Is a world-class Mountain Bike destination,
(whatever you want to call it)
Ainsa got a place in the world scene of MTB after being home of the Enduro World Series in 2015. It was rated as the best round of the year by Pinkbike. The confirmation of this statement comes in 2018, when the EWS landed for the second time in its trails. Both times, 2018 and 2015, was the 7th round, just before the last one on Finale Ligure.
DISCOVERING A SINGLE TRACK NETWORK
But the history of Ainsa’s mountain bike trail centre began in 2005, when a local group of people start to restore some trails, for biking or hiking use. The entire area was very well preserved, with no many roads or fire roads being made. So, they found a huge amount of trails to recuperate. And still growing…
Later on, Spring 2011, a group of local business owners founded the trail centre itself. They named it Zona Zero.
Nowadays Zona Zero has more than 50 defined routes, including more than 500 km of single-track. All of them were the old footpaths communicating villages, meadows, lands or the water sources of Sobrarbe, the name of Ainsa’s shire.
That’s the reason why the single-tracks here are so natural. These trails have been created by the passage of people, domestic or wild animal, in hundred, sometimes thousand of years. And then, restored for a group of people committed to preserving their original nature.
As a result, when you come here you get a huge network of trails for biking. Finding awesome sceneries, riding through the mountains, passing by old sometimes unpopulated villages or even a castle is a very ordinary act.
THE TRAILS ITSELF.
Aínsa’s single-tracks vary from rocky and technical in the sun exposed faces, to loamy and definitely more flow on the north faces. There the forest is much more frequent. Loose rocks aren’t rare, but there’s no a really technical or challenging terrain.
Many of the uphills are on single-track too. This fact makes Ainsa very particular. There’s many segments of not too steep and not too difficult narrow tracks where you will find yourself trying to clear the section. It’s really fun and a way to get the top of the hills without time to think of how hard is the climb¡ Never mind if you don’t really like this situation. The best part will be on the downhills.
That’s make one amazing place to ride with ebikes too. We are working to have one round of the EWS-E for the incoming years, finger cross.
After a few minutes pedaling from the village, is not impossible been in the middle of a film scenario. One deserted village, a mountain view, cycling in a riverbed, a deep forest or a Badland desert. Feeling nowhere here is a fact.
That’s Aínsa, the Zona Zero of MTB in Spain