Riders of the Lost trail was created and established at the beginning of 2009. It is based in Cortes de la Frontera, which is nestled in the inland mountains of Southern Andalucia, Spain. This pretty little white village lies one and a half hours away from Malaga and the Costa del Sol, and represents the archetypal rural Spanish village.
Phil Wood is the founder and leading guide of Riders of the Lost Trail. Phil and his family moved to Cortes over 10 years ago, and has since, been getting to know the labyrinth of tracks and trails, that ‘criss-cross’ this beautiful part of Southern Spain.
Although Phil isn’t a seven times world enduro champion, he has ridden a variety of off-road bikes since his first Yamaha TY80 trials bike, when he was eight years old. Phil has an inside-out knowledge of the KTM EXC-F 350 that Riders of the Lost Trail uses, off-road riding technique, and has an intimate knowledge of the thousands of kilometers of the local trails that surround its base.
Apart from the bikes, Phil is fluent in Spanish, and has a detailed understanding of the local history, customs, and the flora and fauna that you are likely to encounter on one of Riders of the Lost Trail’s tours.
Richard Nash is Riders of the Lost Trail’s second guide. Rich moved to Cortes over eleven years ago, and bikes have always been a big part of his life. His knowledge of the area is great, and has spent many hours with Phil researching new routes.
Rich has a love affair with both road bikes (particularly his current ‘Fazer’), and with the off-road versions as well.
As well as guiding, Rich is Riders of the Lost Trail’s mechanic. His engineering background, teamed with his very detailed knowledge of the bikes, makes him boss of the workshop. Rich ensures that all of the bikes are always in tip-top condition, ready for each days riding challenges on the tracks and trails.
As well as the humans in the Riders of the Lost Trail team, we thought we should mention our trusty Landrover Defender. This tough all terrain vehicle is always on hand in case either a bike or a rider needs picking up whilst out on a days riding. Whilst this need is very rare, it is always good to know it is available.