- Anyone been on holiday with BasqueMTB?
Just this second arrived home after spending a week with Doug at BasqueMTB. Want to say what a legend the guy is but feel “legend” doesn’t do him justice.
Best holiday I’ve ever been on and I used to work for a company that ran alps holidays. His knowledge of the trails and how to maximise a day in terms or terrain, trails and weather is just beyond belief.
Really pleased that we now don’t have to research where we’re going for next years holiday. If you want challanging natural riding, I don’t think you can get better than this in terms of a complete holiday.
Cheers Doug!Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Well you´ve all made an old guy really happy! Thanks a lot everyone. Thanks for the feedback Onzadog and thanks for taking the time to put it up on here, it really means a lot. More than that, thanks for giving me an ace week. Your whole group was brilliant and chasing you down Way of the Pear will be one of the highlights of the season!
Don´t know what else to say, just thanks to everyone for coming and for saying nice things 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Echo what others said. Doug/Basque mtb has set the bar very high for riding holidays imo – just hope he’s got some better cd’s in the van than what i had to put up with 😀
Refreshing to ride with someone who seems restless and admits there’s more to found, usually i get ‘my trails are mint, everywhere else is shit..’
Foods pretty good tooPosted 5 years ago
Spacehopper – I had the same problem, and got a little bit stressed about it, I ended up emailing Doug and Ed in a terrible panic, going ” I can only get a flight on a Sunday, Oh My God, what am I going to do !!! “, to which Doug replied in the most casual manner ” well come from Sunday to Sunday then “
Flippin Easyjet, eh. Anyway, Doug turned out to be a superstar, and said it wasn’t a problem, so flight is booked for the Sunday afternoon out to Bilbao, to the following Sunday back to Manchester.
Must remember to get a spare mech hanger to take out. 💡
Email address is in my profile if you want to have a chat off the forum, will PM you my mobile number if you like mate.Posted 5 years agojamescoMember
A year or two back went to Biarritz surfing with some mates, it was that end of season weekend when the shops sell all their gear off in the streets, and I spent all my time looking back into those spanish hills thinking ‘I bet there’s some good riding to be had up there’. One mate said we’d do it but it aint happened yet, just this weekend was drooling over Ed’s site……..fancy driving down in the van actually but maybe the wife won’t go for it , ah well.Posted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
Would love to go back but the flight situation from Scotland is a pain in the buhoochy with no direct flights unfortunately. 😥 Sadly, my patience for connecting flights is limited which rules it out for me. I had a great time when I was there and would definitely recommend it and not just because Doug is a friend. 😀Posted 5 years ago
Good question mikey3. There’s a lot of technical riding out there. We watched a lot (if not all) of Doug’s videos to get a flavour of it. Just remember, the camera flattens a lot of it.
Some of our group with significantly less experienced than others but I think it was attitude that allowed them to enjoy it. They didn’t mind walking bits if they were too hard and generally just loved being outdoors.
It’s all natural stuff as well, no trail centres which suited us down to the ground.
If in doubt, talk to Doug, if he doesn’t think it will suit you, he’ll tell you. He won’t flog you a trip you’re not going to cope with. You couldn’t want to meet a more honest and genuine guy.Posted 5 years agomogrimMember
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Mogrim, when in July? You might be able to borrow mine.
Cheers for the offer, but TBH there’s no way I can actually get some riding in – the reason we’re heading the Basque country is that I’m doing a 31km trail race on the first Saturday in Zumaia, I’ll probably be too knackered for the rest of the week to do any proper biking, not to mention that’s my sport allowance covered 🙂
Weren’t you supposed to be visiting Madrid, anyway?Posted 5 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Sorry I´m late to this, been guiding non stop recently. I just wanted to say thank a lot to everyone who took the time to post, and visit, I really appreciate it. Loved the video too “Mad Pierre”!
Sanny, train to Manchester airport and direct flight from there. It´s super easy.
We can hire hardtails at the moment but are working on getting some hire full sussers for this season. Fair to middling riders would get on great I think, it depends a bit what you are used to. If you are only used to trail centers then you will find stuff a bit hard because it´s all natural. Like “Onzadog” says though, if you are worried about any of that then drop me a mail and we will have a chat, I´d hate to sell you a holiday you weren´t going to enjoy!
Cheers everyone!Posted 5 years agoredwoodsMember
Mad Pierre that’s a great video! 🙂
I too absolutely bloody loved that week (avec Onzadog) with BasqueMTB – made 12 long months of squirrelling away holiday money totally worth it! A real adventure every day and did more hours in the saddle than I ever thought I was physically capable of.
Love this photo of Onzadog taken out there (by Doug’s fair hand I hasten to add!)
Can’t wait to go back next year 8)Posted 5 years ago
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