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    New question here. Input on a MTB trip to Spain...

    Moving this thread from the Europe sub forum, I don't think it gets many views. Mods please delete the redundant thread If you see fit...
    My wife and I will be incorporating Mountain biking into our trip to Europe this year. We will be spending 5 days at a bike resort called Pure Mountains in Bérchules. The website is here:
    Luxury mountain bike holidays, with exhilarating trail riding, beautiful farmhouse accommodation and delicious food, in the wonderful wilderness of Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains. | Pure Mountains
    We will be there around January 1st , and being Florida riders, not 100% sure what to expect. I am not concerned about the skill level, but I am somewhat unsure about the climate. We travel at this time because my work slows down and less tourist volume. I am from Rhode Island and my wife lived in Buffalo and Maine, so we can handle cold when absolutely necessary.
    I have been studying the weather averages for the region at this time of year,( max 56F, low 32F, -1.2 " rain a day ) and I feel that I am buying appropriate layered clothing with rain protection. Base wicking layer, insulating layers, windbreak, and rain.Also tights and downhill racer style pants. Any input from someone who has ridden there would be appreciated. I also have no idea how 4000' altitude will affect someone who rides at sea level all the time. The rides are about 5 hours a day. We are renting bikes there to avoid the hassle and expense ( and anxiety) of traveling or shipping bikes, plus we will be all around Spain for two weeks. They rent Giant Trance X0s,Trance X 0 (2012) - Bikes | Giant Bicycles | UK / Ireland
    which I'm sure are really nice, they recommend bringing your own saddle and pedals, I might bring my 50mm stem.
    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. - Nat
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    I rode in a similar area with FreeRideSpain back in about 2005. It was late August. I've been to Malaga in Easter and Christmas. I do remember that the hosts at FRS said that in winter they can ski in the Sierras.

    When i was there at Christmas, I wasnt riding, and the temperature was jeans and jumper weather for me (and I don't get particularly cold)... so i guess for riding I'd be using a merino base layer under a riding top with a windproof vest ... maybe slightly more if you're doing a ride like we did that started halfway up the Sierras and went all the way down to the coast over four or five hours.

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    Thanks for the reply, I was thinking 2-3 good layers would be sufficient. I would just hate to be unprepared and freezing. My blood is pretty thin after 20 years in Florida...
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