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Sierra de Francia
Bike Adventures

Duration 3 days
Distance 85 km
Positive height 925 m
Negative height 5850 m
Technical level
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Difficult
  • Very difficult
Physical level
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Difficult
  • Very difficult

What includes?

  • 3 days of a pure mountain bike.
  • 2 nights in high-quality accommodation.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 refreshments
  • Accident insurance.
  • Local guide service
  • Support vehicle on route.
  • Lifts in 4x4 vehicle with trailer adapted for bicycles.
  • High-quality photos.

  • General characteristics
  • Itinerary
  • Available dates
  • Physical/technical level
  • Logistics
  • Accommodation
  • Other activities
  • Frequent questions

If there is something that characterises the Sierra de Francia is the exuberance of the forests that grow in the shelter of the slopes of the vast promontory that is the Rock of France, look out of the natural park to which it gives its name, along with the Valley of the Batuecas to the south.

La Peña de Francia, together with the valleys of this natural park, give rise to an abrupt orography that crossed by an excellent network of paths from the very summit of the rock to the bottom of the valleys.

Highlights of the trip:

In addition to touring the spectacular trails that cross the green forests that characterise the Natural Park of Las Batuecas and Sierra de Francia, we will have the opportunity to:

  • ¥ Enjoy the excellent local cuisine.
  • ¥ Stay in a high-quality hotel establishment.
  • ¥ Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle of the inhabitants of these mountains.
  • ¥ Know and visit La Alberca, with an urban centre worthy of a close visit.

The Sierra de Francia Bike Adventure is a package of intense activity, during the three days of action we travel a total of 75 kilometres, where 95% are sections of descent. We will obtain a cumulative positive elevation of 910 meters to descend some 5,750 meters.

Naturally, this significant difference in altitude achieved by the lifts that we make in our 4x4 vehicle with trailer adapted to bikes of all sizes and wheel sizes (26, 27.5 and 29 inches).

The trails that we will descend are ancient and ancestral routes of communication. Therefore, we will find a varied combination of pavements, flow paths and paths with rocks and roots that will require all your skills as a mountain biker. Usually, the climbs are done by forest track and road in the 4x4 vehicle and the downhill sections by trail.

  • 16 - 18 February 2018
  • 17 - 19 November 2017
  • 8 - 10 June 2018
  • 23 - 25 March 2018
  • 30 - 2 November 2018

To make the crossing in conditions of safety and comfort, both individually and collectively, requires an excellent physical and technical condition, for this we put all our efforts to organise groups with a similar level.

Keep in mind that the level of skill required reflects an overall rating of the tour, but you should consider that we will find specific sections and obstacles that will increase the level of difficulty, both physical and technical.

To do this during the booking process, through the form that must complement, we will determine your needs, and in this way, we make sure that we put you in a group according to your physical and technical level. The maximum number of members of the group will be five bikers plus a guide, in addition to the support vehicle.

We establish the meeting point at the entrance of the municipality of La Alberca (Salamanca), in the days before the guide will specify the exact location.

This package varies according to the month in which it developed, and this is what we have planned so that we can make the most of the sunlight hours.

For November, December and February the schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday): the activity begins around 11:00 in the morning (this way we give a margin of time so that you have enough time to reach Hervás). We will be riding about 5 hours.
  • Day 2 (Saturday): the activity begins around 9:00 in the morning. We will be riding about 7 hours.
  • Day 3 (Sunday): the activity starts approximately 9:00 in the morning. We will be riding about 5 hours.

For March, April and May the schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 (Friday): the activity starts around 5:00 p.m. (this way we give you a margin of time so that you have enough time to reach Hervás). We will be riding about 3 hours.
  • Day 2 (Saturday): the activity begins around 9:00 in the morning. We will be riding about 8 hours.
  • Day 3 (Sunday): the activity starts approximately 9:00 in the morning. We will be riding about 6 hours.

Apparently, the schedules may vary depending on the weather conditions and the characteristics of the group.

Ideally, after a great day of mountain biking, the accommodation offers all possible comforts to make you feel at home, a place to relax and rest. Therefore, the quality and personalised treatment of the accommodations we choose is a mark of identity of this Bike Adventure.

Another high point of this adventure is the excellent gastronomy. Therefore, we encourage you to taste the local cuisine, based on local foods. However, there is also the option of ordering more recognisable simple dishes.

Antiguas Eras

This pack is planned to spend all the hours of activity riding a bicycle. We think that at the end of each day you can spend time relaxing or visiting the area, which deserves a peaceful visit. At the end of the afternoon, next to some beers, we will hold a briefing the next day.

What are the characteristics of the members of the group?

We only organise trips for small groups, the maximum number of people allowed for this trip is 5 and the minimum group 3.

The itinerary planned so that it can be carried out successfully by bikers between 30 and 50 years of age, although we think that age is a state of mind more than anything else! Therefore we welcome anyone over 18 years old, as long as they have a reasonable physical level and a proper technique on the bicycle.

Who will guide us?

Our mountain bike guides are local Extremadura and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and the culture and landscape of northern Extremadura. For them, their safety and that they enjoy the tour to the fullest is their number one priority. They will always be at your disposal to answer any question or request you may have during your trip.

What is the daily schedule?

We start every day around 9:00 and we will be riding a bicycle around 5 hours. The driving times are approximate and depend on the level of the group, and we can extend the time to 6-7 hours. Depending on the length of the itinerary, we will have lunch at the same or just after.

Do we have to take all our equipment with us?

No, the support vehicle will move your luggage to the next accommodation so that you have everything ready on arrival. You only have to carry a hydration backpack with a 2-litre bag, with the necessary kit that you take in it when you go out to ride. That is an essential toolkit, lubricant, spare parts, mobile phone and documentation with a phone number to call in case of emergency.

What clothes and equipment should I bring?

The diurnal and nocturnal temperatures vary a lot in this area of ​​Spain, so you should have several layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always well adapted to the ambient temperature. You should also wear cycling shorts, gloves, shoes, helmet, glasses, knee pads and sunscreen. Read the complete list of kits to find out what you need to prepare your luggage according to the weather station.

Clothing recommendation for fall and spring:

  • Base layer: light technical shirt (not cotton) (long or short sleeve).
  • Summer gloves.
  • Long-sleeved cycling shirt
  • Shorts or baggy.
  • Long socks.
  • Oilskin.
  • After riding: some shirts, sweatshirts, pants, and some jacket.

Winter clothing recommendation:

  • Base layer: lightweight technical shirt (not cotton) with long sleeves.
  • Winter gloves
  • Long-sleeved cycling shirt
  • Shorts or baggy.
  • Long socks.
  • Soft Soft-Shell jacket.
  • Oilskin.
  • After riding clothes: some shirts, sweatshirts, pants, and a winter jacket.

What kind of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A mountain bike of good quality of total suspension with suspension travel between 130-160 mm will be ideal for this itinerary. We also recommend that you bring tubeless tires or tubelized cameras, the perfect measure is 2.3 or 2.4. Even make sure that the bicycle is in excellent mechanical condition, as well as a proper suspension adjustment.

What meals included in the tour price?

All breakfasts and dinners included in the tour price. Lunch is for each participant

How is the weather in this area of Spain?

The climate in this area has a marked Atlantic influence. The maximum and minimum temperatures are softer than it would correspond to its latitude, this fact is due in large part to the mountains that in winter shelter from the north winds and in summer refresh the strong daytime insolation with gentle breezes that flow from the high from the mountains to the valleys.

Do you have more questions?

Send us an email to: info@bikesatforest.com