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HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 2 weeks ago #557860

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Well it's that time again folks!

As you'll know from the 'Important changes at the HISS' Topic there will be three very different HISS Events in 2017. So this is the trip report for the inaugural HISS 'Challenge'

We've called it the 'Challenge' as that's exactly what it is! The event is in a spectacular, little known and 'remote' region. taking in the 'counties' of Gúdar-Javalambre and Maestrazgo in southern Teruel. Note that despite this remoteness the location of the event, see below, is only fifteen minutes form the A23 motorway that runs all the way from Sabiñánigo in the Pyrenees via Zaragoza and on to the coast at Sagunto.

So, what's the 'challenge' I hear you cry?

Well, there's the trails, of course. Given the varied terrain, the 'bleak' plateau of the Javalambre with it's striated stone outcrops over which the trails run to the Sierra de Júdar, which is mostly dense natural pine forest whose trails are prone to deep ruts, often in in peaty mud, and series's of steps made by the tree roots crossing the trail's path. All this in addition to the normal Spanish hazards such as wash outs, loose gravel - 'marbles' - and boulders -'babies' heads' - strewn more of less at random.

Navigating and the 'whole' experience: there are no useful printed maps of this region, unlike in Catalonia, so we make a 'monster map' - at considerable expense I might add! - with the trails marked up. This works in conjunction to detailed reference guides and 'field' guides for groups to take out with them. But it is important to have satnavs and be able to use them - with something like topoEspaña loaded - but despite this the landscape can be vert bewildering with few landmarks, many of which do not appear on the maps, or this that do appear don't exist in reality ...

Logistics: fuel and fodder is in short supply, including at the venue, so small bike riders will have to plan carefully as will 'minimalist' campers. The camping itself has a bar/restaurant which also does take away meals to order and has a small 'shop' for essentials - including beers of course! - and we will also have some facilities for ourselves, including a HQ room for the maps and guides, fridge(s)* and a BBQ so with a bit of organisation we can have a few parties ...

There are also bungalows in the camping area for the faint hearted and even some mini-apartment rooms down at the bar area.

The HISS events in general are challenging enough but this time we also have the weather; technically this HISS is in the last week of the Spring but in mid-June it is going to be hot!

Another important thing about the dates are that we will be running two HISS event back to back, so that folks can come to both ... and there's a 10% discount for this - off the full price too!

So, the price for the HISS Challenge is £125, with a £10 veteran's discount available. So a 'virgin' coming to both will pay £225 (125 + 125 - 25 = 225) whereas a 'veteran' would pay £165 (75 + 115 - 25 = 165) - and the camping is offering us a discount too!

I'll be mailing everyone who has confirmed their interest, so if you don't get one from me then get in touch now! You can contact me by PM, or the Contact page on my Blog. We need to use emails as in the fullness of time I send .gpx files for your satnavs

So, that's started the ball rolling! HISS 'porn' picks and more in the coming posts ...

Regs

Simon
* not that anyone should go away with the idea that the HISS is a p***-up ... but it might be a good idea to rent a few chill chests and loads of beer on a pay-as-you go basis as the bar is a long stagger uphill back to the camp ground - something that we know is anathema to the cream of British youth



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Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 2 weeks ago #557862

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A few picks to set the ball rolling - sorry if you've seen them before but I ned time to browse my Mac for others:





The photos were taken from this trail, which starts about two kms from the camping, in fact there are about five trails that start within five kms that quickly branch out ...



Regs

Simon



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Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 2 weeks ago #557866

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Many of the trails were tried and tested on the HUMM last October ...



... but that event was restricted to just the Gúdar-Javalambre area, about 60% of the HISS territory. For that event alone I clocked up about 1,500 kms of trails - OK there was some duplication as you have to use some trails to find even more trails and there was a fair amount of getting lost - all part of the fun!



There we several 'full-on' teams on the HUMM, veteran 'winners' of several HUMMs in the Pyrenees (the HUMM is a competitive event, totally opposite to the HISS in almost every respect: if for you 'challenge' = 'competition' then the HUMM in October 2017 is the place for you) who described the trails as "... more spectacular and challenging than anything we rode in the Pyrenees!"



"You rated that trail as Five out of Five, I'd say Ten out of Five!"



Not forgetting Adventure Bike ladies ... Actually this 660 XT was rented locally, thee of these might be available at the HISS - please enquire asap if you're interested.

Regs

Simon



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Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 2 weeks ago #557869

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OK, back to the trails - and the 'extended' HISS territory:



'Typical' of the Maestrazgo region ...



.. who said there is no mud in Spain?



POI's galore ...



... water, water everywhere ...



... and did I mention spectacular scenery?



...and trails ...



... and, er, scenery!



.. and who knows, maybe we'll have Skippy as 'barman' once again - but in a different bar!

OK, that's al for now, must build a shed while the sun shines ...

Regs

Simon



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Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 2 weeks ago #557870

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Skippy and the owner both as mad as a box of frogs they both made the evenings in that bar

cheers Spud
Life... it's not a dress rehearsal

You don't waste time... you waste yourself

Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 1 week, 6 days ago #558100

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Redmurty wrote:
Skippy and the owner both as mad as a box of frogs they both made the evenings in that bar

cheers Spud


Ha ha, never a more true word Spud:



Polly's phavourite phrase is "Crafty as a cartload of monkeys!" No prizes for guessing her Chinese horoscope sign ...

Regs

Simon

PS are you going to honour us with your esteemed presence this year?



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Last Edit: 1 week, 6 days ago by The Spanish Biker.

Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 1 week, 6 days ago #558142

great place and fantastic trails, some of the worst food ever served to mankind, constant bull fighting on tv whats not to love.... and the small matter of spanish arm pit in the air !!!.

Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 1 week, 6 days ago #558189

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halfpint wrote:
great place and fantastic trails, some of the worst food ever served to mankind, constant bull fighting on tv whats not to love.... and the small matter of spanish arm pit in the air !!!.


You were lucky! We stayed on for a few days after the HISS and one fine day walked down to the bar to see gasp's dungarees hanging on the washing line - we entered with me trepidation ...

Regs

Simon

PS I thought the grub was ace - bloomin' Brits abroad ...



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*High Intensity Sojourns in Spain

Re: HISS Challenge Event 2017 - the 'Official' Ride Report! 1 week, 6 days ago #558193

egg and chips and oil with more oil. and a side dish of oil sad if thats the best they can do .at least it shot through you fast by the time you walked up the hill it was ready to leave !!the best moment was when the bull won and had the matador justice .

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halfpint wrote:
egg and chips and oil with more oil. and a side dish of oil sad if thats the best they can do .at least it shot through you fast by the time you walked up the hill it was ready to leave !!the best moment was when the bull won and had the matador justice .


+1 about the matador - can't stand La Corrida and I'm glad it's banned where I live in Catalonia - but at least we didn't get the bull's 'precious' bits on the menu ...

Maybe we'll have to organise a grate-tour for you Pete:



Regs

Simon



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