love of two passions
For 2021 we've added Cycling Photography holidays to our catalogue, in addition to the cycling packages and photography packages we're known for.
We run photography workshops and holidays for beginners, landscape enthusiasts and more experienced photographers who visit for the amazing landscapes, ancient towns, wildlife and architecture.
We run road and mountain bike cycling trips, from training camps to relaxed sightseeing tours.
Our Cycling Photography escapes bring these two passions together, to take in some of the most fantastic routes and rides to shoot the most iconic locations of the region.
road cycling photography
We've worked hard to strike the right balance between time spent shooting and time spent riding, what equipment to carry and the practicalities of making it to the perfect location in great light.
The cycling is based upon our Regular Rider routes, adapted to give us time to get to the destinations and time to shoot when we arrive. We'll stay longer at some places to get that perfect shot. Of course, there are challenging to climbs to conquer too.
There will be opportunities to shoot amazing landscapes and waterfalls in the Serra Mariola National Park, street and photo reportage in historic towns such as Xativa, Bocairent, Architecture in the Valencia City of Arts & Science, Cycling Portraits in our Photo studio.
See our blog for more details and how the week typically runs on a day to basis
There will be time in the evenings to share photos and feedback too.
what to bring or hire
We have separate articles on our blog for camera kit and carrying recommendations and will provide full details prior to departure, but here are the recommendations for the week
SPD pedals and Touring style shoes you can walk in - Not carbon-soled shoes and race cleats
Smaller camera and lens - not a full-frame DSLR and 2.8 Zoom Lenses e.g. we use Micro Four Thirds and Sony A7
Lens options: wide lens, a standard lens and a telephoto - e.g. Sony 16-35 F4, Sony 28mm, Samyang 18mm, Leica 12-60, Panasonic 35-100.
Camera specific shoulder bag - we use a Thinktank Turnstyle
Handlebar bag - we use Ortlieb Ultimate Six
Best road bike - with 25 or 28c Tyres
Mobile or tablet for Photo editing
Hire one of our Cannondale Road bikes
Ortielb Ultimate Six bag or Think Tank bag
Miggo waterproof holster
Coming soon Richoh GRIII and Panasonic Lumix G cameras
We can also provide a bespoke week for you or your group and can personalise around your requirements and fitness levels.
Day 01 Arrival & welcome reception
Day 02 Tuscany of Valencia 40-70km
Day 03 longer Bocairent ride 60-80 km
Day 04 longest ride Serra Mariola 80km plus
Day 05 Rest day / excursion
Day 06 Gandia 80-120km
Day 07 Font Roja 100km
Day 08 depart
*optional rest day or sightseeing
The itinerary is indicative of the planned week, it may be adapted according to your arrival and departure flights, local conditions, and to the level of the group - enabling riders to get the best out of their week.
Tuscany of Valencia
An easier day on the bke cycling in the stunning vall d'Albaida, with a route that takes in rolling vineyards and gentle climbs. We have the opportunity to visit Bodegas that still pick organic grapes by hand and cellar wine in amphora.
To the south of Ontinyent lies the Serra Agullent and Serra Mariola mountains, where we find Bocairent, one of the most beautiful villages in the region. We climb the stunning gorge linking the two towns and ride thrpugh the National Park. There are hermitages, ancient fonts mountains peaks approaching 1500m and a chance to explore the town on foot enjoy a coffe and shoot some street ohotography too.
From Ontinyent and over the Serra Agullent and Serra Mariola range we find Carrascal de Font Roja, another stunning national park and perhaps the most beautiful to ride through, as it affords great views of the Serra Mariola too.
We stop in Alcoy for coffee and have the chance to shoot the amazing 'City of Bridges'.
Valencia City of Arts
On our rest day we have the option visit Valencia, less than 1 hour way and have the chance to visit the Central Market and the City of Arts & Sciences, which is truly a photographers dream.
A ride to the coastal areas of Albufera and Gandia, to the South of Valencia.
Set to the east of Ontinyent in the spectacular Ombria de Benicadell park, beneath the limestone slopes of the Benicadell mountain, these routes provide some of the best views of the Vall d'Albaida and the Carricola valley.
We ride the foothills of the Serra Mariola and visit the mountain town of Agres before heading to the stunning Carricola valley in the shadow of the Benicadell.
We have an option to ride to Xatva to finish the week in style and shoot the majestic castle at sunset