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Magazine Visits

  Pinkbike: “It felt like the best thing a trip like this could feel like – like a complete break from the world, and what more can you ask for from a holiday?” Read the full article.
  MBR enjoy the riding on the Basque coast and state, “there´s something truly special about the sun, the dust, the Atlantic breeze and the Basque pace of life. Trust me and try it for yourself. Read the full review.
basque mtb mountain bike holiday reviews whatmtb
  WhatMTB choose basqueMTB to run their 2015 “Trail Bike of the Year” foreign trip and come away very impressed with the trails. “Whether it´s the sublime, swooping singletrack of the Atlantic coast or the seemingly endless, epic, enduro riding and awesome eating of the Pyrenees and Ainsa area, these boys are the key to unlocking some of the best riding we have ever done anywhere”.Read the full article.
IMBike Magazine basqueMTB
  We take International Mountain Bike Magazine to ride the notoriously difficult Technotrocity, pushing them well outside of their comfort zone, stating, “Nothing in the UK comes close to the severity, length and altitude loss”. Read the full article.
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  MBUK enjoy a trip through the Pyrenees and along the Basque Coast and call our trails: “One of Europe´s finest mountain bike playgrounds” Read the full article here.
Dirt Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Dirt feature Doug as one of their Industry Insiders. Read the article.
  The Guardian newspaper visits basqueMTB and declares: “It’s almost draining in its beauty.” Read the full article here.
  Bike magazine ponders on some of our trails on the Basque Coast saying, “Whistler? its a spanish common mistake to think that what is abroad is always better… Ecstasy.Read a translation of the article.
Singletrack Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Singletrack: “If Doug hadn’t met Amaia in Glasgow years ago he would never have discovered this region… ergo, but for a drunken introduction in a Glasgow pub …precious few people would be aware of the amazingly technical and spectacular trails the Basque Pyrenees were currently showing us” “We felt like visitors out with local friends, rather than tourists with a bike tour company, such was the way Doug and Amaia treated us”. Read the full article.
IMBike Magazine basqueMTB
  IMB Magazine enjoy a mixture of the Basque Coast and Backcountry Pyrenees: “I honestly can´t recommend the riding here enough, the trails are seeminly endless and the quality of the riding is on another level… home will never quite be the same again, knowing there is this magical place only a few hours flight away”Read the full article here.
Dirt Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Dirt’s James McKnight Visits Basque MTB: “I had been checking out some of the sublime and earthy surroundings that are on Doug’s doorstep; the green, lush fields and crashing clean waves of the Atlantic that border the Basque. I had ridden some serious hills and some flow-tastic trails.”Read James’s column.
Singletrack Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Singletrack´s Barney comes here during the launch of the 2015 Nukeproof bikes and declares: “The riding is unquestionably fantastic, and it carries on all day.” and “One of the extraordinary things about riding in this region is how like the UK it feels; albeit a region of the UK where the trails go on for a long time, and where there are no access issues, and the food is much, much, much better.” .Read the full article.
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  Luxury Travel Magazine awards us a “Best Tour Company” award in 2016.
Singletrack Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Singletrack Magazine: “Sublime, dusty singletrack… atop another riverbed, rockier this time, with some fair exposure off to our right-hand side, this was one for the books… the smiles from Sam, Joe and Doug said it all.Read the full article.
  Canadian Cycling: “it felt like having a buddy show you his local secret trails. This buddy just happened to ride like a pro, have a great shuttle van, a love for food and drink, and knowledge of the area that is impressive.”Read the article.
Holiday Reviews Cranked
 The fantastic Cranked magazine rode high in the Pyrenees mountains with us. “An enlightening experience”, “flow-fest” Read the full article here, or better still sign up to Cranked.

 We took Wideopen Magazine on a trip through Guara, read about their trip here. “mile after mile of grin-factor 50”. Read the full article here.

Guest Comments

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“I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life… I¨d booked onto next year´s trip before getting back to the hotel on the final day!”

Mark via the MBUK Letters page.(Click the image to read the full article).

Forums Etc

It is always worth checking the mountain bike forums for some reviews of companies before you book. Here are a few comments from the forums about basqueMTB, you can search for more too!
  • MissNoTax: “I’ve done four mtbing hols over the years and this is by far the best (quickly followed by **** ******)”Read the Full Review Here.
  • DannyT: “Highly recommend it to anyone considering a biking holiday and fancies a change from the Alpsy stuff”Read the post here.
  • Onzadog: “Best holiday I’ve ever been on and I used to work for a company that ran alps holidays. His knowledge of the trails and how to maximise a day in terms or terrain, trails and weather is just beyond belief”Read the rest of the post, and other comments, here.
  • bluerob: “I’m going back in April and it just can’t happen soon enough! Doug, Ed and the local guides, Antonio and Borja kept us laughing, smiling and riding the entire week. It was a joy to share their stunning trails and soak up first class food, booze and scenery with a really friendly group of riders.”Read the rest of the post, and other comments, here.

Other Visits

Switchback Mountain Bike Magazine Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  SwitchBack: Doug has become a virtual expert on the area. Through Basque MTB he offers affordable holidays with top-notch guiding. For a hassle-free, truly insider’s view into this wild landscape and stunning terrain, he’s your man.Read the full story here.

  Heidi Swift, Writer for Pelaton and SuperBlogger: “Then God said, “Let there be singletrack. And there was. And it was good. So good, in fact, that there were several sections just a touch outside my skill level, but the scenery was so mesmerizing, it didn’t matter. Doug turned out to be an amazing and patient teacher, concerned more with the quality of my experience than anything else… at times when I couldn’t clear the technical ascents.We stopped to take photographs.We stopped to let our jaws drop”Since Heidi is no longer riding for the Specialized trail crew this article has disappeared. You can read it here though.
Dirt Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Dirt rates us as one of the top places in Europe to ride! Read our section here.
Exempt Clothing Basque MTB Mountain Bike Holiday Testimonial
  Exempt Clothing: “These trails were truly amazing, breath taking scenes and at times we were right on the edge with a massive drop to the side. You could hear the water crashing against the rocks. With the sun out and a gentle sea breeze we couldn’t ask for anymore!” Read the full story here.

  TrailGuru: “A trip to the Basque Country could be just the ticket to re-awaken your passion for the sport. My lasting impression was of how natural the trails are – totally different from the man-made centres back home.” Read the full story here.
Press and Journal Basque MTB Holiday Testimonial
  Press and Journal: Saddle up for holiday with a difference.“One magical section, known as the Stinky Goat Track, is a highlight for its viciously fast descents through sun-dappled woods.”Read the article here. Read the full story here.
bicycling mountain bike holiday testimonial
  Bicycling Magazine’s “Five Big Cycling Trips”: “Along Spain’s sun-drenched northern coast you can sample trails as varied as the region’s cuisine, with desert roller coasters, sea-swept paths, and Pyrenean­ rock gardens.” Read the full story here.
BasqueMTB Mountain Bike Holiday Testimonial BikeMagic
  BikeMagic: “Where else can one surf clean waves, sip beers by the beach and ride snakes of singletrack all in one afternoon?”Read the full story here.
Rowan Sorrell, Dirt Journalist, Track Builder and Pro Rider.
  “I spent a week last year with Doug and Amaia from Basque MTB whilst filming Find for Reset Films. The area is a perfect getaway from our unpredictable and often bad weather, you have sun, sea and mountains, a perfect combo. We rode some big mountains, plenty of fast rolling trails on the lower foothills and beautiful coastal paths. The Basque region is very different to ride compared to Southern Spain, where it is loose, gravelly and rocky (but still lots of fun!) On the Basque trails you have lovely dirt not too dissimilar to mid Wales – except its dry! Doug is very easy going and passionate about the riding and the trails and Amaia knows everything there is to know about the Basque region which completes the trip, as you leave knowing a little more about somewhere new and that is what travel is all about.” You can read more on Rowan’s Blog, or what he wrote for Great-Rock
QECPBasque MTB Mountain Bike Holiday Testimonial
  QECP Trail Builders: “The trails, in my opinion, were the best I have ever ridden… Doug seems to have access to limitless amounts of trails and tailors rides to the rider’s wants, needs and skill levels. There is something for everyone at Basque MTB.” Read the full story here.
Danny Visits for a Skills Week
  “the best descending and general all round mountain biking I’ve ever experienced. The variance of trails we rode over the six days was unbelievable; intense, steep, rocky descents, long technical climbs and loads of fast and fun singletrack.”Read the full story here.
Fyrish MTB Club
  We can highly recommend Doug@ BasqueMTB to show you around some of the finest trails we have had the pleasure to cycle on. Read the full story here.
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