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

Rear wheel lifts

The ‘rear wheel lift’ technique is covered in the Stop Crashing 2 course along with the ‘manual’.

This is the 4th mountain bike skills video in a series of 5 shot and edited by Tim from Whitenosugar Productions. All Viagra 100mg the videos were shot on the new new skills loop at the Gisburn Forest Trail Hub.

These videos make great reminders for people who have been on my skills courses and worked through the techniques in more practical detail.

Pumping the trail

One of the most important techniques in mountain biking, whether you’re riding trail centres or natural trails. It’s a technique that a lot of people get wrong or just don’t do at all. This video online poker using debit cards should give you a general idea of the technique, but to really make sure you are doing it properly book on to a Stop Crashing 2, Flow or Jumps course. It will revolutionise your riding.


Gisburn Forest Skills with Ed Oxley : Part Two from Whitenosugar Productions on Vimeo.

Here’s the second in the series of skills videos shot on the trails I use for proextender turkey skills courses at Gisburn Forest. Everyone wants to jump and feel some air below them. If you’re interested in getting up there then check out the Jumps for Dads course.

Riding berms

Gisburn Forest Skills with Ed Oxley from Whitenosugar Productions on Vimeo.

This is the first in a series of short skills videos shot on the new trails at Gisburn Forest. I’ve tried to keep it clear and simple in the videos to give a flavour of the skills shown. If you want to know more, the best thing to do is come for a skills session. Have a look at the courses that I offer at Gisburn which use the trails you see proactol dosage in these videos.

I’ve been running skills courses at Gisburn for as long as the trails have been there. It’s great to see the place evolving with new sections into one of the UK’s top trail centres. I run the Stop Crashing courses here as well as Flow and Jumps for Dads.

The video was shot and edited by Tim from Whitenosugar Productions. I’ve made a few videos with Tim before including Edventure, Hurstwood Mountain Bike Trail and Keep it Local.

Trans Provence Skills

Here’s the edit from the recent 3 day skills holiday trip to the French Maritime Alps. We still have a couple of places available for the next trip on 13-15 March. Check the Trans Provence Skills tab above under Courses for more details.