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Best rides No1 Val de Ebo

02/01/2015
 Best rides No1  Val de Ebo

 

 Over the coming weeks we will post info of some of our favourite rides. If you  want more info on locate routes then come into our shop Meta bike Cafe  and pickup one of our  2015 routes guides..

 Val d Ebo via the Marjal and Pego 59 miles/98 km   4 / 5.30  hours. Total ascent  3133 ft  4/5 hrs

Until you’ve ridden this route you have not really seen the true beauty of the Marina Alta mountains. The Val d Ebo is like `Shangri-La´avalley where time has stood still.  

At the top of the days main climb an 8km haul up from Pego at
23 mtr to Alto Ebo at 547 mtr the valley opens up in front of you, and
there are landscaped views to the back of the mountains, with terrace
upon terrace of Almond blossom trees. With virtually no traffic this area is a cyclist's paradise !

 This  ride starts with an easy run out along the beach road from Denia, heading inland via The Marjal
(marshlands) towards Pego. The marshes are infact used to grow rice for the Traditional Valencian dish ` Paella´. You
have to try this out along with rehydrating with `San Miguel ´ of course!! But first the ride.
Alto Ebo is a truly continental style climb , complete with hairpin bends and white painted concrete barriers at the
side of the road. It looks daunting as you see the road high above you. You will catch some quite dramatic views of
Pego , the Marjal, the coast line and the winding road below you whilst you continue on your way up this seemingly
never ending climb. More views await you at the top but the best is yet to come ? just over the top! stop and look at La
Barranc d infierno, (The valley of hell) a deep ravine with sheer cliff walls.
Take a breather at Ebo village, there are a couple of good bars for the essential top ups. Following which, The ride
again goes up hill !! with a section maxing at 16% for 200 mtrs to the Cova del Rull, (Curly cave) a cave with Stalatites
and stalagmites of up to 20 million years old, its worth a visit, if you can find the time.
Our ride heads on into the Val d Alcala and eventually peaks at Alto Magarida at 629 mtr. Along this section you
really do get a feeling of the old Spain and the vastness of this country, mountains, valleys, age old villages but best of
all its just great cycling terrain!
Try another stop at the Venta Margarida, a bar just left off the actual route at the junction where our ride turns right
into the Val de Gallinera. It’s a great traditional country bar with good food and beautiful views across the surrounding
mountain ranges.
From here we head back to Pego on a 25 km descent down through The Val de Gallinera. An area world famous
for its cherry crop. More and more stunning scenery, high cliffs and craggy peaks ring the valley and if you look carefully
you will see the remains of the Moorish castles perched on top the highest points.
Alto Margarida featured in the 2004 Vuelta España. With a stage start at Xativa and finishing at Alto Aitana at
1570 mtr. It was one on the tours hardest and longest stages.
Once this ride has passed through Pego the return route is again via the
Marjal marshlands and the beach road back to Denia. But if your feeling
strong try the climb of Alto Pilarets its one of our favourite climbs locally and
drops you down into the Val de Retoria for an easy ride home. Now its time
for that `San Miguel ´.
The Reverse of this route is used in The Marina Alta race series with a
Climb from Pego to Alto Margarida. Then turning left towards The Val d Ebo.
The the descent of Alto Ebo is breath taking. But be careful !