MTB Ainsa! XC & Enduro Riding at "Zona Zero" in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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MTB Ainsa! XC & Enduro Riding at "Zona Zero" in the Spanish Pyrenees.
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Posted: Jun 9, 2019 at 11:35 Quote
b1rdie wrote:
Hi Tony, it has been running so fast that I only now have a chance to say thanks for the good riding we did last april. Ainsa is spectacular for mtb and we hope to go riding there soon, we wish the very best for you and your wife, hugs from Brasil!

Thanks very much for the message! It was a pleasure showing you around and lovely to meet you both - I wish you had more time. Next time we will do more I'm sure.

Keep well!

T.

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 at 11:37 Quote
Great ride with my friends Patrick and Lesley this morning - it was a hot day but the light breeze made it manageable. The Pena Montenesa watched over us as usual.


Then back to Boltana for a nice roast dinner prepared by Mrs Bonus.





Posted: Jun 10, 2019 at 23:23 Quote
All the mountain villages here in Zona Zero have a "fuente" - a water point where you can drink and re-fill bottles.

Perfect for hot summer days. . . .


Water Points

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 at 23:38 Quote
Last night Stage 4 of the "Transpyr Coast to Coast Pyrenean Stage Race" finished in Ainsa.

The riders have another 3 stages to ride before they finish in Hondarribia on Saturday evening.

The race stats for a week of riding are impressive - 1035km, with 21385m of climbing and descending (The race starts at the finishes at sea level - just two different "seas"!)

There are two versions of the race - an MTB version and a Road version.





Posted: Jun 17, 2019 at 0:00 Quote
My friend Pat riding the dry & dusty trails of the Zona Zero Badlands outside Ainsa....

The Badlands
The Badlands

The Badlands
The Badlands

The Badlands
The Badlands

Posted: Jun 23, 2019 at 23:52 Quote
Back in May I guided a guy from Zaragoza for a few days. He had such a good time that we're now friends and last week he came back for some more guiding.

Repeat customers / referrals from happy customers are important when you're starting out with any business, and when it's a service like this that is very personalised, even more so.

Rodneys request this visit was for a XC ride plus he wanted to see some abandoned villages - there are lots of them here in the mountains. I put together a 50km XC ride with just over 1000m of climbing/descending.

We had a good time - he knew he'd ridden in the mountains by the end of it - and I'm sure he'll be back for some more :-)

We started our ride on the outskirts of the Village of Janovas.


Posted: Jun 23, 2019 at 23:52 Quote
Janovas actually straddles the Greenwich Mean Line.

This means that on one side of the village you are in the Eastern Hemisphere of the world and on the other you are in the Western Hemisphere. If I started walking North from Janovas I would pass through Greenwich in London.

The line in Greenwich represents the historic Prime Meridian of the World - Longitude 0ยบ. Every place on Earth was measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The line itself divided the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth - just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.

I point this out to anyone I take to Janovas because I think it's very cool :-)



Posted: Jun 23, 2019 at 23:53 Quote
anovas sits on the river Ara - one of out two big local rivers. The river is fed from the mountains so a lots of the water in it is melted snow. Lovely in the summer but a bit cold right now - although there were people paddling!


Posted: Jun 23, 2019 at 23:54 Quote
It was a hot day and the "Badlands" were dry and dusty, but there was plenty of shade for a lot of the ride while we were on singletrack through the trees.



Posted: Jul 6, 2019 at 22:44 Quote
Guiding with Jose Luis Sustatxa from the Basque Country.

This photo was taken at the exit of Route ZZ-018, above the swim spot that Mrs Bonus & I use in the summer :-)


Posted: Jul 6, 2019 at 22:45 Quote
Enjoying the evening views while Guiding with Jose Luis Sustatxa.

Temperatures had dropped a few degrees since last week, thankfully!

The Mountains never fail to impress me :-)

Evening Guiding

Posted: Jul 8, 2019 at 11:25 Quote
Guiding Tom from Belgium yesterday.

As a Landscape Designer, he enjoyed our local scenery . . .



:-)

Lovin the view

Posted: 2 days ago Quote
Guiding Tom around some more of Zona Zero......

We rode in The Badlands, did some technical climbing, rode some nice singletrack......




Posted: 2 days ago Quote
..... and finally took in a view of the Pyrenees mountains from Guaso, where our Build Project is.

It was a great evening and I enjoyed it!


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