Seasonal Videos from the Basque Country, Spain

Mar 12, 2011 at 9:50
by Doug McDonald  

Three videos shot in the Spanish Basque country from Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Over the past few months I have been shooting some videos, with the idea of showing people a bit about what the riding is like in this relatively unknown corner of Spain, where the Pyrenees reach down to the wild Atlantic Ocean. One of the things that I love about the Basque Country is the seasons, and hopefully these videos show the variety of riding here and the changes the seasons bring.

Spring: Returning to the Summits

What can you say about Spring. There's that special feeling in the air; the combination of the knowledge of sunny days to come and the sexual tension of the animal kingdom. The snow has gone from the higher mountains and those trail are fair game once more. This mountain is a personal favourite of mine, the top is rocky, technical and a test of nerves, but the bottom is faster and more flowing. The crosses at the summit mark a pilgrimage route and the stones have been polished by generations of feet meaning that grip is a bit scarce in places which just adds to the excitement. This video covers the first couple of kilometers of this 10km descent.

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Summer: Epic Days on the Coast

Summer is all about long, warm days riding by the coast. We're lucky that ancient tectonic plate movement kicked up lots of ridge-like mountains which fence the Atlantic ocean here, giving loads of coastal trails with a decent amount of vertical to play with. The day I shot this video I left the van by the sea and rode the whole day, capturing video as I went. I got caught out by the sunset a few hundred meters above the van, as you can see, and had to limp my way down the last descent in the pitch dark. Epic Summer days from morning until dusk are what it's all about. Am I wrong?

Views: 4,106    Faves: 19    Comments: 4




Autumn / Winter: Surfing Leaves in the Forests

We live in one of the greenest areas of Spain, with big sections of ancient deciduous forest so, of course, Autumn and Winter bring in a big change. First the forests turn a crazy range of colors, from shining gold through burnt orange to deep red, and then the first of the Winter storms roll in knocking all the leaves from the trees. All the trails in the forests are covered in a deep blanket of leaves. If you know where the tracks are you can have a blast surfing the leaves down the trails. It's a bit like skiing powder, you just point it downhill and let the bike slide about under you. If it all goes wrong and you have to bail it's a fairly soft landing anyway!

Views: 2,415    Faves: 13    Comments: 3
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18 Comments

  • + 4
 wow, awesome terrain! all 3 videos are just lovely to watch. But don't tell me you did all the riding + shooting yourself?!

Just one comment to the rider: you are riding very well, no doubt. But you might try to ride in a slightly more upright position, a bit less bent over. It will allow you more active handling of the bike and more control!

ps: I especially love the landscape from 2:05-2:30 in the summer-video tup
  • + 2
 Cheers! Yeah riding/shooting by myself. You're spot on with the position, I've been told that a few times before, but find, especially on harder trails, that I revert to the "crouch".
  • + 1
 king of de bongo baby
  • + 1
 The server's gone funny on me and has only let me see the first vid but I can't wait to see the other two. Really nice vid, beautiful places and good music. Props!!!!
  • + 2
 You can't beat spain for cheap flights, dusty singletrack and San miguel! I love the Sierra Nevada southern Spain
  • + 1
 I do appreciate dusty singletracks, but you still have to wash your bike after riding it.
  • + 1
 Cheers for the comments guys. Left my pack, also lost my goggles :-( They must be up there somewhere so hopefully get them next time I go.
  • + 1
 Sweet love to see your bids here Doug!! I can really recommend Doug as a guide to everyone.
  • + 1
 Cheers Tomas! Hope to see you out here again for some more trails.
  • + 1
 For some reason I'm really digging the AM style of videos lately... Good job!
  • + 1
 Home, sweet home!!! Ha ha
  • + 1
 dude! you left your pack at the top of that first mountain in spring
  • + 2
 THATS AWESOME!
  • + 1
 Good to see you on here, Doug; great work! Saludos de MexicoMTB.com
  • + 1
 Hey Steve! Long time, still rocking the Mexican trails?
  • + 1
 Definitely! I've been organising the first regional downhill series too which has been a great laugh so far.
  • + 1
 Sweet! Sounds like it's all working out there then. My Dad's still rocking the bike you sold him too.
  • + 1
 GOOD TRAILS

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