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Mountain biking (MTB) and Bicycle touring. Serranía de Ronda

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Mountain biking (MTB) and Bicycle touring. Serranía de Ronda

A mountain bike (MTB) is a bicycle created for rough off-road cycling. Therefore, they are made of resistant materials and wide knobbly tyres to maximise the grip and other technical features which differ from other bikes. This type of sport, although it may entail some risks, allows you to ride quietly,even with children, along the countryside, staying away from the danger of roads.  

The Serranía de Ronda is a region with numerous open spaces where many of the emblematic places can only be discovered by bike or on foot. Although it exists thousands of kilometers of signed trails in the region, only roads and lanes have been considered in this guide of active tourism to practice MTB, avoiding those trails where riding would be very difficult or even impossible. Nevertheless, professional bike riders should get more information of other options available.

Depending on your level of experience and adventurous spirit, you should give MTB Down Hill track in Algatocín a try. This track along the Barranco de la Loma runs across 4.3km with stretches of nearly 40% gradient. It is a technical descent with all type of obstacles finishing in the Genal River at the popular restaurant Venta de San Juan.

The secondary roads in the Serranía de Ronda, which are quiet and traffic-calmed roads, are a great option for those who love road bikes. For more information about bicycle touring, have a look at the section To find out more!

In the event you do not have a bike or you prefer not to bring it with you, you can check out the bike rental companies in the Serranía de Ronda where you could also rent the necessary equipment as well as a guide if you need it!.

Have a look to this link to check out some of the MTB trails in this region. In the aforementioned websites and books, you will find all MTB tracks and even route planners for most of these trails.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

• Bicycle
• Helmet
• Sunglasses
• Gloves
• Suitable footwear
• Coulotte and maillot
• Map or a guide of the route
• Water
• Mobile phone with a spare battery
• First-aid kit
• Tools.

BOOKS

- Rutas en BTT por la Serranía de Ronda. Manuel Perujo Villanueva y José Eugenio Sierra Velasco. Editorial La Serranía 2012.
- Rutas de Cicloturismo por la Serranía de Ronda. Cristóbal Bernal Caparrós y Juan Carlos Bernal Caparrós. Editorial la Serranía 2011.