Things you need to know

Mountain Biking Spain is a fully legal company, supported by the Junta de Andalucia and registered with the Ministry of Tourism.

Our official registration number is AT/AL/00047. This certifies that we meet all legal and professional requirements.

At the present time we are the only fully legal mountain biking company operating in the the Almanzora valley.

This is becoming increasingly more important as the Spanish authorities and police clamp down on illegal companies.

If caught riding with an illegal organisation you the client are deemed to be just as guilty, you can expect to be fined up to 5,000 euros along with the confiscation of your bike. Don't take that risk. Book your adventure and ride with a registered company. Ask to see their AT number (Active Turismo number).

Here are a few requirements, recommendations and general info for you to consider before booking.

There is no upper age limit to attending one of our courses or breaks, but under 18's must be accompanied by a cycling parent.

Your safety is always our first priority, we insist that you always wear a helmet. For the vast majority of our riding we don't wear knee/shin, or elbow pads. We do however hold a small stock should the need arise.

You will need travel and medical insurance that covers mountain biking, as well as your European Health Insurance Card. We ask to see, and make a copy of these before you ride with us.

SportsCover Direct are one of several companies offering such cover especially for mountain bikers.

You can apply on-line for your European Health Insurance Card by clicking here

It is beneficial that you have a reasonable level of fitness. In other words, you take some form of regular weekly exercise and have the stamina to spend 3 hours plus on your bike.

Although we do have hire bikes we recommend that skills are learned on your own bike. Your bike can be full suspension or hard tail but most importantly needs to be in good working order. Disc brakes are advantageous and we ask you to bring spare pads along with any spares that are specific to your bike. We hold a limited stock of spares but it is wise to bring a gear cable, chain, gear hanger and half a dozen inner tubes unless you run tubeless. Lightish bikes with at least 100mm of travel and big volume tyres work best here.

Fluid replacement is a big priority here, we ride with 3 litre bladders in back packs large enough to carry food, tools, clothes, spares, protection and anything else you need for a day in the back country.

Mountain Biking Spain owns a quad bike which we use on longer routes to re-supply you with water, treats, and for extraction off the mountain in an emergency.

On confirmation of booking we will send you a detailed list of useful and essential items.

Terms & Conditions

Deposit

Booking will only be confirmed on receipt of the required deposit of 100 euros per person or full payment.

Full Payment

Full payment is to be made no later than six weeks before your arrival date. Failure to comply will result in a forfeit of your deposit and cancellation of your booking.

Cancellation By You

Cancellation must be made in writing to:
Mountain Biking Spain,
Calle Estacion, 8
04815 Almanzora
Almeria
Spain

Cancellation charges
Cancellation charges are scaled according to notification
Notification Your Loss
More than 43 days your deposit
Between 43-30 days 60% of total cost
Between 30-15 days 75% of total cost
Less than 15 days 100% of total cost

It is recommended you take out travel insurance when booking to cover you, should the need to cancel arise.

Cancellation By Us

Mountain Biking Spain will only cancel your break in the event of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances such as war, civil unrest , natural or nuclear disasters, or similar events beyond their control.

Liability

Mountain Biking Spain are not liable for any injury, death, damage to, or loss of property, theft of bicycle or equipment which occurs whilst cycling on or off road or whilst in transit in any vehicle or at any other time during the holiday. Clients need to insure against all such possibilities and are required to sign an "Accident waiver and release of liability" form prior to their trip.

Insurance

It is a mandatory requirement that as well as a European health insurance card you have travel and medical insurance that covers mountain biking. We ask to see and copy these before you ride with us.

Guides / Leaders

Mountain Biking Spain guides and leaders reserve the right to refuse services to any person who's behaviour affects the enjoyment or safety of the group. No refund will be made in these circumstances.

Complaints

Complaints in the first instance should be made to your guide/ leader so that action can be taken to alleviate the problem. All complaints should be made in writing within 14 days of your departure date.

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* For wet weather skills delivered by coaches/guides with a definite gortex fetish, or outdoor First Aid Courses aimed specifically at mountain bikers check out our friends in the UK.


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