My name is Simon Rice and my usual nickname on Internet forums is ‘Simon_100’ but I sometimes pop up as ‘The Spanish Biker’, which is the name of my blog where you can find all you need to know about independent traveling in Spain plus special guidelines for biking here, including details of off-road rules, etc. Although I’m not Spanish I’ve lived here for over twenty years – enough time to hardly feel ‘British’ anymore!!
My biking ‘career’ began in the early ‘seventies when British bikes ruled the roads – at least in Great Britain! – after a few years I went Japanese for a while before settling in to a long ‘affair’ with Italian metal, from exciting but unreliable single cylinder Ducati bikes, an outrageously expensive Laverda 750, before ending the decade plodding up and down to Sussex University on a Suzuki GT 500 two stroke twin – actually a wonderful bike! – with the occasional trip home to Shropshire with my girlfriend on the pillion – we’re still married …
At that time ‘adventures’ mainly consisted of seeing how many parties one could gatecrash over a weekend plus occasional breaks up to Wales or Scotland, usually camping in a field behind a welcoming pub … but this phase came to an end with mortgages, steady jobs, when when most bikers sold their machines and thought that was it over forever … until in 2009 to celebrate the big Five-0, five years cancer free and living in Spain I bought myself a modern ‘adventure’ bike, my BMW X-Country, which made access to trails feasible, even for a novice who hadn’t ridden more than a bicycle for nearly 30 years!
My interest is more to use trail riding as a means to an end, reaching amazing places, etc., rather than as an end in itself. Usually traveling alone and camping, at conventional sites but also making bivouac. But also traveling alone often leads to making friends along the way , very much in line with the TET’s ‘philosophy’.
The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.
Practical tips for trails you do not know;
REGION MAX NO IN GROUP MIN ROAD WIDTH MAX SPEED NOTES
ANDALUSIA (A) n/a n/a n/a n/a
ARAGON (A) 5 n/a 30kph Min 30 minutes between groups
ASTURIAS (AS) n/a n/a n/a n/a
BASQUE COUNTRY n/a n/a n/a n/a
CANTABRIA (CA) n/a n/a n/a n/a
CASTILLA-LA-MANCHA (CM) 3 4m 30kph CM1, CM2
CASTILLA Y LEÓN (CL) n/a n/a n/a CL1, CL2
CATALONIA (C) 7 4m* 30kph C1, C2
EXTREMADURA (EX) n/a n/a n/a n/a
GALICIA n/a n/a n/a G1
MADRID (M) n/a n/a n/a M1
MURCIA (MU) n/a n/a n/a n/a
NAVARRE (N) 10 2m 40kph N1, N2
LA RIOJA (LR) 5 n/a 20kph LR1
VALENCIA (V) n/a n/a n/a V1