Spanish MTB Retreat

From: £999.00

Experience the best singletrack trails on the Basque coast, with vast ocean and mountain views, learn new skills and improve your technique with our experienced coaches. After 3 days exploring the coastal trails it’s time to venture inland, taking on the mighty Basque Mountains on a two day adventure, staying in an idyllic village overnight before journeying back to the coast.

Pay a 30% deposit per person

Description

We are super excited to be heading out to the majestic Pyrenees this September for our women’s only mountain bike holiday in the stunning Basque region of Spain! With fantastic weather, stunning landscapes to explore, beautiful beaches and quaint Spanish villages serving up delicious tapas and wine, it’s the ideal location for a mountain biking adventure.

Each day will include Pilates at sunset the perfect opportunity to stretch those muscles and develop strength and balance from within.

The Basque Country is where the foothills of the Pyrenees melt into the Atlantic coast. The terrain is steep and hugely varied with open mountain top trails dropping into loamy forest runs and fast flowy ridge top traverses interspersed with rocky technical sections.

Our luxury accommodation in the village of Hondarribia looks out of the glistening coast with a private swimming pool and garden perfect for watching the sun go down during Pilates classes, relaxing whilst sipping wine and talking about the days adventures with your new riding buddies.

This week is about exploring a beautiful location, connecting with like-minded women, challenging yourself in supportive and fun environment and of course indulging in some great tapas and wine.

This trip is ideal for intermediate to experienced cyclists. We can’t wait to show you the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees an area of outstanding beauty and many an adventure.

  • 7 Nights High Quality Accommodation
  • Delicious Breakfasts
  • 5 Days Guiding including a two day adventure into the Pyrenean mountains with village stop over
  • Coaching skills sessions with an expert coach
  • Outdoor sunset Pilates to unwind and stretch your muscles after a day in the saddle
  • Transfers from San Sebastian
  • High quality photos of your trip
  • Uplift and Van Support
  • 20% off Grip Grab products
  • Half price servicing from Cycleworld Portsmouth to get your bike in ship shape condition

Logistics:

Arrival
Bilbao Airport is the best. Biarritz is also good. If you are flying from outside Europe you might arrive to Madrid or Barcelona and be able to fly on to Hondarribia Airport for the shortest transfer.
If you are coming by car then the ferry to Bilbao or Santander is a good option.
From Paris you can take the TGV direct to Hendaye.
For our Basque Coast mountain bike holidays you can arrive any time before 7pm. If you are arriving after that then we will book the airport hotel for you and get you the next day.
Transfer
We pick up on Saturdays, and other days by arrangement, from San Sebastian, Hendaye or Biarritz Airport. There is a very easy airport transfer bus from Bilbao Airport which leaves from immediately outside arrivals and takes you directly to San Sebastian where we will pick you up. We will provide full instructions for the transfer bus and don’t worry, it really is very easy!
Preferred arrival day is Saturday, however we can often offer Sunday-Sunday trips or shorter breaks. Just get in touch to discuss availability.
All our mountain bike holiday weeks are tailored to the guests and during the booking process we will discuss your requirements.
Basque Coast Mountain Bike Holiday: Technical Level
The terrain in the Basque Country is very varied and we can offer mountain bike holidays for almost all levels, although due to the terrain here it isn't suitable for total beginners. If you are a beginner perhaps try out South Wales weekend first to get your skills up to scratch.
Basque Coast Mountain Bike Holiday: Required Fitness
To enjoy our mountain bike holiday on the Basque Coast you will need a moderate level of fitness, there is very little flat ground in this part of Spain so every holiday we offer has some climbing. We have two dedicated vans and trailers offering uplift most days though, and we offer from 30 to 80% uplift depending on the group meaning daily climbs of between 300m and 1000m and descents of up to 3000m.
Basque Coast Mountain Bike Holiday: Uplift
Typically we offer between 30% and 80% of uplift, this definitely isn't a DH holiday though and we climb through the day and the trails are natural singletrack. Typically two days out of the holiday we offer a couple of uplifts of around 400-600m, one before lunch and the other after. The other 3 days we can offer as much as people would like. Often we opt to do a big, van assisted point to point rather than running shuttles and that involves more climbing but offers a more backcountry experience.
Basque Coast Mountain Bike Holiday: Riding Areas
Thanks to the help of local mountain bikers who have shared their local trails with us we have a massive area we can choose to ride in. The majority of our rides will be 10 to 30 minutes from our base in Hondarriba, however we have a huge variety of rides within an hour of our base and we often choose to do a day or two with a slightly longer drive to show off the variety in this part of Spain. Of course, if you don’t want to spend time in the van we have weeks and weeks worth of fantastic mountain biking close to our base!
  • Flights
  • Bike Hire (we can help with this)
  • Lunch and dinner