This year the Enduro World Series is coming to Zona Zero. It’s going to be massive, or as Chris Ball, the director of the EWS said, “it’s going to blow people’s minds”! basqueMTB has been guiding in Zona Zero for years and we are one of the official guiding companies of the area, as well as being personal friends of the people who run the area. It just wouldn’t make sense for us not to offer a mountain bike holiday based around, and taking part, in the EWS enduro race itself. We have managed to secure the best accommodation in the area along with 8 entries into the race itself and access to uplifts through the week, something that is going to be very sought after. Ed Oxley from Great Rock skills training will also be on hand to offer advice and help you get up to speed on the unique terrain around that area.
To find out more have a look at the embedded document below. If you would like to take part then get in touch. We anticipate a high level of demand so we have decided to open it up to repeat visitors initially but if you haven’t been before then please get in touch and we will contact people on a first come first serve basis.
Dates are the 19th-28th of September and cost is €1500.
The year has passed so quickly and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost over. At basqueMTB we have had our busiest year ever. We say that every year, however this year has felt like an especially big step forward. It has also brought its own challenges, in particular we have had to turn away loads of people due to lack of space, which has been really sad. To all you guys we couldn’t fit in, we really apologize and hopefully we will get a chance to guide you again next year. To explain a little bit, we decided early in 2014 that we would only let ourselves grow a little bit so that we could make sure that we concentrated on the quality of our trips and I have to say that sitting here at the end of such a busy year it definitely feels that we made the right decision. It also feels, looking back, that despite having two full time guides and a part time driver/guide we had some weeks where we needed more support. To that end we will be making some changes for 2015 but more on that later, lets have a look at 2014 first. It’s quite a long story but I really wanted to get all the information to people. I have divided it into sections so you can skip to the sections which interest you! Read on for more Read the post »
Rallon, pronounced more or less like Ra-y-on, is a Spanish slang for a baby wild boar. It is also a mountain near Bardenas National Park. I guess that the Orbea Rallon is named after the mountain, however I often like to believe it was named after the Wild Boarlets that you sometimes see snuffling furtively in the Basque forests as the sun goes down. Regardless of these random ponderings the Orbea Rallon is the fourth version with that name which Orbea has released and it represents a dramatic departure in design for the Basque cooperative. Orbea have a history of making top end road bikes and cross country mountain bikes, the Rallon V3, this bike’s predecessor, was a 150mm travel bike but it displayed its cross country routes very clearly and in my opinion was very compromised as a 150mm travel “all mountain” bike. The new Rallon however seems to stride out in the world unencumbered by compromise and shattering expectations with every roll of it’s 27.5″ wheels. Has Orbea pulled it off, have they really made a great enduro or all mountain bike? Read on to find out how I got on with the Orbea Rallon. Read the post »
basqueMTB have been in the mountain biking, and more general, press quite a bit this year. At the start of the year we were in The Guardian and in these last few weeks we have been in a fair bit of the mountain bike press. Here are some links to the latest articles.
When I put together our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday it was never meant to be fixed in stone. The idea was always to develop it, change the route some years and generally keep it interesting for us and fresh for all the people who return year after year. Yeah, we will keep some trails as a core but we don´t want to be doing the same thing year after year, no matter how good it is! And, let me be honest here but please don´t tell Amaia, it´s great to load up the van and head into the mountains to ride bikes, eat good food and drink nice local wine all in the name of trail scouting. Read the post »