Just back from 5 days in Spain, based around 3 days riding with Trailblazers. What a disappointment.
Had a pair of KTMs booked for me and my mate, was assured they'd be there for us. Had we not been promised the KTMs I'd have gone to Dust Devils in Marbella instead. Got there to find one 450exc and one WR450. Sllightly disappointing but I'm not that great a rider that it would make much difference so we just bit our tongues and got on with it.
Before we headed out we were told that the good trails on the mountain were shut due to fire hazard. This was 3 weeks after I made the booking and was advised that it would be more varied if we spent a day at Competa instead of every day at Mijas. So day one at Competa was to be spent pootling around a load of dusty mountain farm tracks, not exactly trail riding. Disappointing.
Stopped for petrol on the way out, my mate checked his tyre pressure (on a prepped up hire bike just out of the garage) - flat as a pancake, didn't even register on the gauge. Disappointing.
The pace could at best be described as very slow, possibly bordering on slow at times. Disappointing.
We wrote off day one, hoping that day two in Mijas would be better. We'd already decided that if day two was as poor as day one we'd be asking for a refund. We were joined by three more english fellas at Mijas for day two. 50 yards out of the garage and two of them are trying throtttle wheelies in the fairly busy village. We decided to hang back at the rear of the group out of the way.
The day went on, bit of roosting, bit of ripping, bit of crashing. Perfect! When the 3 other lads are helping me get my WR back on the trail after stacking it down a cliff the guide sudddenly tells my mate that the other 3 guys have been complaining about getting roosted twice and overtaken on a corner once. Why wait til that moment to tell us? Why tell the guide and not us? What did they think we'd say? Disappointing.
More throttle wheelies from them on the way home, coming close to stacking it about 2 bike lengths in front of me and bouncing all over the road.
Oh yeah, forgot to say there was a local authority 4x4 on the trail when we left the garge in the morning with a council official telling the guide not to ride the trails that day. He ignored him and rode the trails anyway. Made for better riding, but possibly an interesting claim to the travel insurers had anything caught fire!
The slowest rider from the other 3 got lost a couple of times. Did the guide or his mates go to look for him? No. My mate went back to get him and give him some riding tips to help him keep the pace. Disappointing.
So we got back to the garge and invited the guys for a beer to say thanks for helping pull the bike up the cliff. They refused. Ah well, no rules saying you need to be friendly. Guide said see you all tomorrow.
We turned up next morning to be told "there's a problem with the group, you're not riding today" to my mate. He asked if the guide thought he had been dangerous or reckless. "No, just a little bit fast" was the reply. Riding a 450exc a little bit fast on a mountain trail! Oh man! No wonder he was asked to leave! The guide then had the front to say that I was still going to ride. Oh yeah, I'll leave my mate on his own for the day while I go riding with these twats. Refund for me too please. "but you can still ride, there's no problem with you" was the guide's response. What kind of mate ditches his buddy to go riding with a load of twats? We went straight back to fuengirola, hired a pair of YBR125s from Motomercado and thrashed the shit out of them for the day instead. Did some trails, some mountain tarmac roads, took in the harbour at Puerto Banus and had some thrills riding round Fuengirola town at night too. Perfect!
All in all poorly maintained bikes (all the WRs were stalling all day and didn't like starting), poorly put together groups (total novice to enduro rider in same group), poorly planned routes, and a guide that has obviously lost his passion for what he does for a living. I'd never go back to trailblazers spain, would never recommend trailblazers spain, and don't expect trailblazers spain will be in existence for much longer unless the guide gets his love of bikes back, starts looking after his bikes and stops riding such piss poor trails. If you're considering going riding in Spain then don't use them unless you're a total novice trail rider that is used to riding on tarmac (cos there's plenty of that too). And make sure you get good travel insurance because you'll probably need it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review.
Are you kidding me!??!Hi sorry you had a bad experiance you could try Off-Road Dirtbike Enduro Trail Riding Motorcycle Tours in Spain Trailblazers SL they run beginner and experianced groups the bigger bikes are a mix of betas and shercos 450s