21 November, 2023
Living trails in the heart of the Pyrenees
Exploring the network of trails that wind through the Aragonese Pyrenees is the dream of any mountain bike lover. In them, the essence of this discipline reaches its peak when the journey is intertwined with the epic and the routes go deep into the most remote nature.
But to enjoy these journeys it takes passionate and committed people to share their love for these places; trail riders capable of making you love and connect with these trails.
As committed cyclists, we want to discover more trails and contribute to keep those trails in perfect condition
These groups lead initiatives to revitalize rural areas by offering attractive proposals for the cycling community, something that Orbea supports. As a cooperative, we believe in supporting social projects that contribute to positive change in local communities.
ORBEA’S SUPPORT REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT PART OF INCOME IN THESE AREAS
This year, thanks to our contribution, it has been possible to hire several people to maintain the trails in the area, strengthening the local economy and creating jobs.
The objectives of these associations follow the same path along which our ideals travel: actively collaborate to return part of the wealth generated to society, promote cycling as a means of transformation and preserve the environment, are just some of these goals.
SIERRA DE GUARA, CYCLING TERRITORY
In the heart of the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park, the largest protected area of Aragon, emerges a cycling paradise with an increasing international echo.
This fame is largely due to the work of Bguara Cycling Rocks, which since 2016 has been challenging the complexity of a fragmented territory forged by alliances between 4 comarcas, 15 town councils, 69 villages and numerous institutions.
This recognition extends to the dedication of volunteers and synergies with other neighboring cycling destinations, such as Zona Zero and Puro Pirineo. In fact, the three associations are members of MTB KINGDOMS, which groups together the main MTB areas in Huesca.
THE UNION OF MTB DESTINATIONS IS KEY. IT ALLOWS THEM TO FACE AND SOLVE COMMON PROBLEMS, SUCH AS THOSE RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION OR THE USE OF TRAILS BY CYCLISTS.
GUARDIANS OF THE ESSENCE OF THE BENASQUE VALLEY
Cooperation is also an important part of Puro Pirineo, another of the associations with which we collaborate.
In the mountains of Benasque, since its start in 2013 Puro Pirineo has brought together almost a hundred small entrepreneurs, the 9 municipalities of the valley and a vibrant local biker community. The latter includes the volunteer “guardians”, who are the heart and soul of this initiative.
In a territory with one of the lowest population densities in Europe, establishing a year-round population is a challenge. However, the collaboration of this group has generated a very positive impact, deseasonalizing tourism throughout the valley.
In the last decade many companies specializing in mountain biking have flourished: from shuttle services to stores, workshops and specialized guides.
Now, new and ambitious projects are on the horizon, such as the creation of a Bike Park, or a cycling path linking all the villages in the valley.
THE REVITALIZATION OF THE AREA THANKS TO MTB IS UNDENIABLE. PURO PIRINEO ESTIMATES ITS IMPACT ON BENASQUE AT MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION EUROS PER YEAR
SOBRARBE, ZONE ZERO OF MTB-ENDURO
For its part, Zona Zero Pirineos has transformed Sobrarbe into an epicenter of MTB-Enduro. The association, active since 2011 and composed of 150 establishments, has worked tirelessly to recover old paths and traditional cattle trails for the enjoyment of the biker community.
The recovery of these trails, coupled with the great historical and cultural heritage of the area, has boosted the number of cyclists in the region, especially in spring and autumn.
Their vision, focused on sustainable development, has attracted support. Among that, support from Orbea. Together we face challenges such as reinforcing their vast network of trails – there are already close to 200 of them – and expanding their project with new horizons.
This includes providing support to MTB professionals, increasing the workforce or promoting formal training, among other challenges.
These passion-driven projects are examples of how cycling can be a transformative force, connecting people with nature and revitalizing areas to offer a better future for generations to come.