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Is Freeridespain a bona fide company? Yes! We are fully insured and legal. However, we still request that each rider has their own medical insurance (which should also cover repatriation) and insurance for their kit.
How long have you been in Lanjaron? We have been in Lanjaron since 2004 and know this area well. We also ride in and around Bubion, Lujar and Granada which we also know very well.
What will I need?
- A helmet. NO helmet - NO ride - NO discussion!
- Medical - A european health card is essential. You can get one online here
- Some sort of insurance policy for YOU and your gear.
- Your favourite baggies and full fingered gloves
- UVA and UVB protection, a high factor sun block
- Spending money for lunch and dinner
Bike, pads and tyres
Pads: These are not compulsory but are most definitely recommended. If you have them you might as well bring them!
Tyres: We've used a selection of tyres over the years from semi-slick 1.8 to DH 2.5. The best, in our opinion is without a doubt the Maxxis High Roller II 2.35 or High Roller LUST 2.35. The terrain is very rocky and technical in areas and the chance of a pinch flat is quite high. Thorns are not usually an issue but you do need to watch out for cactus! Check out Stif.co.uk for the best price on Maxxis tyres. I'm a big fan of tubeless tyres in Spain where it seems to be ok to just fit, inflate and leave them alone.
Bike: We recommend a 120mm+ full suspension bike (All Mountain Bike) for the most fun. However, that does not mean if you don't have one you should rush out and buy one. Blur (LT), Orange Five etc' are very popular but lots of guests also ride bikes with much less travel and some even use hardtails. You can do these trails with a single front ring but do make sure you've got a large cassette on the rear, otherwise it'll be a struggle in some places! All wheel sizes are welcome, from 26" to 29".
What time are the transfers?
The transfer to Lanjaron is when the majority of the guests arrive. For example, if 8 guests arrive in the morning then the transfer will be an AM transfer. However, if most of the guests arrive in the evening then the transfer will be a PM transfer when the last guest has arrived.
If you arrive in the morning you can either wait for the evening transfer to Lanjaron with the rest of the guests or we can arrange an additional transfer for you. This costs £70 and should be paid for in advance. If there is more than one person wanting an additional transfer the cost is split/shared between you, so the TOTAL cost is £70. If you arrive in the evening and there has been a morning transfer because that is when the majority of the group has arrived, we will usually include the transfer for free, but this is NOT guaranteed so please check.
The transfer from Lanjaron at the end of the week is in the morning of the Saturday to coincide with the first departing flight.
First Aid and insurance
First aid - Each rider must have their own basic first aid kit. This should have items like: plasters, wipes, bandages, iodine and tape. These can be bought from Boots for around £10
We carry a complete first aid kit which contains items from syringes to sutra kits. Our kits do not contain any drugs or creams (pain killers, aspirin, antiseptic cream etc.') so we recommend you bring your own if you use them.
Insurance - You must have your own insurance which should include helicopter evacuation and repatriation. A search on the internet will reveal a host of insurers to choose from, but please ensure that it includes extreme sports. We do not go above 3000m. In the past we have used companies like Sports Cover Direct who are expensive but seem to have a good reputation. Other recommended companies are Ski Card and the Austrian Alpine club although they may not include baggage insurance. Please check for yourself!