When last did you have an adventure on your bike? Orbea’s Trail Tales take us on an exciting journey of global discovery, showcasing interesting regions, people and initiatives, and the colourful diversity of the international bike community. In the final episode, we’re invited to explore the alpine heights of the Pyrenees.

The Call of the High Ways

While it might sound like a film about American truckers, Orbea’s final instalment of the Trail Tales series features the Pyrenees’ finest trails and the story behind them. The mountain range between France and Spain stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and with peaks of up to 3400 m above sea level, they venture into high alpine terrain. Àngel, Maia and Javier have made it their mission to maintain the high-altitude paths of the Pyrenees and make them accessible by bike before nature reclaims them. The roads were once used to transport timber or flee into exile during the Spanish Civil War. Since the paths are now rarely used, they’re slowly being forgotten. But before these historic trails get lost, they’re now being maintained once more and made rideable for the likes of you and me.

Step into the beautiful world of the Pyrenees with Orbea and follow the mystical trails to see the breathtaking views and landscapes that await beyond every summit!

Orbea’s Trail Tales do more than just convey adrenaline-filled shots, taking us behind the scenes and into the midst of the global bike community. The final episode shows us the passion that goes into the trails of the Pyrenees and the steadily growing community! All episodes are available on Orbea’s YouTube channel or at orbea.com. For updates, follow Trail Tales on Instagram. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to ride one of the showcased regions and bring home many exciting stories of your own!

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Words: Julian Schwede Photos: Orbea

About the author

Julian Schwede

Juli is used to dealing with big rigs. Besides working on his bike, he also tinkered and worked on buses after completing his training as a vehicle mechatronics engineer. Since the development of large-scale electric motors was too slow for him, he went on to study technical business administration while building carbon fibre tables on the side. Though his DJ bike is welded from thick aluminium tubes, his full-susser is made of carbon and it's already taken him to the top of numerous summits. Apart from biking, he likes climbing via ferratas or vertically on the wall. Nowadays, his personal bike gets ridden less as he tests the bikes that get sent to us, pushing them to their limits to see what they're capable of. In addition to bike reviews, Juli also takes care of the daily news and thinks of himself as the Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.