Blog of a one-time trainee mountain bike guide, now retired.
Photo Epic – A great day out in the Basque Country – Ascent and descent of Ernio
While holidaying in South West France, a stone’s throw from the French and Spanish Basque country, I took the opportunity to hook up with my riding buddies Carlos and Jorge for a back-country Basque ride on one of the local classics, just outside San Sebastian. I was to bring my camera along so Carlos and Jorge could write a piece for their local magazine.
It was to be a big mountain day. Monte Ernio. 1,000 metres high. One mountain. One ascent. One descent.
I have to say (as everyones does, but I mean it) this was one of the best all-round days I have had on a bike – a lot of climbing, but manageable. A fair bit of carrying, but all walkable. And an amazing 10 kilometre descent with a wide variety of trails thrown in – from steep sheer jagged rock, to UK style woodland flow. I wish I’d got more pictures through the beautiful sun-dappled, dusty woodland singletrack, but, you know…
All in all, a great day! i hope you enjoy the photos!