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Tour the best mountain biking the Pyrenees can offer on this mountain bike holiday.

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Pyrenees Tour Holiday Highlights

Our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday in three words: Unspoilt. Epic. Backcountry.

Over 10,000m of perfect, natural, singletrack descending in Spain’s epic Pyrenees mountains.

Around 70% of van uplift.

Small groups with a maximum of 1:4 Guide to Guest ratio.

Ride trails shared with us by local mountain bikers. Trails that most people never find.

A mountain bike tour with a difference. Ride only the best trails in the best areas.

The mountain biking across the Pyrenees is something special and the Spanish side is largely undiscovered by riders outside of Spain. The trails are generally dry and a bit loose, however less so than the south of Spain but the terrain is incredibly varied. Many trails are old walking paths linking ancient villages, long since deserted and the rides have an epic feel as we venture into the real backcountry of the Pyrenees.
We have chosen the route of this mountain bike holiday to take us to the best singletrack in the Pyrenees and pre-Pyrenees mountains. We will ride perfect, unspoilt singletrack that local mountain bikers have been kind enough to share with Basque MTB which few people ever get to ride and will venture deep into some undiscovered mountain biking locations which boast stunning scenery coupled with unbelievable mountain biking. We will also ride “Zona Zero” in Ainsa, an area that friends of Basque MTB have developed which offers some stunning mountain bike trails right in the heart of the Pyrenees.

We call this holiday our Backcountry Pyrenees Tour, although we don’t ride point to point. We have chosen a few areas and will spend a day or two in each area before driving to another, nearby area to stay and enjoy the mountain biking. We believe that this mountain bike tour offers the very best way to explore the unbelievable diversity and quality of the trails in this part of Spain. There will be van uplift to help most mornings as we ride high on the Pyrenees mountains and deep in the gorges which are scattered across the area, riding miles and miles of technical singletrack which is best described as a cross between the best Alpine descents and the south of Spain. During this week’s mountain bike holiday we generally get over 10,000m of descending with around 2,000 – 3000m of climbing.

Put simply this is some of the best mountain biking available on the planet.


Our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday is available in March, April, May, October and November. In addition we will run two special mountain bike skills trips to the Pyrenees with Great Rock from the 5th – 12th of April and 18th – 25th of October 2014.

The Biking

Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: Technical Level

The trails on this mountain bike holiday are going to be advanced and you can expect unrelenting technical singletrack, rocky switchbacks and some exposure. The climbing will be challenging in places, although we will use plenty of van uplift, and expect to be pushing your bike for some sections. The sort of rider who will get the most from this tour will be very comfortable on any of the trail centre trails in the UK and maybe have visited the Basque Country for one of our mountain bike holidays there first.

Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: Required Fitness

A good level of fitness is required although we will use van uplift to help with the climbs. Some climbs will be sustained and some days my require some pushing or carrying of the bike. Some of the descents are very long, with up to 20km of singletrack, so you need to be fit enough to enjoy long, technical singletrack descents.
Through the week we will descend over 10,000m and climb around 2-3000m.

Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: Riding Areas

The area of the Backcountry Pyrenees holiday will vary from year to year and group to group. There is so much riding in this part of Spain, and it is all so good, that we will choose the areas we ride in to make the best holiday possible. To give you an idea of the areas we will cover have a look at the map below.

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The Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday will start and finish at Bilbao airport, in Spain. Please get in touch to discuss flight times before booking your flights.


The accommodation we use for our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday will be a mixture of high quality local bed and breakfasts, upmarket hostals and stunning, “rider owned” apartments, all chosen for their character and to keep us closest to the very best mountain bike trails.

Eating during the Backcountry Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday

We pride ourselves of the high quality of eating that you will experience on our mountain bike holidays! We love to eat and also enjoy trying the good wines and local aperitifs. We relish the chance to share the great traditional Spanish places that we have found with our guests and we can’t guarantee that you will lose weight on our trips!
We include two packed lunches and four evening meals, on other days lunches will cost around €5-10 each day and dinners will cost from €10 to €25 each night.


The price for the Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday is €1100.

How to book a mountain bike holiday with Basque MTB

  • Initially please get in touch with any questions you have. You can find all our contact details here. Our mountain bike holidays are really flexible and we would be delighted to have a conversation about any special requirements you might have.

  • Once you know the dates and possible flights then please fill in our booking form.
  • We will then confirm that we have availability and make temporary reservation.
  • We will hold the temporary reservation for a couple of days to let you sort out flights and pay a deposit of €200 per person. Deposits are refundable for two weeks after booking but unfortunately not after that time.
  • We will send you a receipt for your deposit and at that time the holiday is totally reserved.
  • If you want to pay the balance by bank transfer then we need to receive that around a month before your holiday. We can also accept cash on arrival if you prefer, please get in touch if you would like to pay this way.

Backcountry Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holiday: What is Included?

Our Pyrenees mountain bike holidays include accommodation (based on 2 people of the same gender sharing a room), breakfast, two packed lunches, five evening meals with wine and guiding for 6 days. We don’t include flights.

Other stuff

  • Bike hire costs €120 per week and €30 per day. We cannot hire mountain bikes without guiding.


Photos from our Mountain Bike Holidays in the Backcountry Pyrenees

Have a look through the photos from our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holidays, or the videos on the right, to get an idea of the fantastic mountain biking this part of Spain offer. Hopefully the pictures will give an idea of the amazing variety of the trails you will experience on this mountain bike tour.


Do you have an itinerary for your Backcountry Pyrenees Mountain Bike Holidays?

We don’t have set itineraries for any of our mountain bike holidays, we believe that the trails should be matched to the guests, however to give you an idea of what our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike tour looks like you can see an outline itinerary here: Backcountry Pyrenees Mountain Bike Tour Itinerary.

I don’t want to do a week’s mountain bike holiday, can I do a shorter break?

Unfortunately for our Backcountry Pyrenees holidays we can’t offer shorter tours due to the fact that at times during the trip we will be a long way from the airport.

What are the group sizes on a typical mountain bike holiday?

Our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holidays run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 7. If you need a bigger or smaller group then please get in touch and discuss the options.

My partner doesn’t mountain bike but would like to join our holiday, is this possible?

The Backcountry Pyrenees trip isn’t really suitable for non-bikers. We would really recommend our Basque coast mountain bike holidays, near San Sebastian, if you want to come with non biking partners.

What is the weather like in that part of Spain?

The weather in the Spanish Pyrenees allows year round mountain biking. In winter the days are generally cold, however the skies are generally clear and due to the variety of the areas we can choose to ride in we almost always find dry trails. Temperatures are higher in autumn and spring, with temperatures around 5-15degC.

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