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Holiday skills and fitness guide: a guide to how we would describe the skills and fitness levels we suggest for our mountain bike holidays.

Mountain Bike Holiday Skills and Fitness Guide

It is really important to us to get a good match for skills and fitness and if we are in any doubt about your levels then we will have a chat with you prior to booking your mountain bike holiday. It isn’t meant to be an interrogation! We do find that it really helps everyone, that is to say us, you and the other riders on your holiday. It is very difficult to assess your skills though, we know that, so we have put together this mountain bike holiday skills and fitness guide.

Mountain Bike Holiday Fitness

Fortunately this is the easiest one to improve. Given that most people book their mountain bike holidays up to a year in advance you have time to improve if you want to. The best way really to assess your fitness is to look at how often you ride, how long you ride for and the typical amount of vertical you would ride. Our mountain bike holidays aren’t races, the most important thing is that you are able to complete the days and move with the group pace, which we aim to keep at a conversational level.

Here is a guide to how we would assess your fitness.





Mountain Bike Holiday Skills

This is the hardest part to assess. The best way is to tell us what trails you would normally ride and enjoy. The internet is a wonderful place and we can then google the trails, find report and videos and that really helps. Our holidays aren’t races, we descent at pace but waiting occasionally is never a problem. If you don’t ever want to wait for other riders then talk to us before you book!

Here is a guide to how we would assess your skills.





What Holidays Would Suit Me?

So you have read our holiday skills and fitness guide. Hopefully it helps. Now what holidays would you suit?

If you are a beginner, or have a low fitness level then none of our standard holidays are going to suit you I’m afraid. The best thing to do would be to get in touch and talk to us about your options.

If you are an intermediate and have a fitness level of moderate of above then we would suggest our Basque Coast trip. This trip has the most options to vary the level and we don’t have the constraints which a multi-centre trip put on us. You could also do our Backcountry Pyrenees if you fancy a challenge however we would need to get you a suitable group. Our guides are always delighted to offer some skills help.

If you are an advanced rider and have a fitness level of moderate or above then we would suggest our Backcountry Pyrenees or Basque Coast trips. If you can put some time in and improve your fitness to good then you would really enjoy our High Pyrenees or Ainsa Enduro holidays.

If you are an expert rider and have good fitness then any of our trips will be great for you. Having an expert level on the Basque Coast opens up some amazing possibilities like El Cerro or some of the secret trails around here. These are trails we guide very few times a year due to their extreme level. They are brilliant though if you have a good enough level!

If you are an expert rider and have excellent fitness again there are lots of possibilities. You need this level to do our Ultimate Pyrenees trip though.

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