Remember that old motorbike from The Chop

Well it’s taken a while but we’re getting there now….


What’s going on at Great Rock?

It’s been a busy year so far with lots of changes….

I’m taking bookings now for the Stop Crashing 1 and 2 courses at Gisburn Forest as well as the Alpine Tech course in Hebden Bridge. These courses are at weekends and are open group days running from 9.30 to 3.30. Cost is £85 per person for a day.

I’m also doing a day and a half during the week for private 1 to 1 or group bookings. These are usually run in Hebden Bridge and sometimes also use the great Hurstwood trail. Half days cost from £110 for a 1 to 1.

There are a couple of places left for the second week of the Backcountry Pyrenees Skills Trip.

This year I started a clothing brand with Brant Richards called HebTroCo. We sell trousers made in Hebden Bridge using the moleskin and corduroy fabrics that the area is famous for. Starting up a new business from scratch has been a big undertaking and has dominated the year. Before you ask, no we are not making cycling trousers! Great Rock continues alongside the new venture and new course dates continue to be added. Please get in contact if you want to book a private half day or full day.


Must be time for a new film

The last one was adventureNOW released back in the spring. It’s always fun making sweet media with Andy from Go-Where and Tim Whitenosugar

The project was made possible by Sweet Protection who sponsor both Andy and myself with their fantastic range of helmets, clothing, knee pads and Rad bits and bobs.

Right then. What are we going to do next?



A great email published in the latest MBUK from one of our guests who came on the Backcountry Pyrenees skills trip back in October. As he says here, he re-booked to come again straight away.

It’s always sunny in Hebden Bridge

You might have seen something about Hebden Bridge getting flooded on the news. Southern propaganda I say, it’s always sunny here. Come and see for yourself (just wait until after Friday when the pub re-opens)

2016 Basque & Pyrenees dates

All dates and details for the 2016 trips are out now. Click on the Trips heading above.

2015 has been the best year so far for the Great Rock trips run in partnership with Basque MTB. All the trips have a mountain bike skills element, which adds to the overall feel of the holiday without making it into a “skills clinic”.

Each day we spend up to an hour sessioning a section of trail or developing a riding technique. The rest of the day is spent riding, but all the time riders are under the eye of Ed, the skills trainer and Doug, the head guide. There is plenty of opportunity to follow or by followed by both of them and the feedback is that this really helps riders to progress their skills, flow over the trails better and take on new challenges.


We have three different trips.

The spring Backcountry Pyrenees has longer hours of daylight for more time on the bikes and concentrates on slightly lower altitude trails on mainly south facing slopes.

The autumn Backcountry Pyrenees trips take us higher into the High Pyrenees, with uplifts regularly taking us up over 2000m.

In the summer we run trips in the Basque Country on and near to the coast. Here the trails are shorter in length but rich in their technicality, beautiful ocean views and always close to the amazing Basque gastronomy to keep body and soul together.

On the Basque coast trips guests stay in one place and enjoy more off the bike time whereas the Backcountry trips involve more driving and staying in different accommodations. If you’ve seen the social media feeds then you know that we like to ride hard and eat well. Every year a good proportion of guests rebook to return again which we think is a great testament to the quality of both the riding, social atmosphere and great food that we like to share.

All photos by Douglas McDonald