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ENDLESS SINGLETRACK DESCENDING

80% lift-assited flow to technical mountain biking in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Average weekly descending of 14,500 metres
Open May to end October.

 

For info about our riding November to April, please click the Winter Gravity Malaga side tab.

Bubión, SPAIN
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Welcome to Switchbacks ENDURO

ALL-MOUNTAIN

THE best Enduro riding in Europe. 80% lift-assisted, guided flowing to technical mountain biking holidays from May to October from our base here in Bubion, Sierra Nevada, Spain. Temperatures range between 20-30C come with a light water-proof just in case. What can I expect? Watch!!

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN

Come ride our famous 75km descent to the beach. Average weekly climbing 2000 metres; average weekly descending 14,500 metres. Mountain biking Spain at its best – ALL ON SINGLETRACK!

What are the tracks like? Watch and enjoy.

FREE SKILLS TUITION

Want to get better on your bike? Although aimed at the intermediate and above rider, we offer free skills tuition that will help get near beginners tackling even the hardest of obstacles and trails. Mountain biking takes years to master but here at Switchbacks we have 30 years of teaching people how to ride. In a few days you will learn years of experience.

Bike N' Board

Imagine a day where you start out skiing at 3400ms and finish it riding your mountain bike on the beach some 75kms later...

Take me there

The trails

The trails of Sierra Nevada (Las Alpujarra), are a true mountain bikers dream come reality. Located in the highest mountain range in Spain with views of Morocco to the south beyond the Mediterranean and an endless variety of trails and excellent local food, Las Alpujarra is an undiscovered mtbers paradise. All our trails are on singletrack with some fire road climbs but the majority of the ups are in our Merc Sprinters – of course if you love the climb then we can alter the amount of shuttling we provide.

We have a fantastic selection of around 40 mountain biking singletrack runs ranging in length from 3 mins right up to 5 hours! The first days mountain biking always starts out on easy fast flowing trails that as the day progresses will get slightly more technical. The rest of the week can be customised to your level of mountain biking.

Sierra Nevada offers a huge variety of different surfaces and conditions. From forest to sand and rock to open fields and even snow at higher altitudes. Many of the trails are 1000s of years old, passing through abandoned villages, orchards and olive groves.

Our trails are coded from blue to black. The majority of days will include all three levels with a steady development to red/black runs as the week progresses. For those worried about the black runs we offer free mountain biking skills tuition where we can show you a few simple techniques that will get even beginners riding the most advanced mountain biking trail conditions by mid-week.

We enjoy a 90% customer return rate come and join us and see what you are missing!

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Testimonials

  • " MTB friends, you need to check out Switchbacks in Southern Spain. Great people, great trails. Really natural, long, guided single track fun. Completely different to anything else I have ridden. Many thanks to Michael, West and Lucky for making it amazing. The only bad part was having to return to real life afterwards. I'm sure we will be back. "

    - S Leak

  • " Absolute belter of a time. Stayed for a week. Handy airport transfer up to the location. The villa is comfy and perfect to prep and come back to after many KM's and the trails and trail knowledge from the guide was first class. Covering the local trails and further afield. Feel stronger and that my riding has definitely improved in the short time that I was there.  Would book again. "

    - H. Davis

  • " Just did a day when over for a wedding nearby and I was very impressed. Technical and fast red routes with nice flowey single track inbetween. Mike was a great guide considering my fitness was not the best and I would decide to go all mountain without notice! Will certainly look to venture back again for a week and check out proper. "

    - S. Stapleton

  • " Whenever you want a great enduro ride in a fantastic and challenging area go to Sierra Nevada Switchbacks and you will enjoy it- thanks to Michael as he is a great guide and teacher We stayed for 3 days only for a private shuttled tour. We ride trails I thought I would never ride but I rocked them all as Michael was a fantastic motivating coach and teacher, to strength my skills and confidence. The trails are not appropriate for beginners - sometimes rocky sometimes loose and sometimes very flowy. Michael spend a lot of his time searching for new trails and to maintain them In a nutshell: definitely a place worth to visit! "

    - C. Holz

  • " Just got back from my third trip out in Bubion ... amazing trip yet again ... so much so I have already booked myself in for another trip this year! Already counting the days ... "

    - T Gowing

  • " Hi Michael,
    Just wanted to say thanks for a very memorable week. We all had an absolutely brilliant time and will definitely be back!
    We've spread the good word around the club we're members of made them very jealous with the photos. Think you'll get a group or two next year from them as well!
    "

    - A Moorby

  • " Just returned from an amazing week with these guys. From start to finish, the experience was top drawer. The digs are excellent in a lovely ancient little town. There are a few places to eat and you can be out all night for about €20 so it's very cheap. The routes are varying in terms of how much effort you need to put in - you'll actually be "loving" the climbs but mostly because they get you to amazing downhills that simply cannot often be reached by road. Very happy to recommend and expect I will return again in the not too distant future. "

    - B Elder

  • " Excellent 4 days of riding. Loved all the different trails. Mike and guys are top lads and will definitely be back. Even got me a lid sorted because I forgot to pack mine� thanks again lads. See u soon "

    - Daryl Hawthorne

  • " Great variety of trails, great guides, great atmosphere and great weather. We spent a week with Switchbacks this March/April (20 degrees in Spain). They have a villa where you can stay for the duration of your trip; it has a large bike workshop where all the bikes are stored and there’s a lovely atmosphere (you are around other riders). There are other facilities - I believe there was a pool at the back of the property - and table tennis tables etc. The villa is in a great location, just a minute’s pedal from a local bike shop (which is super cheap and really fast) and close to restaurants etc. We actually stayed at a hotel nearby and left the bikes at the Villa, because we had family with us who weren’t riding. Each morning we would meet at about 9:15 at the villa and then load up the vans. The vans don’t use those bike trailers, instead putting the bikes inside. This was actually great, because the bikes didn’t get rubbed as much and at the end of the day when you’re really tired you don’t have to lift your bike; the guide will put the bike in the van for you. I use the term ‘guide’ loosely, because all the guys who acted as our guides were more of a fellow rider than the stand-alone guide. Of course, they knew the tracks and were there to give tuition if needed, but they acted as a friend and were all great riding companions. There’s no pressure to be super fast and they can help recommend which trails are best based on how your ride - you’ll be a much better rider by the end of your holiday because the tracks get gradually more challenging as you adapt to the terrain (if you wanted to stay on the easier trails, that would be fine too). I really can’t fault any of the guys who guided us. The tracks were mostly super rocky, but there were also some really smooth and flowy trails. Just tell Michael what you like and you’ll get to ride it! They took two vans each day, often to different locations, so you could pick which tracks to ride (to a certain extent). Because you are with a group, the guides have to cater for everyone’s preferences. This means you won’t ride your favourite trail every day, but that didn’t matter at all: all the tracks were amazing. Lunch is either at a restaurant (we went to a wonderful and very reasonably priced Pizzeria loads of times) or some stuff from the supermarket (some cheese etc). Either way it’s lovely. Each day you get back to the villa at about 5 and may then have to spend a little while checking over or fixing your bike because the terrain is so brutal. To avoid this, bring a load of spares along in your airport bike bag (assuming you’re taking your own bike): loads of tubes, chain, gear cable, brake pads, hanger etc. When you’re riding, put a ton of pressure in your tires (within reason) and maybe bring some spare thicker grips for if your fingers get painful (because of the rough tracks). We found the website a little confusing, but if you keep digging around there's loads of advice on what to bring and how to prepare. A friend of mine had a nasty crash whilst we were there and it was dealt with very professionally. Within seconds all the guides were made aware of the situation and transport to the hospital was organised. The van had a first aid kit in it and the guide was really competent and organised when helping after the crash. I rode on a DH bike, but everyone else was on enduro rigs. Whatever you ride, there’s something there for you to enjoy, including climbing if you would like to. There are a few tracks with some large jumps if that’s what you like, but most are of a more technical style. Regardless, there’s never any traffic on the tracks: it’s just you and the rest of the switchbacks guys. It’s worth noting that the length of the tracks is phenomenal; in just one run I would get more descent than I would in a weekend back in the UK. Long tracks are split into sections so if you wish you can regroup and take a well earned break. A huge thanks to Michael and West for making our week so enjoyable: we’ll be back! "

    - Harry Markes

  • " Best weeks riding I've ever done ,will be back soon ! "

    - Tom White

  • " Great Weather Great food Great Beer Great Biking Great Company best holiday ever!! "

    - Mark Tempest

  • " Excellent week with Mike and Wes, great weeks riding "

    - Vince Tolhurst

  • " Thanks for a great introduction to a new world of cycling! We'll be back! "

    - Anne-Lise Katle

  • " ****** 6 Stars from me Amazing place to ride cool place to visit Guides and tracks are equally insane had such a blast Food was amazing have a good choice Accommodation was perfect with a good selection for breakfast Highly recommend the gang at switchbacks will be back soon "

    - Mark Chambers

  • " These guys know how to cater for your MTB obsession! Uplifted to the best point for you to warm up, get ready, then spend the whole day riding some great natural trails. Uplifted just when you need it, beautiful scenery all the way and great banter from probably the craziest MTB loving Canadian I've even had the pleasure to meet. Can't recommend it enough and looking forward to what the next few days has In store for us. "

    - Matt Pocock

  • " Another great time riding the trails around Bubion.... thanks Mike & The gang from Switchbacks "

    - Patrick Leonard

  • " We have just returned from an amazing week with Michael and his team. The trip was all we expected and more.. the trails are simply stunning and quite challenging on varied terrain. We as a group cannot wait to go back,,, Thank you Michael for such a great week! "

    - Paul Andrews ‘Archie’

  • " Good accomodation, great rides and awesome guides.. I'll be back with a fresh knee next year! "

    - David Jäderberg

  • " Excellent 4 days of riding. Loved all the different trails. Mike and guys are top lads and will definitely be back. Even got me a lid sorted because I forgot to pack mine� thanks again lads. See u soon "

    - Daryl Hawthorne

  • " Spent a rainy day with Switchbacks just now. Absolutely bang on, will definitely come again for a longer stay! "

    - Petri Sysilahti

  • " Verry positive experience. Doubt you can find a better package deal. Everything was just perfect. There is something for everyone, shuttle rides og more pedaly enduro rides which my group especially likes. You will also end up meeting alot of great people :) Traveling alone seems to be no problem as well. Im already thinking that I need to come back nest winter "

    - Alice Grindheim

  • " My best vacation ever �! Awesome biking and trails, awesome new friends, social evenings and the best guide you can imagine! Thanks again Michael! "

    - Trygve Aarnæs Nyborg

  • " Perfect place to spend your vacation! If you want new friends, endless dusty trails and good service?! Switchbacks it is "

    - Hilde Sangesland Strædet

  • " Good. So good. Totally awesome. Sublime. Go there, ASAP. You'll love it and you know it. "

    - Valtteri Juntunen

  • " Awesome. Some of the best riding I've ever done. We did 4 days with Michael and his team and it was Awesome. Sunshine and uplift mixed with loose, fast, dry, rocky, smooth, gnarly, techy, Flowy awesomeness! They have it all. No faff here.... Michael is a legend, we will be back. Did I mention it was awesome "

    - Gavin Hughes

  • " If you're looking for a guided MTB break in southern Spain then look no further than Switchbacks! Great service, heaps of fun and awesome riding! Cheers guys for a great few days. "

    - Martin Ogle

  • " One day back in the office after four days with Switchbacks all I wanna do is go back. Great times, loose lines and lots of winter sunshine. Thanks to the whole Switchbacks crew! "

    - Dave Mason

  • " I have stayed with Switchbacks for two years now, in Málaga and i cannot stop coming back! The riding is loose, rocky and wild. The weather is invariably good through the winter and the uplifts are brilliant! it has been great meeting so many like minded riders in the shared villa too, making new friends from all over the world has been one of the highlights. The basement workshop is super handy and the staff are lovely. There is an independent vibe here though, you have time to explore, chill and do your own thing which is perfect. Thanks for all the Good times. I have become a better rider because of it "

    - Anna Glowinski

  • " Just home from a fantastic week of superb riding with Michael and the gang,can't wait to get back "

    - Davie Peacock

  • " Excellent week with Micheal at Switchbacks. Fantastic trails, with the right balance of peddling and uplift . Well organised week and an extremely accommodating host . Definitely be back ! "

    - Charlie Goldie

  • " Great experience! Lot of great trails in biker heaven 4 days was amazing! Hope we will see again! "

    - Anttoni Kumpunen

  • " sick few days on some rad trails with killer views. 10/10 would shred here again "

    - Andy Hood

  • " A huge thank you to everyone at switch backs for this weekend!!! Can't wait to get back again. Thanks brooooo "

    - Martin Kelly

  • " Awesome trails and really well organised - can't recommend them enough "

    - Lee Reveley

  • " Thanks to Michael and his crew for a perfect week. A mix of challenging and fast single track combined with local food, small villages and cold beer. Bubion and surroundings are genuine and beautiful. Dual ply tires are not overkill! "

    - Torkild Stjernesund

  • " Awesome riding out here! Like nowhere else. Guaranteed to make you a better rider all whilst out in the Spanish sun �! "

    - Lewis Saunders

  • " Great times in Bubion, trails are fantastic and the operation is slick, too many highlights to list as all is top notch...although one could be the potato sandwich for breakfast. 2nd visit and not the last, may even give the Malaperience a go! Cheers Michael and gang "

    - Linden Farrow

  • " Sun & singletrack makes for a memorable experience! Great location, challenging, raw, inspiring and cheap! Thx M, Wes, Lucky & Robin. See you again for sure! "

    - Nik Senior

  • "
    Just wanted to thank you to you, Lucky and Westley for a fantastic experience once again.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the riding, hospitality and of course the guiding!
    We all ride with good groups of people back here and always sharing information on places to ride and will continue to recommend your services...and the new winter enduro riding in Malaga!!
    "

    - L. Farrow

  • " Still the best place to go in Europe without question. Any mountain biker has to experience the real world trails out there. Simply awesome! "

    - Mike Shawcross

  • " Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the most awesome biking holiday ever - it ticked every box for us, we loved every minute, on & off the bike. Great people, great trails, great vibes, couldn't've asked for more. "

    - Adi and mates review

  • " Unreal. Mike, West, Fran, Lucky. All the lads. Making dreams come true and picking trails that will ordenar los hombres de los niños. Irish boys in Spain, tearing up trails, booting booters, doubling doubles, sending senders, blowing minds and freaking out squares. I've been on lots of bike holidays. Switchbacks is epic, unique and boss. Do it. And do it now. "

    - Luke´s review

  • " Hey Mike, just wanted to put together a few words to say a big big thanks for a totally brilliant experience. Full on, exciting and fun fun fun. Never laughed so much………. Cheers "

    - Jim Prince

  • " Great Weather Great food Great Beer Great Biking Great Company best holiday ever!! "

    - Mark Tempest

  • " So much fun! Such great guys! Best trails Ive ever ridden! I'll be back. "

    - Neil Dyer

  • " Excellent few days in Bubion with the Switchbacks team. Greatly improved my riding on a whole mix of fast flowing, steep descending, and technical trails. Thanks again for the riding tips Michael, West, and Andy. "

    - Mark Hestford

  • " Hi Switchbacks - absolutely awesome time. Thank you so much for your time and guiding - absolutely loved every second and will definitely be recommending you to everyone. "

    - Pat Marshall

  • " Thanks for the great vacation. I truly enjoyed every ride, uphills and downhills ;) I definitely will be back and can highly recommend this to anybody looking for real mountain biking! "

    - Flying Finns Report

  • " Just wanted to say we had another awesome week with you in Bubion and have not stopped telling our friends about it for the last few weeks. Consequently, I believe we have persuaded our friends Mark and David to come along next year. Charlie "

    - Bubion Feedback as great as ever.

  • " Quite possibly the best XC/Freeride-lite trails we have ever ridden. One can learn more about riding a bike here in a week, than in several years elsewhere. "

    - Bike Magazine

  • " Superbly tough technical riding, empty trails and mostly downhill with straight forward climbs. I've biked in Les Gets, Morzine, Lake Garda, Kenya and all over the UK. This place beats them all. I'll be back. Just need to convince my poor exhausted bike to come too! :) "

    - John Ingham

  • " Sian and I wanted to say a big thank you for giving us such a fantastic week, we seriously cannot think of one thing that would have improved our time out in Bubion with you. We thought that the organisation, accommodation and most of all yours and Robin’s fantastic attitude and tuition really made our holiday. We’ve both come away eager to try out all the new skills we’ve learnt, despite the fact that the local trails are going to be a little poor in comparison. Thanks again for such a great week, and can’t wait to see you next year for another go! "

    - Matt Perrins

  • " Brilliant riding and at places not for the faint of heart. These guys take novice to semi-advanced riders and send them home as confident, switchback-sliding, altitude-trained legends. "

    - MBUK

  • " The incredible mixture of natural singletrack, rock gardens and flow will keep every rider happy! "

    - Gee Atherton

  • " If you have never been to switchbacks put it on your bucket list , runs are awesome especially the ridiculator , soooooo good , and mike who runs it , makes it special , been twice to benalmadena . Top runs (911 rock gardens , then the gardens are farms fu**ing long ) pizza in the town and beer is €1.50 a pint it all adds up to a trip and a half . And unlike the Alps it's well let's say discreet, like your on a invite only. So go go go . "

    - Thanks for the review Lee

  • " Just a quick line to thank you for a fantastic couple of days with you and your team in Bubion. We are really impressed with the amount of riding we managed to cram into our short break aswel as the laid back "out riding with mates" feel to your operation. Hopefully we'll see you all again one day for more trails and tapas either in Bubion or down in Benalmadena. "

    - Stu