Video: Iago Garay Visits Vigo to Find World Class Trails

Jun 28, 2019
by Nacho Trueba  

A lot of you might have heard of Vigo, a small city on the northwest coast of Spain. It held the DH World Cup for a couple of years and it was the very first time I met most of my idols. I was 13 years old and it was the first time I got to experience a world-class event. A lot has changed since then and I haven’t been to Vigo in a really long time, so I was pretty excited, to say the least.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Iago during the first day of filming in Monte Ferro. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

This year the Enduro National Championship was held in Moaña, just a short 30-minute drive from Vigo, so my friend Nacho Trueba and I decided to head there early and film a short video in some of the cool spots around the area. We met over there with another media squid, none other than Kike Abelleira, who lives an hour north from there but grew up in the Vigo area and he was our guide for the week. We spent Monday skating around the old town of Vigo, sampling some Galician craft beer and enjoying the beautiful city.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Monte Ferro delivered us a prime dirt condition. Photo by Kike Abelleira.
The first day of filming we went to Monte Ferro, a very small hill but with lots of short fun trails. It takes you around 10-15 minutes to climb to the top and about 1-2 minutes to ride down. We showed up to some dusty flow trails but halfway through the film session, the sideways rain came in. The treetops seemed like they wanted to touch the ground and the dust turned into mud. We decided to stop for lunch and see if the weather improved. This is what Galicia is known for, 1 hour later the sun was back out and the wind had almost dried up all the trails again, so we went to a different trail and kept filming. It was really cool to see what the people of Vigo had built, right next to the city and with a great variety of options

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
After lunch, the sun was back out in Monte Ferro. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Iago signature move at the top of Monte Ferro. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Morning in Monte Ferro was a little bit dusty before the rain cames. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

For the second day of filming, we got in contact with Anxo Perez, Angel Suarez’s home mechanic. They took us to their sweet secret track where they usually do some testing during the offseason and it was one of the best things I have ridden in Spain. Full of super fun well-built corners and some tech jumps which we sessioned all afternoon until we could push the bikes up no more.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Iago having fun at Anxo’s Trail. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Top section of Anxo’s Trail, delivered us a show of incredible colours and amazing berms. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
Cause who doesn't like a loamy trail?. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
At the bottom section, Anxo surprised us with a fun jump section. Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Photo by Kike Abelleira.
And last but not least... Photo by Kike Abelleira.

Hope you guys enjoyed the video, leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.

Cheers, Nacho and Iago

-Words by Iago Garay. @iagogaray
-Photos by Kike Abelleira. @kikeabelleira

-Video by Nacho Trueba. @nacho_trueba

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13 Comments

  • 9 3
 please get rid of the colored bars under articles
  • 2 0
 Been wanting too check out Vigo, Sure the trails are better than these clips?
  • 5 3
 pretty killer stuff. what's not so killer is Pinkbikes home page.
  • 2 0
 Brutal el video, esperando ver mas!
  • 1 0
 I'd like to move to Spain. Now I know they have sweet stash trails I'm mighty tempted.
  • 2 0
 Don't know which part of Canada you're from but I have been in Squamish, Pemberton and Whistler and trust me, if you are coming to Europe better go to France and Switzerland. Spain is not bad but not great
  • 1 0
 @norfiril: northern Spain people work four hours a day smoke lots of herb ,play guitar and value recreation over work. It's warm and sunny. You can build trails with out any trail building organization . So under the radar.
People are super friendly and chill in Spain. I don't care about the economy. Bet rent and food is super cheap compared to Squamish or North Shore. I'd bring my money and my bike.
  • 1 0
 @Sshredder: I don't know why anyone would say Spain is only OK. It has some truly awesome riding. I try and show this on my YouTube channel. Just search for Sendero Seeker. Spain rocks!
  • 1 0
 @nathanpowell: I watched a couple of your kids. I live on the North Shore of BC, ride Squamish ECT. I can tell you Adraba in Spain is as good perhaps better. If you enjoy double black diamond steep narrow very teck trails.
They look unridden compared to shore trails. All those beautiful boulders and slabs ready for some creative alternative lines.
Thanks for sharing video link.
Spain Rocks! Wicked scene there!
  • 2 0
 @Sshredder: Cheers! Spain really is a great place to ride. There is so much variety. I'd love to get at to Squamish at some point. It's on the bucket list.
  • 2 0
 That's creepy. Should say I watched a couple of your vids.
  • 0 0
 Love this tune. Never really associated it with biking but it worked pretty well. Sweet but short edit.
  • 1 0
 And a shovel . No dig no ride.

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