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: Mar 17, 2020 at 8:58 Quote
Sadly, just as the season should be picking up speed and people should be flocking to our area to ride the Enduro & XC MTB Trails of Zona Zero or road riding the Cols & Valleys of the Pyrenees, the Corona Virus has, overnight, stopped everything dead in its tracks.

I had friends visiting - they arrived from a wet and windy Scotland on Thursday night in their two camper vans for three weeks of riding in the sunshine - and by Sunday lunchtime they were on their way home. Both of them and I are gutted.

Spain enetered a State of Emergency on Friday and on Sunday evening a sever restriction of movement of people was announced, to start 8am on Monday morning.

The trails are closed, even to locals. There's a 2000€ fine if you get caught Running / Jogging or Cycling at all during the next 15 days. The reason behind this isn't so much a case of keeping people away from each other but rather reducing the number of people who could potentially hurt themselves / be involved in some sort of accident and require hospital treatment. I know some people will argue that you could just as easily have a kitchen related accident over the next 15 days as fall of your bike - but they've had to make decisions and this is one of the calls they've made.

If this 15 day quarantine period is enough to slow the spread of the virus, and therefore the demand on hospital treatment, enough then maybe we can salvage the Easter holidays - but I think that's maybe a big ask given the scale of things.

At least this is to some degree (or at least we all hope so) a finite problem. Within a period of time this little peanut of a virus will have done it's worst and we can start putting our lives back together. I fear though that the cost we're all going to pay, financially and otherwise, is going to be high.

I know there's talk of this virus being too tough to beat, but I can't think along those lines right now. If that turns out to be the case them we're really going to be in trouble!

Keep well everyone.


Posted: Mar 21, 2020 at 8:45 Quote
The lockdown in Spain continues. New rules/laws and been added/modified daily as quarantine procedures are fine tuned.

In fact, most of the "updates" are just a case of the authorities tightening up in areas of the law where people are taking advantage. For instance "Yes, you are allowed to walk to the shops to buy food - please go alone and go straight there and back again" has had to be written down because "technically, I can walk to the shops and back three times a day via the scenic route and just buy some chappies when I get there". People hey?

Here are a couple of photo's of the main road in Boltaña which runs past the flat we're renting. Normally on a Saturday afternoon this close to Easter the place would be pumping - pavement cafe's open, cyclists riding, families walking etc etc.

I didn't break any laws taking these photo's btw!

Posted: Mar 21, 2020 at 9:06 Quote
Scary times indeed. I really hope the tide starts turning soon. It’s mayhem at the shops here, social distancing goes out the window when the doors to supermarkets open in the morning thanks to the selfish people among us stockpiling far too much. And also a few very sick (I don’t mean ill) people buying hard to get hold of items just to sell on at ridiculous prices. It’s all crazy. All the best to everyone

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 at 17:48 Quote
Hopefully it won't be too long now before our Lockdown is over.

It's going to take a while for life to return to something we recognise as "normal" and it could well end up being different to what we've been used to.....but in the end the Mountains will still be silently looking down on us and the countryside will still be there for us to enjoy.

Loving and living in the Pyrenees . . . . .

Posted: May 9, 2020 at 9:24 Quote
First "Post Lockdown" Ride today and it was amazing! A couple of hours of MTB on my local trails. We've been allowed to go out and exercise for a week now but today was my first chance to get out.

Nothing too serious - was just nice to get out and spin the legs. Saw a few other people out - some jogging and some riding, but Ainsa town itself was deserted apart from a couple of people outside the pharmacy.

Was certainly a lovely day for it!

First Post Lockdown Ride
First Post Lockdown Ride
First Post Lockdown Ride!

First Post Lockdown Ride
First Post Lockdown Ride!

First Post Lockdown Ride
First Post Lockdown Ride!

First Post Lockdown Ride
First Post Lockdown Ride!

Posted: May 13, 2020 at 9:35 Quote
Remembering last summer!

The long, light, warm evenings are nearly here again and I'm looking forward to it.

Our restaurants have been allowed to open this week. Outside seating only and with a space between tables, but it's a step in the right direction!

View from Guaso village

Posted: May 15, 2020 at 9:15 Quote
The last few days have been wet enough for me not to be able to go to work - but dry enough to shoot out for a couple of hours if I time it right!

Todays ride included a singletrack section through "The Badlands". Normally there's a well worn "line" that you can follow at speed. Currently, due to lots of rain and almost no one riding the trails, the line is gone. Not a major problem until you get to a blind rise with a left or right turn on its peak - where a clue would be nice!!

Anyway I'm happy to be out . . . . .

The Badlands

Posted: May 18, 2020 at 9:08 Quote
Beautiful weather today and my ride took me through the Plaza up in the old town. Saw very few other people and none of the bars or restaurants were open. Down in the new town there were a couple of places open and serving drinks to customers seated outside......

Happy we're starting to come out of this now!

Posted: May 18, 2020 at 11:25 Quote
Riding up towards the Partara view point above Ainsa, if you stop 5 mins into the climb and look behind you, you see this.

Most people don't look back. :-(
Most people miss this. :-(
As an MTB guide, it's part of my job to tell people when to look backwards :-)

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 at 22:28 Quote
Monte Perdido and the three Marias (Tres Marias) in the Ordesa National Park taken from just outside Ainsa on Sundays ride.

It's getting hot here now - the snow is melting!


Posted: Aug 24, 2020 at 14:17 Quote
Zona Zero has just released maps and details of 21 new XC routes - "For Bikers with the Soul of a Wolf".

I'll be trying them out as soon as I can find some time!

Route Maps

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 at 9:21 Quote
Ainsa has a new Pumptrack!





Posted: Oct 9, 2020 at 23:59 Quote
I know I've posted this view before - looking north towards France from up at the "Mirador Del Cinca" viewpoint - but it's a place I pass on my normal "get out for an hour or so" ride and it never fails to impress me....

Also on yesterdays ride, I managed to find a little stretch of "dry river bed" hidden in the trees that I can use to extend one of my XC routes nicely :-)

Mirador del Cinca

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 at 9:15 Quote
The village of Sieste with the Pena Montenesa behind it, taken on route ZZ-018 - "Paths Of Mondebueno & Madalena"....

It's a beautiful day - dry, warm & sunny. Long may it continue!


Sieste . . . .

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