published an feature called "Find out about Four Fantastic Outdoor Activity Holidays in Granada". Pure Mountains is featured, along with horse riding, hiking, climbing and motorbike touring outfits.

Velo Me, October 2015

"Providing luxury trips, guided tours and amazing food, the Pure Mountains experience was purely awesome."

Notable mountain bike blogger, Jessica Strange, joined one of our skills coaching trips with Katy Curd and wrote a report on her fast-growing blog, Velo Me.

Cyklopedin 2015

Sweden's Bike Academy had their "staff outing" to Pure Mountains in October 2014. They run very popular mountain bike skills courses for women in and around Stockholm.

We all had a great time and they wrote an review of their trip, which was published in Sweden's leading cycling catalogue, Cyklopedin.

Have a look here.

Women's Cycling Magazine, January 2014

"...a few days of riding with nothing to worry about, apart from staying in one piece, is a dream for any mountain biker"

Womens' Cycling Magazine sent Lauren Jenkins on one of our female-only trips in September 2013.

Click here to read the article.

Schweizer Alpen-Club Bulletin, May 2013

The Swiss mountain club magazine published an article by one of their members, Tilman Theurer, about his trip to Pure Mountains.

Read his article, as a German PDF, here.

Mountain Bike Rider magazine, January 2013

The UK's biggest mountain bike title ran a feature on winter riding. They recommended a visit to Pure Mountains, of course!

The Guardian, Travel, May 2012

Our Bike Girls trips were featured on Travel's Corkboard. Read the online version here.

O2 Bikers Magazine, Belgium, February 2012

"Une oasis de calme et de beauté...Le couple ne souhaite qu’une chose: donner du plaisir aux cyclistes dans tous les domaines, que ce soit physique, émotionnel ou gastronomique."

Sara Mertens, international MTB racer and journalist visited Pure Mountains recently. She published an article about her experience in the best-selling Belgian mountain bike magazine, O2 Bikers.

International Mountain Bike Magazine, Issue 14 2011

This great online bike magazine published a photo of Pure Mountains' guide, Tim, riding one of his favourite trails here in Sierra Nevada. See the photo here.

Mountain Bike Rider Magazine, June 2010

Pure Mountains holidays were picked for their '3 of the Best...Biking Holidays' featurette. Read the full article here.

Mountain Bike Rider, February 2010

"The great thing about the south of Spain is obviously the weather, but the network of trails in the Sierra Nevada is second to none." - MBR magazine

Mountain Bike Rider, the UK's leading mountain biking magazine, recently visited Pure Mountains for a bike race weekend. Read the full article here or get a flavour from MBR's blog.

Pure Mountains also featured in Ski & Snowboard magazine. Read the article here.

Guardian Travel, Winning Reader's Tip, July 2009

"Pure Mountains offers biking holidays in the stunning Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. The riding is fantastic with loads of swooping single tracks past flower-filled meadows, the scent of wild herbs in the air. The guiding is excellent, with well thought out routes tailored to the group's abilities. Tim and Jenny's patience is second to none and thanks to them I can now do switch backs! Not forgetting the luxury accommodation - their remote cortijo sits at 1,700m offering stunning views of the villages and valleys of the Alpujarras - great, hearty meals, Land Rover support, picnics en route and an amazing location. The combination of biking, accommodation, food and guiding is the best I have come across. And, at the end of the day, their sunny terrace is the perfect place for a much-deserved beer. Tim and Jenny look after you so well in every aspect of the holiday."

The Guardian chose this review by a Pure Mountains' guest as its Winning Reader's Tip in Escape on 4 July 2009.