WHO/ WHAT IS SWITCHBACKS?
For the nearly novice… Started in 2000 by Michael Saunders, Switchbacks is set up to cater for the novice to experienced mountain biker who doesn’t want to waste time on geriatric trails or fire roads. Our holidays are for riders who want to push themselves to new limits on technically demanding, twisting singletrack. If you are just starting out or want to improve your skills we can provide excellent coaching which will get you riding trails that you never thought you’d dare try. We are registered in Spain fulfilling all legal and insurance requirements, our official registration number is AT/GR/00087.
WHAT IS THE RIDING LIKE?
Mountainous and technical characterised by fast burmed sections, rocky chutes, endless singletrack and small drops (we don’t ride North Shore here). Your bike will have a good workout, as will your legs and lungs.
The best thing about the trails here is how you as a cyclist will improve. You may think that you have ridden great trails or had technically demanding rides but riding our trails day after day for a week will make you faster and much more technically capable, let alone making you want to come back for more!
WOMEN AND BEGINNERS AT SWITCHBACKS
We get regular enquiries from female riders and couples worried about the apparent ´extreme´ nature of our trails and that they might be ´too much´ for their skills. This is absolutely not the case and on the contrary with the appropriate coaching, a vast improvement in skills and confidence is what is found. ALL riders are pushed by some of the trails and/or corners here but the vast majority go away having overcome these and leave better mountain bikers.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE WILL I NEED?
An Enduro bike with minimum 5″ of travel or full-on DH bikes and a full face helmet.
DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN BIKE?
Riding in a new location with strange foreign surfaces means that we highly recommend you bring your own bike. But if not, we have a very small collection of bikes for hire. Please contact us for sizes and spec.
If you ride regularly, for example every other weekend then you will be fine. Technically capable riders will love riding our trails. If you are less experienced then we will customise the week for you accordingly.
We will ride easier trails that, as the week progresses, will increase in severity in relation to your skill. We can coach you on a few technical sections if you wish or session different trails day after day to master that particular kind of riding or fluidity. Although Switchbacks is aimed primarily at the more experienced rider, novices need not be frightened off. If you are willing to learn we will get you riding very difficult switchbacks, roll-ins and rocky sections which will improve your riding exponentially.
WHAT DOES MY MONEY PAY FOR?
Your money takes care of transfers to and from Malaga airport, back-up vehicle and shuttles throughout the week, accommodation, breakfast supplies, expert guiding, skills tuition (optional) and all shuttling.
CAN MY NON-CYCLING FRIENDS OR FAMILY COME?
Yes. There are plenty of activities for the non-MTBer such as walking, horse riding, lounge by the pool when or trips to the beach (your own hire car).
WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL INSURANCE DO I NEED?
For European citizens, a valid EHIC is required PLUS you will require insurance that covers you for extreme mtbing. We can recommend SnowCard.
IS THERE A SUPPORT VEHICLE
Yes. All runs are fully shuttled. This means you will be driven to the top and collected at the bottom again. Each vehicle has a tool box and track pump.
DO I HAVE TO RIDE EVERYDAY?
No. The week is catered for you and we will ride however much or little as you like. To see what a typical week looks like click here.
We are open year round for taking groups or individuals, but specifically in Malaga between the months November to end April. Please check out our Enduro site if you wish to join us between May and end October.