50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - or how to start and end a ride in Ontinyent

If you've stayed in Denia or especially Calpe, you'll know that the start and end of rides quickly becomes repetitive and you find yourself retracing the same routes day in and day out, quickly racking up "junk miles" just to get to the good stuff. Starting inland from near Jalon is much better, Alcoy better still, but for sheer variety of options Ontinyent is unmatched. Here are some of the ways we start our rides within the limits of the town. We've only included a couple of the main gravel options, but have not included the myriad of variations through the different urbanisations. centre of town or the mountain bike options. These options generally cover the first 5-10Km or so and we'll cover the main routes and climbs in each direction in another article. .

1) Pou Clar to Fontanars Takes the the stunning valley road along the CV-655 to Fontanars passing the Pou Clar gorge and lakes as you head out of Ontinyent. A twisting beautiful road on perfect tarmac, with no cars and amazing views.

2) Clariano river gorge to Fontanars Follows the Clariano river bed in the centre of Ontinyent, taking you through the L'Ombria campo and vineyards for 6Km before joining the CV-655 to Fontanars. A twisting beautiful road on perfect tarmac, with no cars and amazing views.

3) Sant Rafael to Fontanars Takes the northern CV-660 from the Sant Rafael Barrio of Ontinyent to Fontanars. The steadier climb and faster descent back option. A beautiful road on perfect tarmac, with no cars and amazing views.

4 & 5) Sant Esteve Climb There are actually two main options starting in Ontinyent, that converge after about 1.5km to take the Sant Esteve left fork off the CV-655 to the summit of the climb.

6 & 7) Portixol Climb The main climb of the CV-665 to the north taking you over the Serra Grossa mountain range, descends to Vallada, Mogente and Aielo. We use the two main options for the first couple of Km out of Ontinyent, although there are more through the urbanisations of Santa Ana, El Pilar and Sant Rafael.

8) Port Bocairent The stunning gorge road taking the CV-81 from Ontinyent to Bocairent. One of the best roads in the whole region.

9) Agullent Valley One of the lesser known hidden gems, this a beautiful back country route on the Cami Vell Agullent, with options to take you via Albaida, Benissoda Azteneta and Agullent.

10) Avenida de Textil The wide Palm tree lined avenue that takes you 4km to East of Ontinyent, passing the Football ground and warehouse outlet shops of the local textile manufacturers. Fast, flat and fun!

10) Ermita Santa Ana climb An out and back climb of over 3km averaging nearly 4.5% passing the Santa Ana hermitage.

11) Cami Reial de Gandia A back country route on the CV-6640 taking you through local vineyards, olive and orange groves eastwards to Montverner and onwards to Lake Belus, Xativa and beyond.

12 & 13) Ontinyent to Aielo and Puerto Paller A route with two options that takes the CV-650 eastwards or the purpose built Cycle highway out of Ontinyent, before turning north after the Altet business of Park of Ontinyent, to join the Cv-651 and the climb of Puerto Paller.

14 & 15) Ontinyent to L'Olleria A route with two options, taking the CV-650 or Cycle highway out of Ontinyent, before turning north to join the CV-40 service road to he tclimb of Port L'Olleria towards Xativa and Canals or to L'Olleria itself.