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Was once a trainee guide at BasqueMTB.com. Back to being a tourist now. www.captainianphoto.com

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Dec 13, 2017 at 5:33
Dec 13, 2017
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Dec 13, 2017 at 3:55
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captainian captainian's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 2:20
Dec 13, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
@jrocksdh: try www.lastffetta.com - this is run by Davide Brondi who also moonlights as a guide for Richard and is a bloody fast rider! We sampled his beers in Calci - all sorts, wheat beers, porters, IPAs, strong pilsener lagers etc...
captainian captainian's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 23:56
Dec 11, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
Don't worry about the beer - plenty of it, cold, bottled and all days end at a bar. Proper beer, not American ;) There is way more riding than sitting in vans - maybe an hour (absolute max) in the morning and then usually a short shuttle or 2 during the day. One day uses ski lifts.
captainian captainian's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 12:21
Dec 11, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
@simirving: you should definitely go. The combination of food, lifestyle, weather, scenery, coffee, history and TRAILS makes it an irresistible combination. The hills above massa have a huge network of trails, some man made, some natural. All awesome!
captainian captainian's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 6:45
Dec 11, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
@cyberwoozle: Ooooooofffff - tough question - I've done both too. In terms of tech it's probably comparable - the hardest trails in Tuscany were probably a bit tougher than the hardest in Basque (coast or Backcountry) but maybe that's because it's fresher in my mind - and now I think about it, Doug's newer steep trails are on a par (i.e. both scare me a bit). But if you enjoyed Basque - you would definitely enjoy this. Quite a few of the group above have done both Basque trips and loved Tuscany. All want to go back. The thing that struck all of us was the variety of trails - from proper alpine riding, to steep loam, to a bit of impromptu bike park, to some man made techy/jumpy flow trails, to Mediterranean scrub, burnt woods, local superenduro race tracks (difficult!), switchbacky natural goat tracks and deep forest - all within a short drive of the base. Richard has so much to offer in terms of terrain - he will make sure you get the type of trails you want. Not sure if that answers your question!
captainian captainian's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 4:24
Dec 11, 2017
captainian captainian's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 0:09
Dec 11, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
are* Tuscany* It's quite easy to get to 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) in Tuscany - we did one day in the high mountains using the ski lifts to access higher trails (the final lift was closed due to high winds so no photos made the final cut). Tuscany is home to the short-toed eagle, amongst several other birds of prey. I have not formally identified the raptor in the photograph, but Tuscany is also home to peregrine falcons, kites and buzzards. http://www.europeanraptors.org/raptors/short_toed_eagle.html Several other species of eagle are native to Italy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Italy
captainian captainian's article
Dec 10, 2017 at 10:39
Dec 10, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
@nvranka There's plenty of gnarr - super steep rocky super enduro trails, and some super steep loam too etc. Richard likes to deal with groups rather than individuals (to avoid the problem you talk about) so best to get 6 of you together and have a bespoke week - drop him a mail - he will always be responsive and bends over backwards to give you what you want...
captainian captainian's article
Dec 10, 2017 at 6:24
Dec 10, 2017
Where Eagles Dare: High in Tuscany
He didn't make the gap jump... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OpMRRgTseI
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