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Biking Holiday Destination Jan/Feb?

ichabodichabod Posts: 78
edited October 2011 in MTB general
I have some time off over the winter and am thinking of a mountain biking holiday for a few weeks :D . Any ideas on where in the world is suitable at that time of year? (i.e. not freezing/snowy/raining too much etc).

Ideally I would like to be able to base myself in one or more areas from where day rides or even multi day-rides with accomodation are avaiable. A cheapish country would be ideal as I could be there for some time but at the same time it would be nice to know there was a decent bike shop or two (even if only in the capital) in case of breakages etc.

Cheers
Dan

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    tenerife, perfect that time of year :D

    possibly a bit wet and snowy on the very top of the mountain though :lol:

    www.lavatrax.com
  • mac_manmac_man Posts: 918
    Andalucia, Spain
    Try the Sierra Nevada or the the Alpujarras...http://www.freeridespain.com

    or this guy I went with recently...

    http:/http://www.allmountainventure.com/
    Chris is a top guy. His gaff is amazing.

    The biking out is Spain is pretty technical... if that's your sort of thing.

    And the weather is pretty good around Christmas.
    Cool, retro and sometimes downright rude MTB and cycling themed T shirts. Just MTFU.

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  • ichabodichabod Posts: 78
    Both sound like good ideas! Have often considered biking in the Canaries but never been sure how much single track is available there? I was in Lanzarote a few years back (not biking) and it looked like there were plenty of dirt tracks but most of the real off-road stuff was too rough i.e. boulder fields! Is there more variety in Tenerife?

    Also, are the Sierra Nevada in snow around xmas? Looking in the same direction, I would love to go biking in the Atlas but again think there may be too much snow on the passes.

    Another option I'm looking at is Central America. Has anyone been biking in Mexico or Guatemala?

    Ta
    Dan
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    +1 for Andalucia

    There is a cablecar at Benalmadena that takes bikes too :-)
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  • mac_manmac_man Posts: 918
    The Sierras do have snow cover, but there's still plenty of riding to be done lower down.

    Cheaper to get to Spain over Xmas...
    Cool, retro and sometimes downright rude MTB and cycling themed T shirts. Just MTFU.

    By day: http://www.mtfu.co.uk
  • Dirtydog11Dirtydog11 Posts: 1,621
    +1 for Lavatrax

    Speak to Darren at http://www.lavatrax.com, they've got a good variety of guided routes to choose from.

    Cyprus might be worth looking at as well, will let you know when I get back in December.
  • wobbemwobbem Posts: 283
    NZ mate, its bl**dy summer down there :(
    Don't think, BE:
  • Come and try the Lakes! Even more fun and challenging in winter! Accomodation try http://cruzycampers.co.uk/index.html
  • MrGeebsMrGeebs Posts: 62
    The UK, travelling won't cost you as much as it's not as if it'll be really really cold
    um .. . . . .
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    MrGeebs wrote:
    The UK, travelling won't cost you as much as it's not as if it'll be really really cold

    he said somewhere where it won't be rainy and cold...i think the UK ticks both those boxes :lol:
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