Basque Country Trip Photos

Some great photos here taken by Doug on this year’s two Basque Country Trips. On these trips we ride for 6 days and include a skills session of an hour or so into each day to help people get the most out of the fantastic riding that there is in the area. We have a more mellow week which is a bit less technical and has some added activities and tours, and we have a more technical week with more riding time. We’ll be running two weeks again on the Basque coast next summer as well as our Backcountry Pyrenees weeks in the spring and autumn.
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Such a great night & now for the big event

The launch party for the Vain Vagrant film in Hebden Bridge.

And here’s the Vain Vagrant video…..

Shot & edited by www.whitenosugarproductions.com

Thanks to all of Great Rock’s sponsors and supporters:

Magic Rock Brewing

Santa Cruz Bikes

Bern Helmets

Chromag Components

Black Anchor Tattoos

X Fusion Forks

WTB

Victor and Liberty

Vulpine

Shimano

Alpkit

North West Barber Company

Shedfire

Make Piece 

Alpine Outdoors

Old Gate Bar

Richard Norgate

The Weird and Wonderful

Invisiframe

Vain Vagrant Party

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On Friday the 25th of July, Great Rock in collaboration with Magic Rock Brewing present the Vain Vagrant video launch party in a fabulous old Baptist chapel in Hebden Bridge.

 

Releasing the latest Great Rock video gives us the chance to host a party to remember. Magic Rock will be running a bar with Vain Vagrant Pale Ale on tap and there will be many curiosities from the Great Rock world on display!

If you’d like to come (and you’re all welcome!) please let us know. We’ve gone all modern so you can say yes on our Face book event page http://bit.do/vain-vagrant

Location : http://tinyurl.com/Vain-vagrant-map

The Vain Vagrant is the sequel to the massive hit, “The Chop” http://vimeo.com/79572828  (34k plays on Vimeo and winner of the coveted Golden Helmet Award from the Filmed by Bike film festival in Portland, Oregon). The launch will be the premier with the video going online the following week. The video sees Ed resurrected from the dead in a most surprising way. He then goes on a surreal journey which includes sartorial elegance, bike porn, gratuitous mountain bike riding, fine ale appreciation and weird scenes of Hebden Bridge. As well as screening the Vain Vagrant we will show The Chop and In Search of Peaty, the last two Great Rock videos.

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We’re going to have fabulous Santa Cruz Bicycles to look at and stroke along with the guys from the UK distributor to answer questions like, “where’s the engine” and “you could get a car for that.” Ed’s own bikes will also be on display.

There will be free hair cuts and beard trims by North West Barber Co. who starred in The Chop. The barber’s chair will be set in a pop up shop from The Weird and the Wonderful with antlers, butterflies and other natural history delights and odd ball items of taxidermy.

We’re also very lucky to have the talented tattooist Richard Lazenby from the Black Anchor Tattoo Sheffield Studio in Sheffield and he will be offering small commemorative tattoos at no cost! Richard might be in the new video tattooing Ed, but that’s a secret!

Dr Craig, from underground Hebden Bridge night Duende, will be spinning psychedelic folk and other acoustic delights on vinyl to keep us chilled and inspired.

Ace Canadian bike component company Chromag Bikes will have products on display to drool over.

The cycling clothing boutique Victor and Liberty will be bringing along a host of stylish Vulpine clothing as well as some other select pieces.

Bern UK will have a selection of cool helmets to check out. Alpine Outdoors, Hebden Bridge’s classy outdoor shop, will have outdoor gear porn. Hell we’ll even have some spot prizes to give out!

Shot by www.whitenosugarproductions.com

Thanks to all of Great Rock’s sponsors and Supporters.

Magic Rock Brewing http://www.magicrockbrewing.com/

Santa Cruz Bikes http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en/uk

Chromag Components http://www.chromagbikes.com/

Bern Helmets http://www.bernunlimited.com/

Black Anchor Tattoos http://www.blackanchortattoo.co.uk/

Shimano http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/

X Fusion Forks http://www.xfusionshox.com/

WTB http://www.wtb.com/

Victor and Liberty http://www.victorandliberty.com/

Vulpine http://www.vulpine.cc/

Alpkit https://www.alpkit.com/

North West Barber Company http://www.northwestbarberco.com/

Make Piece http://www.makepiece.com/

Alpine Outdoors http://www.alpineoutdoors.co.uk/

Old Gate Hebden Bridge http://www.oldgatehebden.co.uk/

Rich Norgate http://cargocollective.com/wwwrichardnorgate

The Weird and Wonderful http://www.theweirdandwonderful.com/

Invisiframe http://www.invisiframe.co.uk/

In the press again

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There’s a full page feature in the latest issue of MBUK about the Santa Cruz Heckler that Ed is riding this year. The brief for the photo was to get a picture of bike and rider with an interesting background that reflected his character! Where better for this than the location used in The Chop. We pulled a load of skulls and bones in from The Weird and the Wonderful and set Chris the barber up with his scissors and chair in the North West Barber Co. Hercules the Pug posed expertly (yes he is real and not stuffed!) and Benji Haworth took the photo.

Grab a copy of the magazine and check it out.

We’re in the Guardian

At the end of the last trip over to the Basque Country Doug from Basque MTB and myself got involved with a travel cycling feature for the Guardian. You can check it out today in the paper or here online.

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The riding in this part of the world is second to none with flowing, technical, singletrack trails which drop down through forested mountains all the way to the sandy beaches of the ocean. The ride that we did for this feature is one that we always end both the ‘Basque Country’ and ‘Backcountry Pyrenees’ trips with.

We rode along the Basque coast into the fabulous city of San Sebastian where we toured the bars eating the delicious pintxos (Basque for tapas) and trying the odd glass of wine, high end sherry and even real ale! As you can appreciate, we have a really hard job some days!

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If you’d like to sample the great riding, whilst picking up some tips to make you a better rider, as well as the fine food and culture of this area then we run several trips throughout the year. See the Trips tab above.

Thanks to Benji Haworth for the Guardian photo.

 

 

Adventure

Ed is not dead!

After last year’s Internet phenomenon, “The Chop” vimeo.com/79572828 which had over 32,000 views and a showing at the Kendal Mountain Festival, Ed Oxley aka Great Rock is back with more stories from the hills.

“Despite an apparent beheading at the end of his last film, Ed has returned! Come with him as he joins Andy McKenna from Go Where Scotland go-where.co.uk/ on another journey of discovery, not this time into the strange alternate universe of Accrington, but instead into the wilds of Scotland. Ed searches for the ‘Peaty’ he’s heard so much about but never tasted – but what will this search lead to?

A story of bothies, bogs (both sat on and rode over) beer, bikes and something Peaty….

The first from a series of four longer videos scheduled for 2014, this story of adventure chimes with Ed’s plans for the rest of the year, with the new guided trips in the UK called Northern Rock and trips abroad, in the Basque Country and the French Riviera adding to the renowned UK skills courses.

For 2014 Great Rock is joined in adventure by these sponsors:

Chromag - shore-lines.co.uk

KS Seatposts - jungleproducts.co.uk/

Santa Cruz Bikes -santacruzbikes.co.uk/

Shimano - madison.co.uk/

X fusion -upgradebikes.co.uk/

Magic Rock Brewing - magicrockbrewing.com

Alpkit - alpkit.co.uk

Shot and edited by Benji Haworth benjimedia.wordpress.com/

Many Thanks to Andy McKenna and a certain World Champion for helping to make it happen.

Music by The Black Angels