The BasqueMTB Mountain Bike Team
basqueMTB is run by Doug, with some help from his partner Amaia in the administration department. We employ 3 full time guides, along with some people we can pull in for help occasionally. All of our guides are local, qualified, hold a first aid certificate and are properly insured and paid. We think that is important.
If you’d like to know more about us then check out our (slightly tongue in cheek) profiles!
Doug: Main Guide, Owner, Dogsbody and Everything Else
Doug has been biking for as long as he can remember and has been helpless as the addiction has taken over his life. Doug met Amaia in a seedy club in Edinburgh and fell for her Basque charms.
Doug is the main guide for BasqueMTB and he holds a SMBLA mountain bike leader guiding qualification and has been riding XC and DH around Scotland for years so will ensure that no matter what your level you are properly looked after and kept excited! He can also offer some coaching to help you get the most out of the challenging local terrain. Doug rides a yellower than yellow Orbea Rallon and a more subtle Orbea Occam 29er.
When not biking he can often be found hanging around the beach bars telling anyone who will listen that the surf is too small for him to get his board out and that he’s waiting for the 100 year wave!
Antonio: basqueMTB’s Silver Fox
Antonio is basqueMTB’s other main guide. Born and bred in the Pyrenees he has been biking since before mountain biking was mountain biking, Antonio’s knowledge of the wider Pyrenees area is breathtaking. He has forgotten more trails that most people will ever know, however that might be due to his affection for red wine!
Antonio’s English is improving every day and he is always a fun and charismatic guide. Antonio uses another bright yellow Orbea Rallon for guiding and leads one of our groups each day.
When Antonio isn’t guiding, and once everyone is safely home, Antonio can be found hanging around bars eating red meat, drinking red wine and being right about everything.
Borja the First
Borja: basqueMTB’s Roadie, Van Driver and Trainee Guide
Borja drives our van, keeps us organised and runs our road cycling holidays with precision. Borja is fast, proper roadie fast and he runs 130km mountain marathons for fun. He often shuttles our vans, riding back up on his road bike to get the second and still being down before we have descended on the mountain bikes.
Borja is from Pamplona and has been biking in the Pyrenees for almost as long as Antonio. He speaks fantastic English and often works with Antonio as a driver and guide team. You won´t be guided by Borja for a full day but you might have him riding with us as part of a two man guiding team. Borja is training to be a full guide and learning routes at the moment. All being well he will do his guiding qualification at the end of the year and take on more guiding duties in the future.
When Borja isn’t guiding you can find him shaving his legs and running marathons before a light breakfast.
Borja: basqueMTB´s Newest Member, Driver and Mechanic
Yes, that´s right we have two Borjas. Borja the First and Borja the Second. We looked for someone with a different name but Borja the Second was just too well qualified. Borja II is a fantastic rider and also a fully trained bike mechanic. He will be our driver mostly this year but will start learning the trails ready for next year.
Borja II speaks perfect English as well as Borja I and is also from Pamplona.
We don´t really know what Borja II will be doing when he´s not guiding, watch this space and we will find out during the season!
Amaia: The brains behind Basque MTB
Amaia is a local Basque girl who grew up in San Sebastian. After studying business in San Sebastian she visited Scotland, planning to stay a few months to improve her English. She stayed for several years! Amaia is our advisor for all things cultural, including eating, drinking and partying. We are told that she has a good head for figures and is the brains behind the business side of our holiday operation.
Amaia isn’t directly involved in the day to day biking holidays but helps organising accommodation, day trips and dining where her local knowledge and connections mean that we get the best advice possible. Amaia is the main guide when we head to the towns in search of the best pintxos or sidra and helps out on the Basque coastal tour weeks as well.
Amaia can often be found hanging around the beach bars telling anyone who will listen that Basque vegetables are the best vegetables in the world.
Carlos: The beard behind Basque MTB.
Carlos came into our lives shortly after moving back to the Basque Country. After a hard day exploring Doug was cycling home along the road when someone started shouting at him. It turns out that someone was Carlos, a San Sebastian local, who wanted to know why Doug was riding on the road when there was nice singletrack next to it.
Carlos has been biking all over Spain, he could guide you in any part of the country. His local knowledge is matched only by Doug’s and together they spent all their free time finding new trails, and drinking Sidra but mostly finding new trails. Carlos is fast, really fast actually, but he is always happy to wait for people and takes huge pleasure in telling you all about the Basque Country. Carlos isn’t full time at BasqueMTB, he has a normal job too, but he helps out a lot, either guiding, trail finding or driving our van. He is also our chainsaw king, clearing trails for us and keeping us running sweetly.
When not biking Carlos can be found hanging around Yorkshire’s coffee bars shouting “Frappachino my ass” and trying to be more right than Antonio