After various spinning sessions at the gym I finally plucked up the courage to get on a mountain bike and head towards Calblanque without quite knowing what I was going to come across. Well, I actually came across one of the most enjoyable sporting experiences I have ever endured; especially when it came to descending a hill. The feeling was a mix between rushes of adrenaline, liberty and concentration. The concentration part is of vital importance as a single stone in front of you can really bugger up your day (or month or three as recoveries from bicycle injuries are notoriously hard to predict). You have to be careful and bear in mind that dog walkers and other unpredictable elements may appear in front of you; branches, slippery puddles or considerably sized boulders.
A helmet is an absolute must. Some remove them on the way up and this is complete folly. A helmet will also keep you protected from the sun and it is ideal to use one that has the most ventilation possible. There are a number of good mountain biking routes in Calblanque. In fact, it is the place where you can start peddling without having a final destination in mind. I would recommend avoiding narrow cliff sides such as the dangerous Cala Reona to Cala Dorada route which is well worth giving a miss unless you have the appropriate experience.
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