Frequently Asked Questions
What is an average week like
Usually, five days riding with a midweek rest day
The itinerary is not set in stone. We try to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs. However weeks generally look like this
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday out riding.
Wednesday - Rest day*.
Thursday and Friday back on the bikes.
Saturday - Change over day / Airport run.
*Rest days are not compulsory.
We are completely flexible with your arrival day, allowing you to take advantage of cheaper midweek flights.
Which airport is best
Malaga airport is the biggest and serviced by most European countries and airports in the UK. However, you can also fly into Sevilla or Jerez de la Frontera.
How long does it take to get from the airport to Montecorto
It takes about 1hr 30mins from Malaga, Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera airports to Montecorto.
Can I get an airport transfer
Yes you can. We meet you at the airport when your flight arrives and return you in good time for your flight home. Most flights arrive late morning, there may be a short wait if other riders are arriving at a similar time.
How fit do I need to be
You should be used to regular aerobic exercise and have a moderate level of fitness. The rides are designed to vary from easy to difficult and are within the capabilities of some-one who exercises regularly.
What do I need to bring
For your own comfort we recommend you bring 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts and tops. For most of the year you will also need sunglasses, sun protection cream, after sun lotion and a cotton scarf to protect the back of your neck from the sun. If you are prone to sun burn, then long sleeved T-shirts and full gloves will offer additional protection. During the winter months we would also recommend that you bring some waterproof cycling kit….just in case. Finally don't forget your helmet!
No helmet ….. no ride!
Can I bring my own bike
Most clients prefer to bring their own bike, which is quite easy to organise. Obtain a bike box or bag, then simply deflate the tyres, lower the saddle, turn the handle bars and pedals in and use pipe insulation to protect the frame.
It is advisable to check with your airline or travel agent, as carriers have different rules about transporting boxed bikes. Some allow you to book your bike on in advance, normally for a fee, others carry bikes for free, but may not have space on the day.
What spares do I need to bring for my bike
We have a fully equipped bike workshop for carrying out day to day maintenance whilst you are here. The store has track pumps, a work stand, tools, lubricants and cleaning materials for keeping your bike in tip top condition. We strongly recommend that you have your bike serviced before your trip and that you bring spare inner tubes and tyres (especially those who are riding on tubs) and a full set of replacement brake pads (previous clients have gone through a set in a week). If you are bringing your mountain bike then please also bring a spare rear mech hanger and chain.
There are two bike shops in Ronda, should anything major happen, in terms of bike failure, we have preferential servicing at one of the bike shops.
Do I need travel/health insurance
It is a condition of our holidays that you are covered by a medical and personal accident insurance policy that includes cover for sports activities and repatriation to your home country.
Please provide use with your insurance policy numbers and emergency contact details prior to your arrival.
We recommend that you use 'insure for travels' platinum policy selecting either cycling or mountain biking under the sporting or hazardous activities section.
If you live in the UK we recommend that you bring your EHIC card. This allows you to access reduced cost medical services in the European Economic Area. The EHIC is available free at this website www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do
The EHIC is NOT a substitute for travel insurance as it will not cover mountain rescue, repatriation costs, or losses due to crime or natural disasters.
Remember no insurance, no riding.
Are there activities for partners who do not ride to do
For those cyclists who have partners, friends or relations who do not want to join all or any of the rides (or just fancy a day out of the saddle) this area has much to offer. Within 90 minutes there is sight-seeing, taking in the historic and architecture of Sevilla, Jerez de la Frontera or sunbathing on the beaches of the Costa del Sol. there is Ronda to wonder around and the many 'pueblos blancos' to explore. For the more active, there are good walks in the Sierra de Grazalema National Park, Cueva de Piletas to visit, the Ancient Roman Ampitheatre to see, all very close to your accommodation There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind, take in some culture or simply indulge in some retail therapy. There is local shopping for regional specialities in Ronda and environs or a more cosmopolitan retail scene in nearby cities. Please enquire when booking.
Do I need a hire car
It's not essential and depends on what you want to do after the days riding. If you are happy chilling out and relaxing in Montecorto then no a car is not needed. If you want to get out and explore the area then you would need a car to make the most of you holiday.
Is there Wi-Fi or Internet access in Montecorto
None of the accommodation in Montecorto has either Wi-Fi or Internet access, however, Wi-Fi is available in two of the bars in Montecorto and there is Internet access in the library Monday to Friday 4-8pm which is free for everybody to use.
The Farmhouse has free Internet and Wi-Fi too.
What amenities are there in Montecorto
Montecorto has 2 grocery stores, 2 bakers, a fruit and veg shop and a fish mongers. You can easily get everything you'll need for the week in the shops in Montecorto. However, if there is something from home you specifically require eg Peanut Butter, PG Tips then please bring it with you.
There are also several bars/restaurant for eating out in the evening.
What amenities are in the accommodation in Montecorto
All our townhouses and villas have washing machines, TV, DVD and Hi-Fi systems. All the kitchens are well equiped for all your self catering needs too with Fridge/Freezers, Hob and Oven.
Is the Farmhouse Hotel in Montecorto
No. The Farmhouse Hotel is situated 5km outside of the village and can feel a little remote. We strongly recommend that you hire a car if you decide to stay at the Farmhouse.
Can we use the kitchen at the Farmhouse Hotel
No. The kitchen is not for general use, however, you can get a 3 course evening meal for approximately 30 Euros per adult and childrens menu starts at approximately 6 Euros per child. The kitchen is closed Sunday and Wednesday evenings.