Photo diary: Gorillas in the Sierra Nevada

April 2016: After the long, dark winter of 2015/2016, a week in the spectacular Sierra Nevada, Andalusia, Spain was just what we all needed.

7 days, 21 Gorillas, 520 miles, 40,000ft of climbing, 34 hours in the saddle and many more hours of sun, countless beers, cakes, and clif bars.

Here’s a little photo diary of some of The Gorilla Firm’s highlights. Huge thanks to Justine for making it all happen and Jimmy for being our on-hand bike mechanical and generally all-round good guy.

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Arriving at the villa, all eager to build bikes and explore in the sun

 

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Acclimatisation ride Gorilla-style involves a gentle spin down to the coast to locate the nearest and best bars. ¡Salud!

 

 

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Day 2, 20 miles at over 20mph along the coast to San Juan de Terreros makes for a very happy Katherine

 

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Climbing up out of Mojacar on the coast road with the team, reluctant to leave the Carbonaras descent for another day

 

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Up Bedar we go, what a climb!

 

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That’s a whole lotta Gorillas.

 

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About to hit the El Chive climb. A little more off-road than anticipated but a pretty epic one.

 

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Mick ‘the worm’ Cable. This man knows how to refuel up the mountain.

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Almost looking organised. That’s a first.

 

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Prizes for guessing who’s legs are who’s. La Virgen was pretty special.

 

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The legendary G. Gooding mastering the gravel on the poor Cipo.

 

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Another day, another ride. Living life in Paradise.

 

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Rest day = time for the belgian bar, Leffe Blond and a cheeky 100 miler, oops.

 

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The rain in Spain – you don’t get muddy, just really, really dusty.

 

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Fuelling up for another day in the mountains.

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Team Flouro!

 

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Some of us opted for a longer ride South into the remote mountains. It was totally worth it.

 

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Girls only – these Gorilla ladies are simply awesome.

 

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Team kit on point from Mojacar. Post obligatory-icecream.

 

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Wrapping up the week with Mexican night. The two litres of Tequila made things pretty entertaining…

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