Hopping Race, Trevelez – Andalusia – 4

The rest of the circuit is through narrow streets, past bakeries, shops, and cafes – the downhill section is fairly gentle and allows racers to gather their strength before the uphill.  The person who has won this race most often is Benjamin Ortega from nearby Juviles with eight victories between 1948 and 1963; he trainedContinue reading “Hopping Race, Trevelez – Andalusia – 4”

Hopping Race, Trvelez – Andalusia – 3

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ======== The steepest part of the course is at the southernmost edge of Trevelez where one 400-metre road connects the lower town with the upper town; this is the part ofContinue reading “Hopping Race, Trvelez – Andalusia – 3”

Hopping Race, Trevelez – Andalusia – 2

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ====== The record for the course is 4 hours 45 minutes by Lanjaron native Fernando Villa in 1969, one of the five times that he won the event during his career.Continue reading “Hopping Race, Trevelez – Andalusia – 2”

Hopping Race – Trevelez, Andalusia

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ========= Trevelez is a beautiful village in the Sierra Nevada mountains just to the south-east of Granada. This village is situated around 1,500 metres above sea level, making it the highestContinue reading “Hopping Race – Trevelez, Andalusia”

Las Alpujarras – Part 9

Now knowing my location, I headed through the conifers, down to the stream. The trees by the stream were swaying slightly as the water gurgled along by my side towards Trevelez. There was a café open in the oldest part of town. A beer disappeared in double-quick time. The smiling son of the owner broughtContinue reading “Las Alpujarras – Part 9”

Las Alpujarras – Part 8

  The glacial lakes became progressively bigger towards the head of the valley. The water flowed out of one into another creating a waterfall by the top of the path down to Trevelez. The terrain was quite barren, with the only green areas being around the lakes and the streams between them and these areasContinue reading “Las Alpujarras – Part 8”

Las Alpujarras – Part 7

The next morning horses’ hooves reverberated on the cobbles – cowboys still live and work in the highest valleys of Las Alpujarras; with herds on both hillsides they need all the help they can get. This final day’s walking was going to be the longest by far. The intention was to walk up Alcazaba, theContinue reading “Las Alpujarras – Part 7”

Las Alpujarras – Part 6

To walk off some of the calories, the following morning we hiked up another 1,000 metres to a small peak called Penabon. This ascent criss-crossed the hillside and went through the forest and across scree slopes before ending at the peak with uninterrupted views of the terraced hillsides, white villages, and the serrated sides ofContinue reading “Las Alpujarras – Part 6”

Las Alpujarras – Part 5

Around 4am the rain started soon followed by an extensive thunder and lightning storm. The power was cut at around 6am so breakfast was by candlelight. The trail heading from Bubion meandered up the hillside before descending to the village of Pitres. This is another suitable stop for a coffee and tapas of olives, bread,Continue reading “Las Alpujarras – Part 5”