Majorca

I was on holiday in Majorca last week in a lovely villa just on the outskirts of Pollenca. 

It was fantastic as I managed to combine an excellent family holiday – with Rach’s two brothers, respective wives and niece – with some great cycling.

Mindful of preventing the cycling compromising the holiday for others and of the midday sun this involved getting up early in the morning and trying to hit the road by 06:15.  I managed 4 rides.

Ride

Time

Length

Climb

Day 1

4hr35

127km

1,840m

Day 2

3hr35

107km

1,125m

Day 3

5hr22

132km

3,020m

Day 4

4hr20

102km

2,612m

Total

17hr52

468km

8,597m

Without doubt this was some of the best cycling I’ve done.  The terrain was sufficiently challenging, the roads really quiet and some of the scenery just stunning.

On the fourth day I found the Sa Calobra climb which this photo only does partial justice.

It’s a 10km climb with an average of nearly 8% gradient.  Far too good to do only once so I did it a couple of times.  There was almost no traffic and just a couple of cyclists on the road so both the descents and ascents were terrific fun.  Surely one of the best climbs in Europe? 

There were plenty of other climbs including another corker over near Soller which had 30 switchbacks – eat your heart out Alpe D’Huez.  Well, sort of – it had nowhere near the ascent but you know what I mean. 

Majorca even has it’s own scaled down version of Mont Ventoux, Piug de Randa, which you can see for miles around.  If even has it’s own weather station at the top and tremendous views of the surrounding landscape.

I’ll definitely  be heading back there at some stage, probably for a Spring training session.  I can’t think of anywhere better.

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  1. 1 thompdk said at 10:08 pm on June 16th, 2009:

    Am in Pollanca in July, hiring a bike out there. The rides look great. From the charts the gradients don’t seem to get much above 8-9% – is that right? Drove to Sa Calobra a couple of years ago (agree it is stunning) – memory tells me it was much steeper in places.

  2. 2 Paul Nixon said at 5:17 am on June 17th, 2009:

    Thom

    Lucky you! I guess my only concern in July would be the temperature. I can’t say enough good things about my rides out there.

    I’m not sure if you noticed by the ‘days’ in the table are clickable and you can see the routes that I did. Day 2 was a cracker if you need a bit of an easier day. Just one climb at the end (the Majorcan Ventoux) with incredible views.

    You are right about the gradients, not much about 8 or 9%. The Sa Calobra climb was definately the highlight for me mostly on aesthetic grounds. It’s 10km and an average of 7.8% and it does kick up a couple of times.

    The hardest day was Day 3 and the climb back up from Soller to Pollenca is a bit of a beast. Really long. There are some fun tunnels too which I found a little scary. Being so dark the foreground doesn’t seem to move and the end of the tunnel doesn’t look as though it’s getting any closer. And there were bats. A bit creepy :-) .

    Do you have a Garmin? I could try and sort you out a couple of course files for the different routes.

    Anyway, I shan’t witter on. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m by no means an expert on riding on the island, but I’ll do my best.

    Cheers

    Paul