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collado de Beixalis (Beixalis summit) - Andorra

collado de Beixalis (Beixalis summit)

Mountain Biking Andorra - Free Trails (#2)

[..cont from tip #1]

Cuando la pista pierde su caracteristico pendiente vemos, a la izquierda, las antenas que marcan el punto mas alto de la cresta, la cima de El Bony de les Neres. Poco mas de 50m antes de la cima hallamos un desvio (km 11.35) que sigue por la linea de cresta en direccion SW.
-- When the road looses its current characteristics, to the left is the mountain peak. A little more than 50m before which, we take the path along the ridge in SW direction (km 11.35). At this point your legs are hating you and you probably can't feel anything below your waist except for your pounding heartbeat.

Tomamos esta pista, que pronto se convierte en un sendero tecnico y, en algun tramo, intransitable, pero que seguro que recordaremos como uno de los descensos mas tecnicos y divertidos de nuestra carrera. Avanzando siempre por la cresta alcanzamos el collado de Beixalis, donde nos desviamos a la deracha por una pista en muy buen estado.
-- Here the road quickly decends into one of the most technical downhills of the course. Always stay on the path following the crest. Take this until the path dumps you on the Summit of Beixalis. At this point, you should have already noted how stupid it was to ride down the hill without body armor. But I survived and will do it again... but thankfully my legs regained feeling, but I traded that for sore forearms of the downhill and braking.

Hallamos un desvio (km 20.78), donde tomamos el camino de la derecha hacia L'Aldosa. Al llegar al pueblo de L'Aldose, lo cruzamos y descendemos hasta el fondo del valle. A la derecha por la carretera principal, llegamos al punto de partida.
-- A right turn at km 20.78 which will take you to L'Aldosa, take another right and return to the point of origin. At the summit, you should pay attention to the sides of the road. Just like the last 2km of downhill, there will be downhill portions through the woods identified with Yellow painted markers.

Equipment: see tip #1

Directions: see tip #1

Theme: Biking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2008
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From the top of El Bony de les Neres - Andorra

From the top of El Bony de les Neres

Mountain Biking Andorra - Free Trails (#1)

For those of you with more gusto (or shallower pockets) and do not wish to pay for the ticket to go up the cable car (telecabin), I suggest that you go to a sports store and pick up a decent Alpine Edition / Excursion Map.

I did the trails at Vallnord, and decided to try a few of the MTT (mountain bike) routes suggested in my excursion map/guide. If you are an advanced rider in good shape, I recommend the following route:
Origininal spanish black (my translations for spanish in blue & comments in green)

De Ordino a El Bony de les Neres
23.8 km / Dificulty : alta (high) / Disnevel 935m

Iniciamous el itinerario en la rotonda de la entrada del pueblo en su acceso por el S. A su deracha nace la carretera del collado de Ordino y Canillo, tal como indica un cartel. Seguimos esta carretera, que gana altitude de manera constante.
-- We start at the rotonda of the town. Take the direction of Ordino & Canillo. On this road you will gain altitude constantly. Yeah, what they forgot to tell you is that constantly means 7%+ for 9km

Casi 700m mas elevado, en el punto quilometrico 9.75, y justo antes del de llegar al collado, parte a la derecha una pista que se adentra el el bosque. Tomamos este camino que, en algun tramo, debido a su fuerte pendiente, nos obliga a bajar de la bicicleta.
-- After 700m vertical climb, at 9.75km, just before the summit, on the right is a meadow. Take the path to the right, through the meadow. You will need to pedal strong. Again, as if 10km of a climb did not tire you, you know have another ~2km of a climb, this time in dirt.

[continued on tip #2]

Equipment: Obviously a bike, helmet and plenty of water are a must.
Depending on the trail you choose, additional safety measures may be required.

Address: Anywhere and everywhere

Directions: Many to choose from. The one I described above starts in the center of Ordino.

Theme: Biking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2006
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Vall Nord Bike Trail Map - Andorra

Vall Nord Bike Trail Map

Mountain Biking Andorra - Vallnord

Hiking and mountain biking are two of the best summer activities in Andorra.

Some of the ski areas offer one-ride and day passes up the mountain, which allows you to access numerous x-country trails as well as downhills.

The La Massana Gondola costs 18 Eur for all day (12 Eur child). Reduced rates are available for multiple days.

The Vallnord Bike Park is a good place to ride for all levels of riders. The park is free of charge, only cost is the cable car.

The web page below offers very good maps and descriptions of the trails. Language is Spanish, English, Catalan.

Equipment: If you need equipment, Viladomat in La Massana is worth a stop.

Directions: Center of La Massana (half way between Andorra la Vella and Ordino)

Theme: Biking


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2006
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