We have run a special Andalucía Bike Race package for the last few years and 2015 was the best yet. Team Pure Mountains and our guest teams loved the race and did very well.
Our team, Tim Kirkus and Gary Williams, even came third overall in the Masters 40 class in a very international field.
We’re already looking ahead to 2016. We've perfected the formula for providing guests with everything they need to ride the best race they can, and to have a great time doing it.
In case you don’t already know, ABR is a fantastic six day stage race for pairs, based around Jaén and Córdoba provinces. The terrain is wonderful, including endless singletrack and the sun usually shines. For more information, photos and videos, see the ABR website, like their
Facebook page and watch the promo video. For a racer's-eye view, read of the blog by Gary Williams, who was half of the 2014 and 2015 Pure Mountains team.
You don't need to be an ace bike racer to participate, but you do need to be fit, resilient and determined. We run a shuttle back to base at the end of each stage, so it doesn't matter if you take longer to finish each stage than some!
Dates and prices (including the race registration fee) for 2016 have yet to be confirmed of course. This year, the race took place in the last week of February, and the price of our package, which included Malaga airport transfers, shuttles between race-stages and accommodation was £900 / €1035 per person, plus race registration (€420 per person).
Accommodation and Food
No need to worry about organising hotels, as we provide eight nights' accommodation in twin / double rooms in charming, quiet, rural houses.
You arrive two days' before the race starts, which ensures plenty of time for stress-free arrival, bike assembly, registration and rest. Then you stay each night of the race and depart the day after the race finishes.
We have found it much more restful and easy not to stay in cramped, busy hotels, but at quieter self-catering accommodations, where our party are the only guests. These are of a very good standard, with plenty of space for bike servicing and storage. We provide a work stand and tools for you to use and our mechanic will be on hand if you have any bike servicing questions.
Perhaps most importantly, we provide breakfast each morning and a hearty, home-cooked, racers' dinner early each evening. The Spanish late-hours tapas culture is wonderful on a beach holiday or a city break, but not what you need when you've got a huge race the next day!
One of us is on hand if you need any emergency items of bike-related or personal shopping, too.
Contact us if you're interested, or if you'd like to find out more about joining us for the ABR in 2016.