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BasqueMTB

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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About BasqueMTB
BasqueMTB is the longest running mountain bike guiding business on the Basque Coast. We are a small independent holiday company, based in Spain, offering guided mountain bike holidays throughout the Spanish Basque Country. Our base, in Hondarribia, is situated between San Sebastian, in Spain, and Biarritz, in France, and has mountain biking in the Pyrenees on one side and world class surf beaches on the other.
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Pete L wrote a review Feb 2020
Huntsville, Utah10 contributions3 helpful votes
Basque MTB plans excellent trips that really accommodate the riders. Their guides were excellent and so fun. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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MTBCousins wrote a review Oct 2019
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Basque MTB have cracked the magic formula of great MTB guiding. The knowledge, skill and judgement of Doug and his team were all spot on, enabling us as an experienced group of friends to get on with enjoying the trails, whatever the Basque weather threw at us.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from MountainBikingAlias, Manager at BasqueMTB
Responded Oct 29, 2019
Thanks a lot, it was a pleasure showing you around!
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Mario C wrote a review Jul 2019
Madrid, Spain28 contributions24 helpful votes
The whole experience was absolutely superb. - Great accommodation. - Incredible riding. - Friendly guides. - Perfect location. Difficult to describe it in here, best experience it by yourself.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from MountainBikingAlias, Manager at BasqueMTB
Responded Jul 24, 2019
Muchas graicas Mario. It was a pleasure showing you around and hopefully see you again for another trip soon!
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Justin C wrote a review Jul 2019
Seattle, Washington19 contributions11 helpful votes
This was a great experience. We had 5 days riding many different locations in the Basque country, from an hour or so inland, to right along the coast along a "Camino" (de Santiago I think) into San Sebastian. Our guides were fun, patient, excellent riders and overall just awesome people, it was really great to hang out with them. The accommodation was pretty nice too, great view of Hondabarria, comfy beds, a tasty plentiful breakfast and a great garden to hang out in and chat with new found mountain biking friends. The wifi could have been better (poor signal) but hell, sometimes its better to not be on line all the time when on vacation. Logistically, everything was pretty smooth, from getting bikes and riders loaded in the van, to determining how, if and when to split the groups into 2 groups so that everyone got what they wanted out of the riding. I also rented a bike and it was a high quality Oreeba trail bike that was well tuned for me (ie correct sag, brake levers in my preferred orientation, etc.). It slayed the climbing and was more than capable for the techy stuff too. The riding was in places a bit challenging for me, but thats what I like to have on a trip with guides. I did have a few opportunities to be "towed in" on some lines, which was awesome since I would never normally ride features and tech that I did. Its a really great feeling to achieve the same flow that the guides had on these trails. The locations and the scenery of the trails was just gorgeous too, from high mountainous terrain, to deep forest, beautiful rolling hills to rugged cliffs by the sea. One thing to think about though, these trails were not "flowy". I did read a few reviews where the writers described sections of the trail as flowy for 8 Km back to the van, or just "rocky and rooty enough to keep it interesting" for long sections. I guess either Im just not that good of a rider (and neither then was the entire rest of the group) or maybe there was some exaggeration of the flowy nature of the trails. Personally, I would say only about 10-15% of all the trail distance we rode could be described as flowy, the rest was a mixture of non flowy but pretty ridable tech, hikeabike, non technical climbing, and challenging chutes, steep switch backs, or rock/root gardens. We also had some wet conditions which made for some challenging spots too. To be fair to Doug the owner, when we were in the process of booking, he did warn me that the trails might not be what I was used to but even so with the reviews and videos I wasnt quite expecting it be as rugged as it was. In the end it didnt really deter from the experience, my wife and I had a great time, met some great people, and shredded some gnarly lines :) Oh and one more thing, strolling along the waterfront in Hondabarria in the evening along with half the town going for Pintxos and Txacoli was a delight, what a fantastic culture of food and drink the Basque have. Enjoy !!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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s0ggy_in_seattle wrote a review Jul 2019
Seattle, Washington7 contributions1 helpful vote
We did 3 days of shuttle rides with Doug, Igor and Carlos. All were excellent guides who showed us gorgeous seaside trails, rocky technical descents, and flowy forested paths. They patiently walked our group of intermediate riders through more technical sections and gave lots of tips on how to improve. All guides were very personable and accommodating, which enhanced the experience. I could not recommend these guys highly enough.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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