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> Latest Mountain Bike Video: “Rocky Hell Road”

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This weekend Carlos and I took our Cove G-Spots over a local mountain which sits in the Basque Country on the border between Spain and France. This isn’t a route I guide on often during our mountain bike holidays, it’s very rocky and tough. The climb is short but very sharp, most people will have to push their bike at some point. The descent is an old path up the mountain which switchbacks all the way down into France. The first time we did it Carlos commented that it was like a “rocky road to hell”, the name “Rocky Hell Road” just stuck, it’s actually not a road; it’s not hellish; it’s just rocky fun mountain biking!

Larun is the most westerly of the Pyrenees mountains, sitting almost a kilometer above Biarritz. It has always held a special place in Basque culture and mythology and you can see the evidence of that in the numerous dolmens, stone circles and neolithic monuments. Some people say the name comes from runes found carved on the stones there, other people say it means “good pasture”. It has been used as a defensive position throughout history and also as a haven for witches. In 1912 a rack and pinion train was constructed which runs the 905m, (3000ft) to the summit in a very direct 4.2km and carries tourists to the bar there. Unfortunately we are currently not allowed bikes on the train, although we continue to work on changing that!

The Cove G-Spots really come into their own on this type of trails. It’s a bike which can easily be cycled to the summit but really lets you enjoy the descent. I’ve done this trail on a few different bikes now but the G-Spot just carries so much speed over the rocks it really makes it fun. This was my first real test of my Marzocchi 55′s as well and my initial impressions of well controlled damping and plushness were very much reinforced. They seem to be plush on all types of hits, from near bottoming out square edge clumsiness all the way through to the high-speed chatter in the faster sections. You can read a review of my Cove G-Spot, or some initial impressions of my Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti’s.

You can read some more information about the trail in this video here.
If you’d like to ride this trail on your mountain biking holiday with us then just let me know!


3 Replies a “Latest Mountain Bike Video: “Rocky Hell Road””

  1. [...] Doug from BasqueMTB sent us his latest video of a ride on “Rocky Hell Road” in the Basque countryside between Spain and France: “Today my good friend Carlos and I took our Cove G-Spots up, and down, a local mountain. The descent is only around 1000m, however it is unrelentingly rocky and technical. Both climb and descent are a big physical challenge. Contrary to the soundtrack there are no “big jumps”, only normal mountain biking! … You can read more about this route over on the BasqueMTB website.” [...]

  2. Loving the new video, its great to see such a variety of terrain over there. What better way to finish than on the beach with a swim in the sea! Bliss. Keep them coming, certainly cheers up a grey day sitting on the office. Can you tell me the best way to book a week with you early September? I’ll need to hire a bike as well if possible.

  3. Thanks Andrew! It’s great to get into that sea after being up in the mountains!

    I can hire bikes, I have some full suspension bikes to hire and also some hardtails. The best way to book is just to drop me a line. That way we can talk about what will suit you and take it from there! September is lovely here normally.

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