Basque Country

Back in May a small group of us visited the Basque Country in Spain for a spot of mountain biking. I’ve written about this holiday in more detail here: http://bungalistic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/a-week-with-basque-mtb.html so i’ll just give a few highlights in this little write up.

We had two glorious sunny days when we frst arrived, which Coley missed due to bringing his partners passport, and we sampled some classic routes that I have seen on the BAsque MTB blog and in one or two videos over the past few years. The trails were a mix of coastal paths with great views out to sea, some technical treats in the woods and some great ridgeline rides. There are no chairlifts in this area of Spain so most of our ascents were either pedalling or a little bit of hike a bike. Not too dissimilar to rides back home in The Lakes.

On the third day our missing companion joined us and so did the wet weather. The next few days were spent getting quite wet and muddy on some of the more technical trails on offer, they were a good mix of tight and steep but also the occasional nice bit of flow added into the mix too. Our last day of the holiday rained all day but we couldn’t not try go out. We didn’t ride much but what we did was ace, a really nice flowy trail in the trees called Celtic Flow and another with the very apt name Under Heavy Rain.

If you fancy something a little different from your average (though still great fun) trip to the Alps take a look at http://www.basquemtb.com/ Doug is a great guide and knows the area well and the food is cheap and good. I will be going back.

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