Before we started spinning the wheels, we
had to set up the bikes in order to be able to pedal
comfortably the whole day. We didn't have bigger problems.
The helmets did not fit well and were forcing to the forehead
all the time. But otherwise everything was pretty much
fine, considering the circumstances. The first few
kilometers were interesting, since we were used to riding
with front suspension and these bikes didn't have any. We
had to adjust our speed when hitting the bumps.
Fernando chose the trail very well. There
were all the elements of a good nice MTB trail. We started
off on a short asphalt, leading us out of the village.
Then continued on quite wide macadam road, going along
pastures. I was quite satisfied with that and I didn't
expect anything better, not knowing that the best was yet
to come. And it did come! Suddenly Fernando turned off the
macadam through the gates of a pasture and down the hill
along quite rough cart track, which turned into nice
singletrack going along narrow valley with open crest on
each side, a stream, grass and no dust. It was really
nice! Later on we had a stop we didn't plan. A tire tube
had to be replaced. But that didn't bother us at all,
since the day was perfect with this magnificent Spanish
terrain all around us. We continued over the crest into
the neighbor valley, enjoying some nice sections of the
trail again. After few more ascents and descents we
reached the village of Cazalla de la Sierra, with completely
white houses. We thus finished the first of the two loop
ride, which Fernando had prepared for us.