MTB Routes

Montblanc Easy Circuit
Begin your visit with a relaxing exploration of the Conca de Barbera. Out of the front door, through the heart of the local vineyards and about 10 km of varied , mostly downhill terrain takes to the old walled town of Montblanc, where there is the opportunity to enjoy a fresh coffee and maybe a pastry or two before setting off again gently uphill eastwards towards the little village of Prenafeta. Here a fountain in the village allows you to take on some water, before heading northwestwards towards the town of Barbera, where there is the opportunity to take a break and lunch at the local swimming pool. From here it is a mixture of quiet back lanes and easy tracks through the vineyards back to the centre. There are a number of easy extensions to this route if required.
Distance appr. 30 km
400 m. total climbing

Prades Loop
This is a fairly tough all-day route with a lunch stop in the little mountain town of Prades. It starts with a gentle 11 km section to the town of Espluga, located on the edge of the Prades mountains. From here the main climb begins up to 1000 metres skirting the Pic de lÁliga, one of the first peaks of the Eastern massif, before topping out at the Mola dels Quatre Termes, one of the most impressive viewpoints of the area. From here the route picks its way along an intricate series of paths and tracks with some technical sections, before joining the road for a brief, and possibly welcome, section of tarmac down into Prades town at the 50 km point. After a much needed lunch in the main square we head back up the road to rejoin the route which heads mostly downhill past the monastery of Poblet to Espluga where we pick up the track back towards Ollers village. For those preferring to take a different return route via Montblanc, this adds an extra 5 to 10 km to the route, but allows us the opportunity to enjoy some much needed cold drinks and tapas in the main square. Pick-up from here can be negotiated for those who wish to stay a bit longer!
Distance: appr. 85 kms
Accumulated height gain: 2136 m.

Vineyard Tour
This route could be fitted into a morning or afternoon, or be an ideal relaxing break or last day celebratory loop. It also has the advantage of providing an activity which non-cycling members of the group can participate in if a hire car is available. The route begins with a first 4.5 km stretch down into the little canyon below the village of Ollers, across the stream and up the first and only climb requiring any real effort before entering the old walls of Sarral. The bodega of Rosa Torres will treat you to a sample of their finest wines. If any are required to be purchased, including their delicious younger wines on tap, these can be easily picked up at a later time. After this the route takes us back up the quiet back road out of Sarral towards the hilltop village of Barbera, where the wine cooperative in its beautiful ´modernist´ style building, is located just next to the municipal pool, where there is the tempting option of lingering for a swim and perhaps even lunch in the poolside restaurant La Marinada, where a lavish 3 course meal with wine can be had for a a very affordable price. We recommend that you perhaps return to the village for a siesta before heading down the track to the last winery on the list, Carles Andreu, where a guided tour of the underground Cava cellars can be arranged, including some tasting of the product, of course. The good news is that the return leg from here is a very gentle distance of a few kilometres.
Distance: appr. 15 kms
Accumulated ascent: 210 m.

Mountains to the Sea
This route has two possible versions. The original begins in the nearby village of Sarral, where it launches straight into a gnarly ascent of the Serra Voltorera range, topping out at 880 metres, then dropping down on the eastern side to the village of Fontscaldes.
Version 2 provides a more gentle access via the nearby village of Cabra del Camp, reaching a mere 670 metres before rejoining the main route on the descent to Fontscaldes.
From here the route twists its way along a wooded ridge down to El Ponyt d’Armentera.There at about 25 kms, with the major climbs already behind, you have the opportunity to replenish water supplies. Here there are a few shops and cafes, but it is recommended to wait until Santes Creus where in the shade of the monastery, there are a number of atmospheric terrace cafes to sit and chill.
From Santes Creus the route follows a mixture of woodland singletrack and vineyard tracks before crossing under the motorway on the approach to the coast. Between here and Salomo the route reenters wooded hilly terrain between quiet rural villages before reaching the old coastal town of Altafulla, an opportunity for some beers and a welcome soak in the warm waters of the Med. 
Distance appr. 50 km
429 m. total ascent




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Fores Montbrio Loop
The route starts off fairly gently, with a first climb over the ridge towards the little town of Solivella. From then it strikes off up towards the Santuari de Tallat, previously occupied by monks from Poblet. There are two main options from here, either narrow singletrack that follows the southern edge of the ridge, or more gentle open access trails to the wind-turbines that dot the top of the mountain-chain. The climb up to Fores is a gentle one, but ends in another technical challenge that will require some technical riding skills. It can be bypassed if required. The route drops downhill fast towards Rocafort de Queralt at 566 m., from where a steep rough descent, following the GR175, crosses a ridge through vineyards, before dropping down into the valley next to the little hilltop village of Montbrio de la Marca. The climb from here is very steep and loose and the 200 m. up to the top of the main ridge running north-east to south-west takes its toll, but is worth it for the view. If you are riding on a Sunday, you may be lucky enough to find the terrace restaurant/bar open at the little chapel Ermita dels Sants Metges at the bottom of the descent before entering the town of Sarral. Alternatively, if Summer, the town pool will provide a refreshing swim, drinks and food before riding the last couple of kilometres back to base.
Distance: appr. 43 kms
Accumulated height gain: 1083 ms

Prades Mountains Loop
This route can be started from the house, which will add some 20kms and a couple of 100 ms. Alternatively, for those who want to chill out afterwards in Montblanc, this provides a natural starting point. We start by riding southwards through the streets of Montblanc and join an old, disused and partly derelict back road running down to join the C-14 at Vilaverde. There the route crossed this busy road and makes its way down to the iconic town of La Riba, perched at the confluence of the Brugent and Francoli rivers. We need to pick our way carefully through the maze of streets to find the start of the track that runs southwest then clockwise around the El Puig hill. A mixture of broad track and rough singletrack takes us up to the hilltop village of Montral. From here we head down to the valley of the Brugent, across to the little village of Farena, where extra water may be found at the fountain, down the road and then up a tough, loose climb towards Rojals.
At Rojals there is a further water stop, if needed, before heading down the maze of little tracks through the forest towards Montblanc. Easy to get lost here, so a guide is recommended!
Distance: appr. 70 kms
Accumulated height gain: 1100 ms

Mountains to Sea
This route has two possible versions. The original begins in the nearby village of Sarral, where it launches straight into a gnarly ascent of the Serra Voltorera range, topping out at 880 metres, then dropping down on the eastern side to the village of Fontscaldes.
Version 2 provides a more gentle access via the nearby village of Cabra del Camp, reaching a mere 670 metres before rejoining the main route on the descent to Fontscaldes.
From here the route twists its way along a wooded ridge down to El Ponyt d’Armentera.There at about 25 kms, with the major climbs already behind, you have the opportunity to replenish water supplies. Here there are a few shops and cafes, but it is recommended to wait until Santes Creus where in the shade of the monastery, there are a number of atmospheric terrace cafes to sit and chill.
From Santes Creus the route follows a mixture of woodland singletrack and vineyard tracks before crossing under the motorway on the approach to the coast. Between here and Salomo the route reenters wooded hilly terrain between quiet rural villages before reaching the old coastal town of Altafulla, an opportunity for some bears and a welcome soak in the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
Distance: appr. 70 kms
Accumulated height gain: 1500 ms
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